Barnsley recovered from losing a 2-0 lead to beat local rivals Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 and further boost their top two chances on an extraordinary night at Oakwell.

Devante Cole and James Norwood netted in the tenth and 12th minutes as the Reds got off to a superb start.

The Owls pulled one back before the break then levelled with 15 minutes left before Max Watters got the crucial goal then Liam Kitching completed the win in injury-time.

The Reds remain fourth, six points behind Wednesday who slipped off top to second and eight behind leaders Plymouth who have played two extra games.

Barnsley have won their last six home games and are unbeaten in 12 with ten wins, while they have collected 51 points from 21 games.

Cole came in for Watters in the only change from the weekend. Robbie Cundy was back on the bench for Jon Russell who is on international duty.

Cole opened the scoring in the tenth minute, providing a good one-on-one finish from the left of the box after Mads Andersen surged forward, swapped passes with Nicky Cadden and played the striker in.

It was 2-0 two minutes later when, after Luca Connell brilliantly robbed a defender, Norwood superbly found the bottom right corner from almost 25 yards to spark jubilant scenes around most of Oakwell.

Wednesday looked rattled at first but grew into the game and began to create a series of headed chances from left-wing crosses.

Dominic Iorfa could have pulled one back on 31 minutes but headed over a left-wing free-kick by Barry Bannan.

Three minutes later it was 2-1 when ex-Red Michael Smith was released down the right by a long ball and crossed low for Lee Gregory to tap in from close range.

Adam Phillips’ right-wing cross was headed by Norwood but goalkeeper Cameron Dawson dived to his left to save.

Aden Flint almost made it 2-2 but he headed over from close-range after meeting Marvin Johnson’s left-wing cross.

Harry Isted then had to produce an astonishing save to deny Smith, leaping to his right to somehow keep out a header.

In the second half, Isted caught a powerful Smith shot from a tight angle on the right of the box then Cole saw a tame 18-yard effort easily saved.

Norwood almost made it 3-1 sliding in from close range to meet Jordan Williams’ cross after a good Phillips pass. Bobby Thomas then turned a Connell free-kick over when unmarked.

Akin Famewo headed down a Bannan corner but Isted caught easily.

The equaliser arrived with 15 minutes left when Bannan’s crossfield ball was volleyed on the left of the box by Johnson and tapped in again by Gregory.

Flint then volleyed over a left-wing Bannan cross on 82 minutes.

Watters netted when a left-wing cross deflected for him and he took a cool touch before firing high into from about 12 yards out.

Kitching secured the win after being played clean through by Luke Thomas following good work by Josh Benson and Slobodan Tedic.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Isted; B Thomas, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Phillips ( L Thomas 65), Connell, Kane (Benson 79), Cadden. (Cundy 87); Norwood (Tedic. 65), Cole (Watters 79).

Unused: Collins, Cundy, Larkeche.

Yellow cards: Phillips, Williams, Andersen.

Goals: Cole 10, Norwood 12, Watters 84, Kitching 90+6.

Wednesday (3-5-2): Dawson, Palmer, Iorfa, Flint, Famewo, Johnson, Vaulks, Bannan, Adeniran (Dele-Bashiru 66) Gregory, Smith

Unused: Stockdale, Hunt, James, Brown, Bakinson, Shipston,.

Yellow cards: Smith.

Goals: Gregory 34, 75.

