Barnsley’s horrendous relegation season finished with their heaviest defeat of the campaign as they were thrashed 4-0 at mid-table West Bromwich Albion.

After a goalless first 37 minutes, the hosts took the lead from a very controversial penalty then added another soon after.

Albion netted two more early in the second half then missed another penalty amongst several other chances.

The Reds barely offered anything in attack and were picked apart countless times at the back as they were totally outclassed.

They finished the season bottom of the Championship with 30 points and six wins, their lowest tallies since 1953, while they had lost their last five matches and were winless in nine.

Caretaker Martin Devaney made three changes from the team that lost at home to Preston.

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Jordan Helliwell made his first start for the Reds, after coming through the academy, with Cauley Woodrow and Clarke Oduor also back in the 11. Victor Adeboyejo dropped to the bench with Carlton Morris and Romal Palmer out of the squad with injuries. Josh Benson and Devante Cole were back on the bench.

West Brom were on top from the start. Grady Diangana cut in from the right wing past two defenders but shot over from the edge of the box.

Karlan Grant beat Jason Sraha to a long ball but he had it taken off his feet by Jack Walton, who then easily saved a 15-yard shot from Adam Reach who had cut in from the left.

Dara O’Shea headed over five yards out at the near post from Reach’s right-wing corner after getting between Halliwell and Jasper Moon. Reach volleyed wide five yards out at the back post from a right-wing cross by Furlong.

The opening goal came from the penalty spot after Oduor was extremely harshly judged to have fouled Jayson Molumby but he appeared to clearly kick the ball then they bumped into each other. Grant sent Walton the wrong way from the spot. Molumby had easily skipped past the sliding tackle of Matty Wolfe after being played in by Matt Phillips down the right wing on which Albion had caused big problems all game.

It was 2-0 three minutes later when Reach got away from Hondermarck to latch onto a long ball by former Barnsley goalkeeper David Button and lobbed Walton who had come well off his line.

Barnsley started the second half reasonably well, with Woodrow shooting straight at the goalkeeper from 22 yards.

But it was 3-0 eight minutes after the break when, after a good run by Diangana, Grant slipped in left-back Matt Clarke who fired past Walton from five yards out. Clarke had not been tracked by Hondermarck who was immediately replaced by Benson.

The fourth goal saw Woodrow lose out to Semi Ajayi who played in Grant, behind the static Reds defence, and the striker beat Walton one-on-one.

Grant then rounded Walton but hit the post from a tight angle on the left. At the other end, a weak long-range Styles shot was easily saved.

It should have been 5-0 when Walton dived to his left to save Grant’s penalty after Liam Kitching took a heavy touch in the box then brought down Furlong.

Diangana shot wide of the bottom right corner on the left of the box having been played in by Grant, on one of several occasions when the hosts very easily passed the ball up the pitch and created a chance.

Substitute Victor Adeboyejo blasted over in the box for Barnsley after fellow replacement Josh Benson won the ball.

Jasper Moon then cleared off the line from a Caleb Taylor header from a corner then the same player nodded the rebound over.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Walton; Moon, Sraha, Kitching; Hondermarck (Benson 54mins), Helliwell, Styles, Wolfe, Styles, Oduor (Bremang 60); Woodrow (Adeboyejo 70), Marsh.

Unused: Flavell, Christie-Davies, Ariely, Cole.

Yellow cards: Wolfe.

West Brom (4-4-2): Button; Furlong, O’Shea, Ajayi (Taylor 62mins), Clarke (Ashworth 67); Reach, Livermore (Robinson 71), Molumby, Phillips; Diangana, Grant.

Unused: Palmer, Kipre, Gardner-Hickman, Castro.

Goal: Grant 37 (pen), Reach 40, Clarke 53, Grant 59.

