Barnsley suffered an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to League Two Carlisle United in the first round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday. 

The Cumbrians took the lead midway through the first half after an error by debutant Aapo Halme then the same player conceded a penalty for the second goal early in the second half, before another followed five minutes later. 

The margin of victory could have been greater for the away side who made the Reds pay for a lacklustre and error-strewn performance. 

Daniel Stendel made seven changes from the side that lost at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Brad Collins and Halme made their debuts, Callum Styles and Conor Chaplin started for the Reds for the first time while Jordan Williams, Dani Pinillos and Mamadou Thiam started for the first time this season. 

Visiting goalkeeper Adam Collin was tested three times in the first five minutes, comfortably catching low long-range efforts by Thiam and Styles and diving to his right to repel a Cauley Woodrow 12-yard effort from the right of the box. Woodrow then had another effort easily stopped from the just outside the box. 

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The visitors began creating chances after a quiet first 15 minutes, starting with Harry McKirdy forcing Brad Collins into a save from a tight angle on the left. Ryan Loft was then put clean through and denied by a good one-on-one save then Nathan Thomas latched onto a cross field ball on the right of the box and forced another impressive stop out of Collins who, seconds later, brilliantly pushed over McKirdy’s deflected rebound. 

The Cumbrians eventually made the breakthrough on 25 minutes through a terrible mistake by Halme who jumped over a pass from one of his team-mates which put McKirdy clean through to score. 

Conor Chaplin nearly levelled with a powerful 12-yard strike following a corner which was well tipped over by Collin. The visitors almost doubled their lead in bizarre fashion when Loft, on the floor after tussling for the ball, took advantage of a bad Cameron McGeehan touch by volleying the ball 20 yards out with his back on the floor and the effort went inches over. 

Chaplin had another chance just before the break when he was put through on goal by a poor McKirdie backpass and rounded the goalkeeper but, with the open net gaping, he hesitated on the right of the six-yard box and allowed defenders to block his effort then Jordan Williams’ rebound was cleared off the line. 

The visitors doubled their lead just before the hour-mark when McKirdy was allowed to run unchecked into the box from the left wing and was pushed over by Halme for a clear penalty which was tucked away by Jack Bridge. 

Woodrow almost pulled one back when his flicked header from a Williams cross hit the near post. But the visitors got the next goal on 63 minutes when Styles lost the ball just outside his box after struggling to control a poor McGeehan pass and was robbed by Nathan Thomas who went clean through to score. 

It was almost 4-0 on 88 minutes when Stefan Scougall went clean through following a good move and a Hallam Hope pass. His shot beat Collins but rolled against the inside of the post and was cleared. 

Barnsley (4-4-1-1): Collins; J Williams, Halme, Andersen, Pinillos; Wilks (Thomas 61mins), McGeehan, Styles (Miller 74), Thiam; Chaplin (Bahre 61), Woodrow. Unused: Radlinger, B Williams, Sibbick, Moon. Yellow cards: Styles, Amdersen, Bahre.

Carlisle (4-2-3-1): Collin; Elliott, Webster, Knight-Percival, Iredale; Bridge, Jones; Thomas (Hope 76mins), Scougall, McKirdy (Olomola 65); Loft (Hayden 81). Unused: Gray, Mellish, Branthwaite, Sagaf.  Goals: McKirdy 24, Bridge 58 (pen), Thomas 63.

Referee: Ben Toner (Blackburn). Attendance: 5,208 (385 from Carlisle). 

 
AS IT HAPPENED
  • 1
  • 19:52pm
     
    Visiting goalkeeper Adam Collins has already been tested three times in the first 5 minutes
  • 19:52pm
     
    He has saved long-range low shots from both Thiam and Styles then dived to his right to make a slightly more difficult stop from Woodrow inside the box
  • 19:55pm
     
    8 Carlisle have a corner but it is cleared then a quick counter-attack leads to Wilks winning a corner at the other end which McGeehan takes and it is also cleared easily
  • 19:57pm
     
    10 Thiam has a shot blocked, it rebounds all the away across the edge of the box to Wilks who blazes over from 20 yards
  • 19:58pm
     
    Barnsley have begun on top but haven't got in behind their League Two visitors so far
  • 19:59pm
     
    Carlisle's fans are making themselves heard early on here in a muted Oakwell
  • 20:01pm
    Dani Pinillos is making his first start of the season today
  • 20:02pm
    Mallik Wilks in action
  • 20:02pm
     
    Wilks is playing on the right wing today, with Thiam on the left. Conor Chaplin is operating just before lone striker Woodrow
  • 20:04pm
     
    Callum Styles just produced the moment of the match so far. He received the ball facing his own goal near halfway and brilliantly spun with it around a defender to start an attack. Barnsley then kept the ball for about 20 passes before Carlisle eventually cleared
  • 20:05pm
     
    17 Cauley Woodrow will be desperate to get his first goal of the season tonight and just had his second shot saved by Collin. This one a low, weak effort from outside the box.
  • 20:06pm
     
    18 Carlisle's first shot comes from Harry McKirdy who runs down the left and into the box before his effort from a very tight angle is turned away by Brad Collins. The visitors take the resulting corner short but Barnsley clear
  • 20:07pm
     
