Barnsley suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Preston North End on Saturday which left them second-bottom in the Championship and winless for ten matches. 

Preston dominated the first half and took the lead but Cameron McGeehan levelled just before the break with his first goal of the season and the Reds’ first away from home since May. The hosts then scored three goals in 13 minutes early in the second half before adding another late on as Barnsley were outclassed and torn apart defensively. 

The Reds are two points adrift of safety having picked up just one point from the five games between the first two international breaks of the season. 

Daniel Stendel made one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Derby County on Wednesday. Centre-back Mads Andersen dropped to the bench with midfielder Cameron McGeehan returning from injury and Toby Sibbick dropping back into defence. 

The hosts were well on top for the first 40 minutes and created several clear-cut chances as their visitors struggled to venture out of their half or deal with North End’s quality movement and quality. 

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Preston had the first shot on goal as their top-scorer Daniel Johnson unleashed a powerful low effort from just outside the box which Brad Collins got down to his right to push away. 

The hosts had a far better chance when Johnson ran into the box from the right wing and squared to Sean Maguire who should have scored from eight yards out but shot straight at Collins who blocked well with his legs. 

Former England international David Nugent headed over from a Joe Rafferty cross then, after 25 minutes, Jacob Brown’s wayward 25-yard effort was Barnsley’s first shot of the game.

The breakthrough came in the 31st minute when Preston’s swift passing meant Nugent could play in Tom Barkuizen in yards of space on the right of the box and, after his shot was well-saved by Collins, Johnson looped a header into the net. 

The hosts missed a golden chance soon after as, for the second time in the game, a fine move ended with Johnson pulling the ball back in the box for Maguire who shot straight at Collins, this time from six yards out. 

The equaliser came from Barnsley’s first corner of the match, which was taken from the left by Mike Bahre and went over almost everyone but Conor Chaplin hooked the ball back in and it fell for McGeehan to smash into the bottom right corner from five yards out. 

The hosts were back in front five minutes after the interval when Johnson burst behind the defence and squared to Barkuizen who beat Collins in a one-on-one situation 15 yards out. 

Bahre almost levelled when, after taking a corner on the left, he got behind the home defence to meet an Alex Mowatt cross on the left of the box 12 yards out but volleyed across goal and inches wide of the bottom right post. 

Nugent should have made it 3-1 after an hour when he was left totally unmarked at the back post from a right-wing and had time to chest the ball down eight yards out before scuffing badly wide. 

It was 3-1 soon after when a lofted pass by Paul Gallagher put Johnson through on goal and he beat Collins for his second of the game. It was 4-1 two minutes later when ex-Red Ben Pearson tapped in from close range after a sensational run from the pacy Barkhuizen down the left wing before he crossed low. 

The fifth goal was the most embarrassing as Sibbick was robbed on the edge of the box by substitute Josh Harrop who went through on goal and chipped Collins. 

Former Barnsley man Brad Potts, who came off the bench, almost added an incredible sixth goal when he attempted a volleyed lob from a long ball but put it narrowly over the bar. Another substitute Jayden Stockley then headed straight at Collins from a corner. 

Barnsley: Collins; J Williams (Green 83mins), Halme, Sibbick, B Williams; Brown (Wilks 55), McGeehan, Mowatt, Bahre (Styles 68); Chaplin, Woodrow.  Subs: Walton, Andersen, Green, Thomas, Pinillos.  Yellow cards: McGeehan. Goals: McGeehan 43. 

Preston: Rudd; Browne, Davies, Bauer, Rafferty; Gallagher, Pearson; Johnson, Barkhuizen (Potts 83mins), Maguire (Stockley 74mins); Nugent (Harrop 74) Subs: Hudson, Storey, Ledson, Bodin, Potts.  Goals: Johnson 31, 61, Barkhuizen 50, Pearson 63, Harrop 77. 

AS IT HAPPENED
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  • GAME UNDERWAY
  • 15:02pm
     
    1 The hosts venture into Barnsley box down the right wing but Ben Williams clears
  • 15:04pm
     
    Barnsley are wearing red shirts today instead of their usual white
  • 15:05pm
     
    4 minutes in and PNE have had most of the ball but are yet to create any opportunities
  • 15:07pm
     
    Barnsley fans are in good voice this afternoon, with chants of 'Yorkshire! Yorkshire!' coming from the away end. Their team is starting to get a bit more of the ball now but most of the play is in the centre of the pitch
  • 15:10pm
     
    8 First shot on goal of the game comes from the hosts. Daniel Johnson, who has five already this season, skips into space just outside the box and fires towards the bottom left corner but Brad Collins gets down to make a decent save then Sean Maguire's weak follow-up is easily caught
  • 15:12pm
     
    Barnsley are having to do a lot of defending at the moment as Preston knock the ball around well. The hosts are clearly confident after their good start to the season, but yet to really open Barnsley up
  • 15:16pm
     