  • 12:34pm
    West Brom have had most of the ball in the first few minutes but haven't created a chance. Barnsley have lost it pretty quickly on the few occasions they've had it so far
  • 12:36pm
    4 Diangana brilliantly beats Kitching on the right wing and drives into the box but his cross is cleared
  • 12:38pm
    Barnsley starting to have a little bit more of the ball down. West Brom lose it a couple of times deep in their half but Marsh first took a poor touch then the second time was tackled
  • 12:41pm
    Ten minutes gone and nothing much of note has happened. Diangana brilliantly beat Kitching on edge off box but his cross was cleared. The same player has just fired over from the edge of the box after cutting in from the left
  • 12:42pm
    Ten minutes gone and nothing much of note has happened. Diangana brilliantly beat Kitching on edge off box but his cross was cleared. The same player has just fired over from the edge of the box after cutting in from the right.
  • 12:44pm
    13 Moon concedes free-kick on right after Wolfe loses ball
  • 12:45pm
    14 Albion pass the free-kick down the left of the box but the cross is headed out
  • 12:45pm
    15 West Brom win a corner on the left
  • 12:45pm
    15 West Brom play the corner short then the cross is headed out
  • 12:46pm
    Marsh wins the ball with a thumping tackle. 'Aiden Marsh he's one of our own' sing the way fans
  • 12:50pm
    Barnsley having more of the ball down, Sraha runs confidently out of defence with the ball and tries to find Oduor on the left wing but the difficult pass is overhit
  • 12:51pm
    20. Karlan Grant played through by a long ball after getting the better of Sraha, but Walton just gets to the ball before him and pushes it away from danger.
  • 12:53pm
    21 Now Adam Reach cuts in from the left and shoots from 15 yards but it is straight at Walton who catches at his near post
  • 12:56pm
    1/4 through this game. Very end of season but WBA look more dangerous. Adam Reach has just shot from 12 yards out on left of box but Walton caught easily.
  • 12:58pm
    26 West Brom corner on the right taken by Adam Reach headed over by Dara O'Shea from five yards. He totally exposed Barnsley's poor zonal marking
  • 1:01pm
    Half an hour gone. Barnsley defending pretty much constantly now
  • 1:06pm
    34 Big chance for the hosts. Furlong lofts a cross from the right wing to the back post when Adam Reach volleys over from five yards
  • 1:06pm
    Penalty to West Brom. Oduor on Molumby
  • 1:08pm
    Karlan Grant with a penalty after a harsh penalty on Oduor
  • 1:10pm
    Putting aside the context of the season. That is one of the harshest penalties I've ever seen given. Oduor just boots the ball, the player goes down, whistle goes.
  • 1:11pm
    Adam Reach lobs Walton after latching onto a long ball
  • 1:13pm
    Gets away from Hondermarck and it's a great finish over Walton who is well off his line. This could get ugly now
  • 1:16pm
    One added minute in this half
  • 1:17pm
    It feels like a damage limitation exercise now for the Reds. It depends how many the hosts want to score after the break
  • 1:18pm
    HALF-TIME: West Brom 2, Barnsley 0. It was goalless for 37 minutes before a very harsh penalty on Oduor then another goal soon after
  • 1:33pm
  • 1:37pm
    49 Woodrow shoots straight at the goalkeeper from 22 yards. Barnsley's first shot
  • 1:37pm
    Attendance: 21, 515 (611 Barnsley fans)
  • 1:38pm
    50 Good cross by Hondermarck for Marsh but Ajayi just touches it away from him
  • 1:40pm
    Matt Clarke slides in from close range
  • 1:42pm
    Good work by Diangana and Grant who put left back Clarke clean through, not tracked by Hondermarck (he's now been subbed for Benson) The visitors had actually started the half well. But that felt like the kind of goal a Championship scores against a non-league side in pre-season
  • 1:47pm
    Helliwell now at right back with Benson in the middle
  • 1:48pm
    Karlan Grant dinks the ball over Walton from an Ajayi pass
  • 1:49pm
    Looked like Woodrow lost out to Ajayi just in the Barnsley half then the WBA man strode forward and played in Grant who scored.
  • 1:50pm
    Oduor off for David Bremang.
  • 1:51pm
    So so easy to get behind the Barnsley defence. Any pass beyond them is likely to be latched onto by a home player. I dread to think what this score will be if West Brom play at full capacity for the rest of the game
  • 1:53pm
    Looks like Barnsley clear one off at the line after scramble then, at the other end, Styles shoots very weakly at Button
  • 1:56pm
    Another penalty. Kitching takes a heavy touch then brings down Furlong
  • 1:58pm
    Jack Walton saves Grant's penalty diving to his left. It had been given away by Kitching who took a heavy touch then fouled Furlong
  • 1:59pm
    Woodrow replaced by. Adeboyejo
  • 2:02pm
    74 Diangana whistles a shot wide of the bottom right corner from a tight angle on the left after being played in by Grant
  • 2:05pm
    This is a genuine under 23s line up now. Victor Adeboyejo is the oldest and most experienced player on the pitch for the visitors.
  • 2:10pm
    Intro the last ten minutes now. The game has slightly calmed down since the missed penalty
  • 2:14pm
    Adeboyejo blasts well over in the box after Benson wins the ball
  • 2:15pm
    87 Moon clears off the line from Caleb Taylor who then heads the rebound over
  • 2:16pm
    Matty Wolfe booked for taking out Grady Diangana
  • 2:22pm
    FULL-TIME: West Brom 4, Barnsley 0. The Reds suffer their heaviest defeat of a disastrous relegation season