BARNSLEY made it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season in a 3-1 victory against Charlton Athletic.

A Josh Benson wonder strike, followed by a cheeky Norwood flick and a Devante Cole goal were enough to give the Reds all three points at Oakwell.

Michael Duff made ten changes from Tuesday's 2-0 Papa John's Trophy win against Newcastle u21s.

Only Nicky Cadden, who captained the side in that game, retained his place.

Jack Walton returned from injury to replace Kiwi Jamie Searle, whilst Ziyad Larkeche's wonder goal found him a place on the bench.

The Reds started the brighter, and on nine minutes good pressing from Devante Cole saw a chance for Luke Thomas but he hesitated to shoot.

Minutes later and the Reds opened the scoring through a fantastic Josh Benson strike.

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He picked up the ball 30 yards out and smashed a ferocious strike into the top corner.

The Reds thought they'd doubled their lead on 13 minutes but Devante Cole's goal was ruled out for offside.

Charlton's first real chance came one 24 minutes as a Jordan Williams slip allowed Corey Blackett-Taylor to run in on goal - but his effort was poor and sailed well over the bar.

Just seconds later and the Addicks nearly levelled.

Jesurun Rak Sakyi would have scored if it wasn't for a fabulous slide tackle by new signing Tom Edwards.

Charlton began to take control of the game after that but struggled to create any other clear cut chances as the Reds went into the break leading 1-0.

Barnsley started the second half the better and had a strong shout for a penalty inside the first 60 seconds, but referee Adam Herczeg waved away appeals.

Barnsley doubled their lead in the 53rd minute as James Norwood neatly back heeled a Devante Cole cross into the net.

Cole had skipped past two Charlton defenders in the box before picking out Barnsley's number nine.

Ziyad Larkeche made his league debut for the Reds after his impressive performance in midweek, coming on for Cadden in the 65th minute.

He almost picked up an assist seconds later but neither Cole or Phillips could connect.

Phillips nearly made it three as he rattled the post from a ferocious strike.

Devante Cole did make it 3-0 on 75 minutes as he fired home in front of the Ponty End.

Herbie Kane played a fantastic pass through to Williams who persevered and laid it off to Cole for the simplest of finishes.

With five minutes to play the Addicks handed themselves a lifeline as Jack Payne fired past Walton to make it 3-1.

The referee indicated there should be seven minutes added time on at the end off the second half, but the score stayed the same and the Reds recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