    16 The home crowd getting a bit annoyed that their side are having so much of the ball but not passing through the visitors, instead going side to side and back into their half
  • 15:17pm
     
    17 Huge chance for the hosts, Johnson does well on the right wing and gets into the box before squaring to Maguire who should score eight yards out but fires too close to Collins who blocks with his legs.
  • 15:19pm
     
    So two decent saves by Collins keeping his side at 0-0, with the hosts dominating possession - mainly in the Barnsley half
  • 15:22pm
     
    21 Preston have a corner on the right which is flicked on then Allan Browne attempts to volley it but only makes slightly contact and the ball goes out to the wing. It is put back in the area twice more before David Nugent heads over a Joe Rafferty cross
  • 15:24pm
     
    Halfway through the first half now and the hosts have been well on top, with Barnsley barely mustering an attack. But the Reds are still level and have only really been cut open once
  • 15:26pm
     
    25 Jacob Brown has Barnsley's first shot of the game, firing well wide of the bottom left corner from 25 yards after a decent passing move
  • 15:28pm
     
    YELLOW CARD
    Cameron McGeehan is the first man in the book for pulling back a PNE player after the ball was lost in midfield and the hosts tried to break
  • 15:31pm
     
    GOAL!
    Daniel Johnson puts the hosts ahead
  • 15:33pm
     
    It's a good move by the hosts which leaves Barnsley lacking in numbers at the back as David Nugent plays in Barkuizen on the right, his shot is well-saved by Collins but loops up and Johnson heads in
  • 15:35pm
     
    You have to say the hosts deserve their lead after being well on top throughout the game so far
  • 15:38pm
     
    Should be 2-0. Another impressive PNE move means that, for the second time in the game, Johnson squares for Magure who is totally free in the box from close range but shoots too close to Collins who makes a good save. This time it was a move down the left wing
  • 15:43pm
     
    GOAL!
    Cameron McGeehan equalises!
  • 15:44pm
     
    It's Barnsley's first away goal of the season
  • 15:44pm
     
    Mike Bahre's left-wing corner goes over everyone, Chaplin plays it back into the middle and McGeehan blasts into the bottom right corner from close range
  • 16:04pm
     
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 16:06pm
     
    Barnsley got away with being dominated in the first half, can they take advantage of that now and build on the momentum of that equaliser?
  • 16:09pm
     
    GOAL!
    Tom Barkuizen restores the hosts' lead
  • 16:10pm
     
    Daniel Johnson, who is running this game. gets away from the Reds defence and squares to Barkuizen who is one-on-one with Collins and finds the bottom right corner
  • 16:13pm
     
    Jacob Brown is replaced by Mallik Wilks in the first change of the game
  • 16:15pm
     
    56 Mike Bahre's left-wing corner is headed away then, after Mowatt puts the ball back in the box, Bahre meets it on the left of the box and volleys back across goal but narrowly wide
  • 16:19pm
     
    GOAL!
    Daniel Johnson gets his second
  • 16:21pm
     
    Gallagher's ball over the top put him through to score
  • 16:22pm
     
    GOAL!
    Ben Pearson the former Barnsley man taps in from a yard out
  • 16:25pm
     
    There has just been an emotional tribute in the 65th minute for Jeffrey Wroe, the Barnsley fan who died on Wednesday at the home game with Derby. All fans standing to applaud. Unfortunately it comes just after the visitors go 4-1 down with goals in 13 minutes
  • 16:26pm
     
    That fourth goal was an outstanding run down the left wing by Barkhuizen, who got away from Aapo Halme before squaring for Ben Pearson to tap in
  • 16:26pm
     
    Mike Bahre is replaced by Callum Styles
  • 16:32pm
     
    Preston are bringing on Josh Harrop and Jayden Stockley for David Nugent and Sean Maguire
  • 16:36pm
     
    GOAL!
    Josh Harrop
  • 16:37pm
     
    A disastrous goal on a disastrous afternoon for the Reds
  • 16:38pm
     
    Toby Sibbick looks to have intercepted the ball on the edge of his box but is then robbed by substitute Josh Harrop who chips the ball over Collins from inside the box
  • 16:41pm
     
    Jordan Williams replaced by Jordan Green to cheers from away end
  • 16:41pm
     
    Brad Potts, the former Barnsley player, replaces Tom Barkuizen
  • 16:43pm
     
    Attendance: 12, 431 (1,339 away fans)
  • 16:48pm
     
    Almost into the 90th minute now. Barnsley just want this to end
  • 16:49pm
     
    Four added minutes
  • 16:50pm
     
    90+1 It's nearly 6-1 as Potts attempts a volleyed lob from a long ball over Collins but it also goes just over the bar. It would have been a sensational goal
  • 16:52pm
     
    90+2 Another big chance for Stockley who meets Gallagher's right-wing corner but heads it straight at Collins
  • 16:54pm
     
    GAME OVER: Preston 5, Barnsley 1. A terrible afternoon for the Reds who go into the international break without a win in ten and in the Championship relegation zone