    20 A much better chance for Carlisle sees Ryan Loft beat the offside trap and go clean through on goal but Collins makes a good one-on-one save
  • 20:07pm
     
    That was by far the best chance of the match so far and the Cumbrians have had a good five minutes after their hosts dominated early on
  • 20:09pm
     
    22 Brad Collins is keeping Barnsley in this at the moment. He makes a double save as Nathan Thomas is found in the box by a deep ball from the left then the rebound from McKirdy is brilliantly tipped over by the 'keeper
  • 20:10pm
     
    23 Dani Pinillos – yet to score for Barnsley – shoots weekly at the goalkeeper from 25 yards. The home side's efforts have all been tame
  • 20:11pm
     
    GOAL!
    Harry McKirdy
  • 20:12pm
     
    GOAL!
    'Championship, you're having a laugh' sing the away fans. Their team have been all over their hosts in the last ten minutes
  • 20:17pm
     
    29 Conor Chaplin almost levels. The ball falls to him after a Styles corner is punched away and his powerful 12 yard effort from the right of the box is well palmed over by Collin. The closest the Reds have come
  • 20:22pm
     
    Ten minutes left in this first half and, after a good start, the Reds have been disappointing and could be further behind
  • 20:23pm
     
    36 Carlisle nearly score a very odd second, as their striker Loft is on the ground after tussling for the ball when a poor McGeehan touch allows him to volley it with his back on the floor and it drifts just over the bar from 20 yards
  • 20:26pm
     
    Barnsley are regularly losing the ball at the back, mainly Aapo Halme, and the crowd are getting quite frustrated
  • 20:27pm
     
    The Reds just can't seem to work their passing style up the pitch without picking out someone in a bright green shirt
  • 20:29pm
    Brad Collins has been Barnsley's best player by far. This is him tipping over McKirdy's deflected effort
  • 20:30pm
     
    43 Barnsley come closest to scoring as Conor Chaplin goes around the goalkeeper on the right of the box but, with the goal gaping, hesitates and allows defenders to come back and block his effort. Eventually Jordan Williams has a shot from the edge of the box which is cleared off the line. The Reds really should be level
  • 20:34pm
     
    45+3 Thiam shoots from 25 yards and Collin gets down to his right to save easily
  • 20:36pm
     
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Carlisle 1
  • 20:51pm
     
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 20:53pm
     
    Barnsley will be looking to be much, much better than in the first half. They were kept in far longer in the dressing room than their visitors who were waiting for several minutes before Barnsley ran out to join them
  • 20:54pm
     
    YELLOW CARD
    Callum Styles booked for sliding into a tackle on the halfway line
  • 20:56pm
     
    Thiam tries to play a one-two with Pinillos and kicks it out of play. Barnsley just have not got into any kind of rhythm tonight and keep making sloppy errors
  • 20:59pm
     
    Not a huge amount has happened so far in the second half but the Reds do look more attacking and alert than they did before the break
  • 21:01pm
     
    Both Cauley Woodrow and Cameron McGeehan have sent long-range shots well, well wide in this second half
  • 21:04pm
     
    Penalty to Carlisle. Halme pushes McKirdy over in the box
  • 21:04pm
     
    GOAL!
    Scored by Jack Bridge
  • 21:06pm
     
    Halme's nightmare debut continues as he shoves the visiting winger over in the box but his team-mates are also responsible for allowing McKirdy to run so far with it into the box without being tackled
  • 21:06pm
     
    60 Woodrow almost pulls one back with a flick header from Jordan Williams' cross but it thuds off the near right post
  • 21:07pm
     
    Stendel makes a double change with Wilks and Chaplin replaced by Mike Bahre and Luke Thomas
  • 21:10pm
     
    GOAL!
    Nathan Thomas makes it 3-0 to the visitors
  • 21:11pm
     
    Another disaster. McGeehan plays a difficult pass to Styles who struggles to control it and is robbed by Thomas who goes clean through and scores
  • 21:16pm
     
    This has been a flat, disjointed, error-strewn display by the Reds and their League Two visitors have taken full advantage of it.
  • 21:20pm
     
    George Miller comes on for Callum Styles on 74 minutes
  • 21:22pm
     
    Carlisle bring on Hallam Hope for Nathan Thomas
  • 21:24pm
     
    Approaching the final ten minutes of a game which the Reds will want to forget
  • 21:27pm
     
    United's last change sees Aaron Hayden replace Ryan Loft
  • 21:33pm
     
    Paul Conway makes his way out of the directors' box, the Barnsley co-chairman has seen enough - as have many of the fans
  • 21:33pm
     
    The Reds have created a few chances but Carlisle could have won this by more and deserve to have inflicted a shock cup loss on a badly underperforming home side
  • 21:34pm
     
    88 How is it not 4-0? A good Carlisle move ends with Stefan Scougall going through on goal and putting a shot past Collins put it trickles onto the post and is eventually cleared
  • 21:36pm
     
    90 Scougall goes close again, firing a low shot just wide from the edge of the box
  • 21:37pm
     
    Five added minutes. Barnsley just want this to be over
  • 21:38pm
     
    Attendance: 5,208 (385 away fans)
  • 21:41pm
     
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Carlisle 3.