AS IT HAPPENED
  • 1:33pm
    We're here at Oakwell for today's League One fixture against Charlton. Team news at 2pm.
  • 2:02pm
    STARTING XI: Walton, Williams, Edwards, Andersen, Cundy, Cadden, Kane, Benson, Thomas, Cole, Norwood. SUBS: Searle, Martin, McCarthy, Hondermarck, Larkeche, Phillips, Tedic.
  • 3:02pm
    KICK OFF: The away side get us underway.
  • 3:03pm
    2 Early corner for the Reds after Jordan Williams' high ball is headed behind.
  • 3:06pm
    4 Barnsley have had the most of the ball so far, but are yet to do anything with it.
  • 3:08pm
    6 Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has been given the chance to run at the Reds defence a couple of times, but so far Tom Edwards has dealt with him well.
  • 3:10pm
    9 Good pressure from the Reds carved an opening from Luke Thomas but he hesitated to shoot and the chance was gone.
  • 3:11pm
    GOAL!
    Josh Benson
  • 3:13pm
    It's some strike from the midfielder who's urged to shoot by the crowd, he does so from 30 yards and it ripples into the back of the net.
  • 3:16pm
    13 The Reds think they've doubled their lead but Devante Cole's goal is ruled out for offside. Good start from Michael Duff's side.
  • 3:19pm
    16 Devante Cole manages to break free but his cross is blocked by a Charlton defender and Craig Macgillivray claims the ball.
  • 3:20pm
    18 Corner to Charlton.
  • 3:25pm
    23 Charlton have managed to get back into the game and are having most of the possession, but Barnsley's press is limiting their chances.
  • 3:25pm
    24 Jordan Williams slipped as the ball went over the top, and Corey Blackett-Taylor really should do better but he fires his shot well over Jack Walton's goal.
  • 3:28pm
    26 It should be level. Charlton looked certain to score but a fantastic Tom Edwards tackle cleared the ball for a corner.
  • 3:34pm
    31 Charlton are still controlling possession but Barnsley are pressing well and making chances when they go forward.
  • 3:35pm
    32 Charlton are being incredibly wasteful. Rak Sakyi does brilliantly to dribble past the Reds defence but Mandela Egbo fires over from close range.
  • 3:42pm
    40 Very little happening here at Oakwell, most of the game is being played in the middle of the park.
  • 3:47pm
    ADDED TIME
    Two minutes.
  • 3:48pm
    46 Nicky Cadden's corner almost goes all the way in but it's headed off the line for another Barnsley corner.
  • 3:49pm
    HALF TIME: Barnsley 1-0 Charlton.
  • 4:06pm
    KICK OFF: The Reds get the game back underway.
  • 4:08pm
    46 Huge shouts for a Barnsley penalty as Andersen flicks the ball on but nothing is given.
  • 4:11pm
    50 Barnsley have controlled the opening moments of the second half - though very few chances have been created.
  • 4:12pm
    51 Jack Walton makes an excellent point blank save and then punches away the rebound. It wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag went up shortly after for offside.
  • 4:15pm
    GOAL!
    James Norwood
  • 4:16pm
    55 A fantastic goal to double Barnsley's lead. Devante Cole skips past the Charlton defence and lays it off to Norwood, who calmly back heels it into the goal.
  • 4:20pm
    SUB OFF
    Scott Fraser
  • 4:20pm
    SUB ON
    Miles Leaburn
  • 4:20pm
    SUB OFF
    Corey Blackett-Taylor
  • 4:20pm
    SUB ON
    Charlie Kirk
  • 4:20pm
    SUB OFF
    James Norwood
  • 4:20pm
    SUB ON
    Adam Phillips
  • 4:24pm
    63 Almost another for the Reds. Adam Phillips has the chance to shoot but tries to control it and his touch is wayward.
  • 4:26pm
    65 Nicky Cadden has gone down in the middle of the pitch.
  • 4:27pm
    SUB OFF
    Robby Cundy
  • 4:27pm
    SUB ON
    Conor McCarthy
  • 4:27pm
    SUB OFF
    Nicky Cadden
  • 4:27pm
    SUB ON
    Ziyad Larkeche
  • 4:29pm
    69 Adam Phillips' ferocious strike has just rattled the post. Another let off for the away side.
  • 4:33pm
    SUB OFF
    Jesurun Rak-Sakyi
  • 4:33pm
    SUB ON
    Jack Payne
  • 4:33pm
    SUB OFF
    George Dobson
  • 4:33pm
    SUB ON
    Conor McGrandles
  • 4:33pm
    SUB OFF
    Mandela Egbo
  • 4:33pm
    SUB ON
    Steven Sessegnon
  • 4:34pm
    73 A good chance for Charlton but O'Connell can't find the net from a tight angle.
  • 4:38pm
    GOAL!
    Devante Cole
  • 4:38pm
    76 It's an easy one for Cole as he fires into the goal. Jordan Williams did all the work for the assist after a wonderful Herbie Kane pass.
  • 4:46pm
    GOAL!
    Jack Payne
  • 4:47pm
    85 Jack Payne finds space and managed to fire past Walton. 3-1.
  • 4:47pm
    SUB OFF
    Luke Thomas
  • 4:47pm
    SUB ON
    Josh Martin
  • 4:52pm
    ADDED TIME
    Seven minutes added on.
  • 4:59pm
    FULL TIME: Barnsley 3-1 Charlton.