Barnsley shocked Hull City at the MKM Stadium with a well-deserved 2-0 win on Tuesday night in front of the biggest crowd of the season.
Callum Styles and Carlton Morris got the goals in the first half and in truth, the home side never really looked like reducing the arrears. They were booed off after an abject performance that will need to improve quickly against Peterborough United on Saturday.
Story of the match
Barnsley kicked the game off and saw the majority of the ball in the first couple of minutes. It was Hull City though who had the first chance of the game - Keane Lewis-Potter got his volley all wrong after Di'Shon Bernard's cross to the back post on two minutes.
Brandon Fleming's 50 yard cross-field ball soon after found Ryan Longman, who won a corner. City couldn't make the most of it though and Richie Smallwood's hopeful ball in sailed way over Bradley Collins' goal into the North Stand.
The game became a touch scrappy after that - understandably so with such a big crowd in attendance for the home side. Barnsley did have the ball in the net but the lineman's flag went up extremely quickly. A very smart save by Harvey Cartwright from a Domingos Quina effort kept Barnsley out on 14 minutes, with the away side starting to push their hosts. City kept giving the ball back to Barnsley and inviting pressure on themselves.
It was no surprise when Barnsley eventually went ahead on 27 minutes. The ball was given away yet again carelessly by the home defense and Callum Styles was on hand to slot in past a helpless Cartwright. It could have been two soon after and the home side looked shell-shocked.
City did put one good move together just before half time when Bernard's crossfield ball found Lewis-Potter, but his shot whistled just wide of the upright. Brandon Fleming was then booked after making a tackle to stop a Barnsley break - despite appearing to get the ball - and the away side then smashed in their second through Carlton Morris. Boos rang around the stadium as the whistle went for half time with then home side with it all to do in the second period.
Neither side made changes at half time and Sean McLoughlin had the first chance at goal - a header from a corner. Collins took the ball easily however and it was beginning to look like one of those nights for the Tigers.
Richie Smallwood and Marcus Forss made way for the home side just before the hour mark with Greg Docherty and Tyler Smith coming on. The home side did dominate the possession as the game went on, but very rarely threatened Barnsley's goal and the home crowd were getting increasingly frustrated. Tyler Smith was put through one-on-one with Collins but the keeper stopped with his feet to deny the striker on 70 minutes.
That was the closest City got and many home fans left long before the final whistle. Those that did let their displeasure be heard and the Tigers need to improve dramatically at London Road this weekend.