Barnsley played 70 minutes with ten men due to James Norwood’s red card in a deeply disappointing 3-0 home loss to Lincoln City in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening.

The visitors scored in the 15th and 17th minutes then Norwood was sent off in the 23rd for an elbow. Lincoln netted again in injury-time after missing several chances.

The Reds were very poor and could have lost by a wider margin in the first of three group games.

Michael Duff made 11 changes from the league draw at Ipswich on Saturday. Jack Walton was captain, Slobodan Tedic made his full debut and Herbie Kane returned from injury.

Youngsters Joe Ackroyd, Will Lancaster, Fabio Jalo, Danny Benson, Harrison Nejman and Hayden Pickard were on the bench, along with Brad Collins.

Head coach Duff watched the match from the West Stand, with an ear piece in, with Martin Paterson and Martin Devaney in the dugout, while the majority of the first team were also in the stands.

After a very dull first quarter of an hour, the visitors took the lead when Teddy Bishop turned in a right-wing cross from Charles Vernam seven yards out.

Bishop was gifted a second goal two minutes later when Walton rushed out of his box and made a mess of an attempted clearance, so the visiting striker could slide the ball into the empty net from 35 yards.

It got even worse for the hosts on 23 minutes when Norwood was sent off for an apparent elbow on Jay Benn.

It was nearly 3-0 when Vernam cut in from the right wing and his 15-yard shot was well tipped over by Walton, then Jack Diamond shot over from the similar distance on the left.

Kane was replaced by Ackroyd after 34 minutes.

Barnsley had been extremely poor in the first half – barely attacking, not competing in midfield and allowing their visitors to dominate.

Vernam fired over just inside the box early in the second half then, at the other end, Barnsley had their first shot when Matty Wolfe blazed high and wide on the turn 15 yards out after Jasper Moon’s long throw led to a scramble.

Barnsley brought on central midfielder Nejman, 18, left wing-back Pickard, 17, and centre-back Benson on for their professional debuts as well as 16-year-old striker Jalo.

Bishop should have completed his hat-trick when the ball fell to him in space 15 yards out after a good run and cross by Diamond but Walton rushed out to make a fine block. Regan Poole headed the following corner wide.

Walton made another fine stop when he kept out substitute Anthony Scully’s volley from point blank range.

Lincoln substitute Jovon Makama made it 3-0 in injury-time when he turned a low left-wing cross into the bottom right corner.

Barnsley (3-4-3): Walton; McCarthy, Cundy, Moon (Benson 74mins); Hondermarck, Kane, Wolfe (Nejman 62), Oduor (Pickard 62); Marsh, Tedic (Jalo 74), Norwood.

Unused: Collins, Ackroyd, Lancaster,.

Yellow cards: Hondermarck.

Red cards: Norwood.

Lincoln (4-2-3-1): Wright; Walsh (Poole , O’Connor, House (Gallagher 90mins), Robson; Sorensen, Oakley-Boothe (Makama 77); Vernam, Bishop, Diamond (Scully 77); Benn (Eyoma 77)

Unused: Rushworth, Poole, Scully, Eyoma, Roughan, Makama, Gallagher.

Goals: Bishop 15, 17, Makama 90+3.

  • 7:49pm
    Michael Duff is sitting in the West Stand, with an ear piece in. Martin Paterson and Martin Devaney in the dugout
  • 7:50pm
    Early chance for the Reds, Oduor is gifted the ball on the left and passes to Norwood in the box but his first touch is very heavy and the ball is cleared
  • 7:54pm
    Lincoln left-wing corner headed clear by Moon
  • 7:57pm
    10 Oduor crosses again from the left, Tedic slides in but just misses it
  • 7:59pm
    12 Lincoln free-kick on left. Again Moon clears
  • 8:02pm
    A flat start to this game with no real chances of note
  • 8:03pm
    Teddy Bishop opens the scoring
  • 8:04pm
    He volleys in Vernam's right-wing cross from close range. First real chance of the game.
  • 8:05pm
    GOAL: Teddy Bishop nets again, into an empty net after a terrible defensive mix up
  • 8:10pm
    James Norwood sent off
  • 8:11pm
    Not sure what happened, no one up here seems to be. But it was an incident off the ball near the dugouts.
  • 8:16pm
    Nearly 3-0. Vernam cuts in from the right and shoots from 15 yards. Walton does well to tip it over. He then catches the resulting corner at the second attempt
  • 8:19pm
    33 Lincoln corner open the left, headed clear
  • 8:20pm
    Joe Ackroyd comes on for Herbie Kane after 34 minutes. He doesn't appear to be injured (but will check after)
  • 8:25pm
    Lincoln totally on top,. Jack Diamond fires over from the left of the box. Barnsley have been really poor so far
  • 8:30pm
    44 Oduor takes free-kick from the left but it's over everyone and out
  • 8:33pm
    Two added minutes
  • 8:35pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Lincoln 2. Very poor first half from the hosts who had James Norwood sent off on 23 minutes for an alleged elbow
  • 8:52pm
  • 8:56pm
    48 Lincoln have the first chance after the break, Vernam shoots over from just inside the box
  • 8:57pm
    50 Oduor bursts into the box on a mazy run but holds onto it too long and is tackled
  • 8:58pm
    52 Barnsley corner on the left is taken by Ackroyd and headed away
  • 8:59pm
    52 Barnsley's best chance so far. Jasper Moon's long throw leads to a scramble and Wolfe blazes high and wide on the turn 15 yards out
  • 9:05pm
    Barnsley are more competitive in this half but Lincoln have still had more of the ball
  • 9:08pm
    Massive chance for a hat-trick. After a great run and cross by Diamond on the left, Bishop is totally unmarked 12 yards out on the right of the box but Walton rushes out and makes a fine save. Regan Poole headed the following corner wide
  • 9:09pm
    Harrison Nejman and Hayden Pickard are coming on for their debuts. Oduor and Wolfe off
  • 9:11pm
    Nejman and Pickard, a central midfielder and left wing-back respectively, were both members of the successful under 18s side last season
  • 9:16pm
    Not much has happened in the last ten minutes or so. The game has calmed down a lot.
  • 9:19pm
    Will Hondermarck booked for a lunging tackle. He at least has shown plenty of heart tonight.
  • 9:20pm
    Fabio Jalo and Danny Benson come on for Tedic, who has barely made an impact on a tough full debut, and Jasper Moon
  • 9:25pm
    78 To be fair to Jack Walton, he's been good since that bad mistake for 2-0. He comes up with a brilliant point blank save to deny Anthony Scully who volleys a left-wing cross ten yards out
  • 9:29pm
    Into the final eight minutes here. The Reds clearly just using the match to give some very young players experience. A late goal, especially by one of them, would put a different complexion on the night
  • 9:30pm
    83 Free-kick by Hayden Pickard, headed out
  • 9:33pm
    Ackroyd, who has been busy, tries to play Marsh through by a defender gets the better of him
  • 9:36pm
    Lincoln's Osion Gallagher comes on for Ben House
  • 9:37pm
    Best moment of the night. Fabio Jalo beats five players on a great run and is fouled for a free-kick 25 yards out
  • 9:38pm
    90+1 Jalo's free-kick hits the wall
  • 9:39pm
    Jovon Makama completes a miserable night for the hosts
  • 9:40pm
    The young substitute turned a low left-wing cross into the bottom right corner from close range
  • 9:41pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Lincoln 3.