Barnsley lost the lead twice in a 2-2 draw with ten man Stoke City on Wednesday night.
Elliot Simoes put the Reds in front then, although the hosts levelled on 44 minutes, Dominik Frieser got his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time. Stoke levelled early in the second half due to a Jack Walton error but had defender Nathan Collins sent off on the hour-mark.
The Reds are yet to win in the league so far this season, with three draws and three losses from their first six games.
Caretaker manager Adam Murray brought debutant Callum Brittain, Simoes and Frieser into the side for the injured Michael Sollbauer – who was stretchered off on Saturday – as well as Luke Thomas and Conor Chaplin. New signing Matty James began on the bench along with goalkeeper Corey Addai who replaced the injured Brad Collins. Jordan Williams played on the right of the back three with Brittain at right wing-back.
Barnsley had the first real chance of the game when Frieser ran onto a fine pass by Alex Mowatt and crossed from the right for Cauley Woodrow whose volley was blocked by Nathan Collins.
The visitors took the lead after 17 minutes when Frieser tenaciously won a throw-in near the halfway line and took it quickly to catch out the home defence. Woodrow brilliantly put his first touch through the legs of Harry Souttar then squared the ball to Simoes who fired into the bottom right corner from 15 yards for his first goal of the season.
The Reds were well on top for the first half an hour, passing the ball around comfortably and looking far more dangerous and creative than a subdued home side.
But City nearly levelled on 35 minutes when Nick Powell put Steven Fletcher through on goal but Jack Walton rushed out to make a fine one-on-one block.
The equaliser did come on 44 minutes when Harry Souttar's pass was not cut out by Michal Helik and Tyrese Campbell went clean through to beat Walton.
But the visitors were back in front a minute later when Woodrow held up a long ball then Mowatt's excellent cross from the right was met by Frieser six yards out and he acrobatically volleyed home.
Woodrow had a shot saved from 20 yards on the right within seconds of the restart by his former Oakwell captain Adam Davies in the Stoke goal.
The hosts levelled three minutes after the break when Walton should have easily caught Jordan Thompson's cross but dropped it then Tommy Smith smashed into the nearly empty net.
Stoke almost took the lead when Powell again found Fletcher in the box but he curled a shot over from ten yards out on the right.
The hosts were reduced to ten men after an hour when Collins was dismissed after a coming together with Frieser off the ball.
Clarke Oduor surged into the box twice from the left but first his cross was missed by everyone then he tried to loft the ball to Frieser when he should have had a shot and Davies easily caught.
Former Reds skipper Davies then denied debutant Brittain twice in a minute. First he blocked with his face after the wing-back latched onto a superb Woodrow pass and beat a man before shooting from seven yards out on the right. Then, when the resulting corner was cleared, Britain's deflected low effort was blocked by the legs of Davies.
Stoke had the better chances in the final ten minutes. James Chester and Souttar sent efforts off target from Thompson's left-wing crosses while substitute and former Barnsley striker Jacob Brown saw a shot blocked in the box by Helik.
Woodrow had a powerful shot from just outside the box in the 94th minute after cutting in from the left wing but Davies saved easily at head height.
Barnsley (3-4-1-2): Walton; Andersen, Helik, J Williams; Brittain (Schmidt 85mins), Palmer (Kane 49mins), Mowatt, Oduor; Simoes (Thomas 78); Woodrow, Frieser. Unused: Addai, Chaplin, Halme, James. Goals: Simoes 17, Frieser 45.
Stoke (3-4-3): Davies; Chester, Souttar, Collins; Smith, Mikel, Thompson, Tymon; Campbell (Ince 78mins), Fletcher (Brown 68), Powell (Oakley-Booth 78). Unused: Gunn, Batth, Vokes, Gregory. Red cards: Collins. Goals: Campbell 44, Smith 48.