Barnsley suffered their first Championship defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 at home to Luton Town on Tuesday evening.
The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute then held on during a frustrating night for the Reds who dominated the ball but struggled to create or finish chances.
Markus Schopp made two changes from the side that beat Coventry City on Saturday. Ben Williams dropped to the bench and the injured Carlton Morris was out of the squad altogether. In came full league debutant Josh Benson and Clarke Oduor who started a Championship game for the first time in 2021. Callum Styles played at left wing-back with Oduor on the left of the front three.
Barnsley had started quite brightly but conceded in the fourth minute when a low cross from the right by Elijah Adebayo was allowed to travel across the home box and be fired in 15 yards out by left wing-back Amari'i Bell.
The Reds seemed badly rattled by that goal and almost conceded another when goalkeeper Brad Collins dropped the ball on the right side of his area and Luton crossed only for ex-Red James Bree to shoot wide from the edge of the box with Collins scrambling back and men on the line.
Barnsley grew into the game and had their first chance when Romal Palmer was played in on the left of the box and, instead of pulling the ball back, saw a six-yard shot from a tight angle blocked by goalkeeper Simon Sluga.
The Reds were passing out from the back, occasionally to groans from the home fans, and Benson lost the ball on the edge of his box on 31 minutes to Admiral Muskwe who was denied on the right of the six-yard box by a good reaction stop from Collins.
Callum Brittain almost got his first Barnsley goal but, from a Dominik Frieser cross after good work by Oduor, his 15-yard shot was well-saved by Sluga diving to his right then Brittain was tackled when trying to tap in the rebound.
Luton had a big chance about 20 seconds after the break when Cameron Jerome ran onto a long ball and went clean through but miscontrolled and Collins gathered. Adebayo also went through after latching onto a loose bouncing ball but dragged a shot wide from the left of the box.
Brittain came close again on 55 minutes but his shot from just outside the box whistled narrowly wide of the bottom left corner then his cross-come-shot whizzed through the six-yard box but went wide.
Collins had to push a powerful 20-yard Henri Lansbury shot out of his bottom right corner midway through the second half. At the other end, Benson volleyed a difficult chance over the bar from 20 yards.
Kitching headed over a left-wing Benson corner on 78 minutes from six yards out as he appeared to see it late.
Styles should have levelled on 86 minutes but blazed over the bar ten yards out after Kitching brilliantly won the ball on the left and sent in a cross which was half headed clear.
Barnsley (3-4-3): Collins, mark out of ten: 7; Sibbick 6, Helik 6, Kitching 7; Brittain 7, Palmer 7 (Halme 90mins), Benson 7, Styles 6; Frieser 5 (Adeboyejo 76), Woodrow 5, Oduor 5 (Cole 56).
Unused: Walton, B Williams, Moon, Miller.
Yellow cards: Helik.
Luton (3-4-3): Sluga; Naismith, Lockyer (Osho 88), Kioso; Bree, Lansbury, Ruddock, Bell; Muskwe (Rea 88), Adebayo, Jerome (Cornick 70). Unused: Isted, Lee, Mendes, Campbell. Yellow cards: Muskwe, Adebayo, Lansbury, Cornick. Goals: Bell 4. Attendance: 12,299 (748 Luton fans).
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).