Barnsley suffered a second successive loss as they went down 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Former Reds striker Adam Armstrong put the hosts in front at the end of a first half in which the visitors created several chances. Blackburn made it 2-0 then Romal Palmer scored his first professional goal in the 90th minute.
The result meant Barnsley fell down two places to 16th and are six points clear of the bottom three.
Valerien Ismael brought Herbie Kane – who made his first start for the club – and Luke Thomas into the starting line-up for Matty James and Dominik Frieser who were both on the bench.
Blackburn had the first shot of the match when Tom Trybull let fly from almost 30 yards in the fifth minute but Jack Walton got down to his left to save easily.
Kane then curled a free-kick from a similar distance towards the top right corner but Thomas Kaminski caught it.
That was the start of a dominant spell for the visitors who pressed their hosts into errors and passed the ball around well while creating a series of chances.
Mads Andersen headed a Callum Styles corner over the bar when well-marked six yards out then Conor Chaplin's 15-yard shot was deflected just wide of the bottom right corner after Callum Brittain's deflected cross was half-cleared.
Chaplin then shot straight at Kaminski from just inside the box after a good run and pass by Styles on the left wing.
Cauley Woodrow headed wide from 12 yards out after Styles crossed from the right following a short corner by Kane.
Blackburn slowly grew into the game and should have struck in the 43rd minute when Andersen allowed the ball to get to Ben Brereton on the right wing and his low cross was met by ex-Red Adam Armstrong whose six-yard shot was well-saved by the foot of Walton.
Armstrong did score seconds later when a ball into the right of the box was met by Ryan Nyambe who got away from Andersen and found the Championship's top-scorer to smash in.
In the second half, Woodrow volleyed over a half-chance eight yards out after Kane's long throw was flicked on. Styles then blazed over from just inside the box after a Woodrow shot was blocked.
Blackburn had two chances in quick succession, both created by the dangerous Armstrong, as Brereton's shot from an impossible angle on the byline on the right was blocked by Walton who also denied substitute left-back Amari'i Bell from eight yards out after he beat a man.
Ismael brought on Frieser and Victor Adeboyejo before the hour-mark for Chaplin and Thomas.
The visitors almost levelled on 63 minutes when Andersen's powerful header from a Kane corner was brilliantly clawed out of the top right corner by Kaminski.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 77th minute when a cross was headed out to substitute Sam Gallagher who fired into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box.
Ismael brought on Palmer and George Miller for Styles and Woodrow. Frieser forced another save from Kaminski after he did well to bring the ball down, beat a man and shoot from 20 yards but his effort was tipped around the left post.
The Reds halved the deficit in the 90th minute when a fine pass by Brittain found Adeboyejo on the right and he broke into the box then saw his shot blocked before Palmer's deflected effort found the back of the net.
Kane had two free-kicks deep into injury-time, one of which was headed well wide by Andersen from the edge of the box.
Blackburn; Kaminski; Nyambe, Lenihan, Wharton (Carter 76mins), Douglas (Bell 15); Trybull (Johnson 65), Rothwell, Holtby; Elliott (Gallagher 65), Brereton, Armstrong. Unused: Pears, Carter, Buckley, Downing, Chapman, Dolan. Yellow cards: Armstrong. Goals: Armstrong 44, Gallagher 77.
Barnsley: Walton; Solbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Mowatt (Oduor 67mins), Kane, Styles (Palmer 82); Thomas (Frieser 57mins), Woodrow (Miller 82), Chaplin (Adeboyejo 57). Unused: Collins, Moon, James, Schmidt. Goals: Palmer 90.