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  • 8:02pm
    Big atmosphere in here. Oakwell hasn't felt like this for a while
  • 8:05pm
    Every ticket that could be sold has been sold. About 18,300 expected
  • 8:06pm
    Not much has happened so far. Barnsley have overhit a couple of long passes
  • 8:07pm
    Marvin Johnson nutmegs. Adam Phillips who then takes him down and concedes a free-kick
  • 8:10pm
    8 Long throw headed out by Kitching then the low long-range shot blocked easily by Phillips
  • 8:11pm
    Devante Cole opens the scoring!!
  • 8:13pm
    James Norwood doubles the lead! Two goals two minutes and Oakwell goes wild!!
  • 8:14pm
    What an incredible start
  • 8:15pm
    First goal: Superb run down the left by Mads Andersen who swaps passes with Cadden and plays in Cole to supply a good one on one finish
  • 8:15pm
    Second goal is. a. fantastic long-range shot by Norwood into the bottom right corner
  • 8:17pm
    So goals in the tenth and 12th minute have put Barnsley in fantastic position here. The away end has gone quiet
  • 8:18pm
    A tribute to ill staff member Beth Sefton with phone lights on around Oakwell
  • 8:20pm
    Barnsley look so pumped up, chasing down everything and forcing their rattled visitors into rushed passes
  • 8:22pm
    Liam Kitching concedes a corner
  • 8:23pm
    22 Wednesday corner on the right. Headed out by Andersen
  • 8:24pm
    24 Kane free-kick headed away
  • 8:25pm
    25 Adam Phillips smashes a 25-yard shot well over
  • 8:27pm
    Barnsley win the latest in a series of free-kicks about 35 yards from goal. Connell and Kane over it
  • 8:28pm
    27 Connell's free-kick caught by Cameron Dawson
  • 8:30pm
    Wednesday still trying to play out from the. back. Kane tackles Iorfa for a throw deep in Owls half and the crowd love it
  • 8:31pm
    29. Free-kick to Wednesday. Barry Bannan takes. Iorfa heads over. First chance for the Owls
  • 8:34pm
    Lee Gregory pulls one back.
  • 8:36pm
    Long ball down the right to Smith, no offside and he crosses for Gregory to slide in and net from close range
  • 8:36pm
    36. Connell free-kick headed towards goal by Thomas but caught by the. goalkeeper. when it looks to be going wide.
  • 8:38pm
    Chance for 3-1. Good work on the right leads to a Phillipscross, Norwood heads and the goalkeeper dives to his left to save.
  • 8:40pm
    39 Long throw on left. Cleared by Kane
  • 8:42pm
    Chance for 2-2. A left wing cross from Marvin Johnson is headed over by Aden Flint about six yards out. Not the easiest. of. chances as he had to dip down for it
  • 8:43pm
    This has been a pulsating. derby so far andBarnsley will just want to. go in leading at the break
  • 8:44pm
    Incredible save byHarry Isted. He flies to his right to keep out Michael Smith's header. Wow
  • 8:45pm
    These Wednesday. crosses and. headers are causing a lot of problems
  • 8:46pm
    Two added minutes
  • 8:48pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1
  • 9:05pm
    Second half underway
  • 9:07pm
    Barnsley will just look to get more control of the game after really hanging on late in that first half
  • 9:07pm
    Adam Phillips is the first Barnsley. player to be booked for tripping up Smith
  • 9:08pm
    48 Flint shoots from 25 yards but slices it up in the air and Isted catches
  • 9:09pm
    Wednesday win a corner on the left
  • 9:09pm
    Wednesday win a corner on the left
  • 9:09pm
    50 Bannan corner from the left over everyone and out
  • 9:10pm
    51 Smith shoots from a. tight angle on the right of the box and it's powerful but Isted easily catches at his near post
  • 9:12pm
    52 Cole's tame shot from the edge of the box is easily saved after nice work by Kane and Phillips
  • 9:16pm
    The last five minutes have been pretty uneventful which will suit Barnsley
  • 9:16pm
    Jordan Williams booked for a foul on. Marvin Johnson
  • 9:17pm
    Bannan's free-kick is played back across goal but it drifts just wide
  • 9:18pm
    Wednesday furious as they think they have. a corner but the referee has given a free-kick against them for a foul in the build up
  • 9:19pm
    Tedic is going to come on
  • 9:21pm
    60 Major chance for 3-1. After. great work by the midfield, Phillips plays in Williams whose cross. is met by Norwood but it's turned wide from. a few yards out. A goal kick is given when the Reds want a corner.
  • 9:22pm
    Slobodan Tedic and Luke Thomas for Norwood and Phillips
  • 9:24pm
    64 Barnsley free-kick on the left. It's turned. over by Thomas from close range. Looked like it just hit him
  • 9:26pm
    Owls bring on Fisayo Dele-Bashiru for Dennis Adeniran
  • 9:27pm
    67 Wednesday corner on the right. Bobby Thomas clears amid shouts of handball
  • 9:28pm
    67 Bannan corner headed down by Akin Famewo but easily caught by Isted
  • 9:31pm
    20 minutes left. Barnsley have probably had the better chances in this half and look fairly comfortable but it could get very tense here
  • 9:33pm
    73 Another Bannan free-kick. Cleared by Andersen then Luke Thomas
  • 9:34pm
    73 Another Bannan free-kick. Cleared by Andersen then Luke Thomas
  • 9:34pm
    Lee Gregory nets again to bring the visitors level
  • 9:35pm
    A cross from the right is volleyed back across goal and Gregory again fires in from close range
  • 9:36pm
    Big test of character now for the home side
  • 9:38pm
    Liam Palmer tries his look from the right of the box but his effort lofts across goal and. wide
  • 9:39pm
    Josh Benson and Max Watters coming on for Herbie Kane and Devante Cole
  • 9:41pm
    Mads Andersen booked for literally throwing himself on the back of aWednesday player who was trying to break away
  • 9:41pm
    82 Chance for 3-2 to the Owls. Bannan's free-kick. on the left is met by Aden Flint who volleys over
  • 9:43pm
    Max Watters puts Barnsley back in front!
  • 9:44pm
    A cross is. half cleared to the substitute striker who keeps his cool then blasts high into the roof of the net. Huge moment
  • 9:46pm
    Robbie Cundy comes on for Cadden.
  • 9:47pm
    Cundy heads straight to Fisayo Dele-Bashiru but does well to block the cross
  • 9:48pm
    18377 crowd. Biggest since Newcastle here in October 2016
  • 9:50pm
    Six added minutes
  • 9:54pm
    Four of the six added minutes done without incident
  • 9:56pm
    Liam Kitching secures the win!!
  • 9:58pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 4, Sheffield Wednesday 2. The Reds recover from losing a 2-0 lead and continue their charge towards League One's top two