Barnsley recorded a seventh successive home win with a 5-0 thrashing of lowly Morecambe – their biggest win of the season.

The Reds raced into a 3-0 lead after 33 minutes with Devante Cole and Herbie Kane netting either side of an own goal by the overwhelmed visitors.

Cole added another after the break then Bobby Thomas completed the rout in injury-time.

Barnsley were excellent, in total control of the game and playing some superb football.

The Reds remain fourth in League One, five points off leaders Sheffield Wednesday who have played an extra game.

Michael Duff freshened his starting 11 up following the 3-1 loss at Exeter City in midweek, which ended a 12-game unbeaten run.

Adam Phillips and James Norwood dropped to the bench with Luke Thomas and Max Watters replacing them. Jon Russell was on the bench in place of Robbie Cundy.

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The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when Kane touched a free-kick to Luca Connell whose low 25-yard shot was spilled by Connor Ripley and Cole fired in the rebound from close range.

Jensen Weir fired well over from 22 yards for Morecambe then, from a similar distance at the other end, Luke Thomas saw a low shot easily saved by Ripley.

The second goal arrived midway through the second half courtesy of a fine move. Liam Kitching’s long pass from the left to the right was collected by Jordan Williams then, via a backheel by Bobby Thomas, the ball came to Connell whose low long-range shot was pushed wide by Ripley. But Williams’ cross was turned in by defender Dynel Simeu.

Watters could have made it 3-0 minutes later but his shot from ten yards was saved by Ripley after a great run on the left by Connell. Cole then headed over from a left-wing Connell corner.

The third goal saw Mads Andersen burst into the box from the right then, after he was tackled, the ball fell to Kane who placed a fine 15-yard shot into the bottom right corner.

Harry Isted easily caught a long-range free-kick by ex-Red Dan Crowley.

The Reds added another early in the second half with a superb move. Williams’ fantastic pass was dummied by Kane to put Cole clean through and he finished well.

Watters should have made it five seconds later but a right-wing cross dipped lower than he was expecting and he chested it to Ripley from close range.

Cole came close to a hat-trick when he shot wide 12 yards out on the turn from a Williams pass then, a minute later, saw Ripley push a powerful 20-yard strike out of the top right corner.

The game then quietened down with a series of substitutions from both sides.

Crowley hit the post with a curling long-range effort and Cole Stockton blazed the rebound over.

Morecambe’s Weir skipped into the box but his shot from the right was easily saved by Isted.

Cole thought he had a hat-trick when Ziyad Larkeche’s shot was diverted into his path and he scored from close range but the flag was up for offside.

The fifth goal saw Bobby Thomas head home from a left-wing Josh Benson corner.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Isted; B Thomas, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, L Thomas (Phillips 55mins), Connell (Russell 55), Kane (Benson 55), Cadden (Larkeche 69); Cole, Watters (Tedic 64).

Unused: Collins, Norwood.

Yellow cards: Kitching.

Goals: Cole 4, 54, Simeu OG 23, Kane 33, B Thomas 90+3.

Morecambe (3-5-2): Ripley; Rawson (Austerfield 77), Bedeau, Simeu; Love, Weir, Crowley (Mayor 77), Gibson, Souare; Stockton (Hunter 77), Niasse.

Unused: Smith, Delaney, Watts.

AS IT HAPPENED
  • 1
  • GAME UNDERWAY
  • 3:04pm
    I thought maybe they might go 3-4-3 but it’s 3-5-2 with L Thomas in front three but he’s playing right of the central three in the usual 3-5-2
  • 3:05pm
    3 Luke Thomas wins a free-kick about 30 yards from goal
  • 3:06pm
    GOAL!
    Devante Cole after four minutes
  • 3:08pm
    Herbie Kane taps a free-kick to Connell whose 25-yard shot is spilled by Connor Ripley and Cole puts the rebound in from close range for his 13th of the season
  • 3:09pm
    A perfect start for the Reds who have looked good from the start
  • 3:12pm
    Morcambe's Jensen Weir – who replaced Liam Shaw from the original line-up - blasts over from just outside the box
  • 3:13pm
    ,Morecambe venture into the box but Connell makes a fine tackle to win the ball then wins a free-kick
  • 3:16pm
    Morecambe trying to go long over the high Reds line but the assistant referee's flag has been up three times in the last five minutes
  • 3:16pm
    The Shrimps have responded pretty well to the goal though and it's been a fairly even game since then
  • 3:19pm
    17 Luke Thomas shoots from just outside the box but the effort lacks power and Ripley saves easily getting down to his left
  • 3:21pm
    19 Connell corner on the left headed out
  • 3:22pm
    Barnsley passing the ball around nicely in the Morecambe half. They look in control at the moment
  • 3:24pm
    GOAL!
    Dynel Simeu scores an own goal
  • 3:25pm
    It's been announced as Watters but I thought it was off Simeu
  • 3:26pm
    Starting with a classic Kitching left to right long ball to Williams who found B Thomas to back heel it to Connell whose long-range shot was pushed wide by Ripley. Williams crossed and it was turned in
  • 3:28pm
    25 Chance for 3-0. The impressive Connell jinks into the box from the left and finds Watters but his 12-yard shot is well-saved by Ripley then L Thomas' follow up is blocked
  • 3:32pm
    Needless to say Barnsley well on top here
  • 3:32pm
    30 Another chance for the hosts as Cole heads Connell's left-wing corner over
  • 3:34pm
    31 Morecambe free-kick from the right chested by Stockton in the box but it rolls to Isted to. gather. Pretty much the first thing he's had to do
  • 3:35pm
    GOAL!
    Herbie Kane makes it three after 33 minutes
  • 3:36pm
    Great bursting run from Bobby Thomas on the right of the box, he's half-tackled but the ball breaks to Kane to fire into the bottom right corner from about 15 yards for his third goal of the season
  • 3:38pm
    Barnsley absolutely cruising here. It feels like they could score as many as they want
  • 3:39pm
    Kitching heads behind for a Morecambe corner
  • 3:40pm
    Corner cleared then Isted punches away the next cross
  • 3:40pm
    YELLOW CARD
    Liam Kitching booked
  • 3:42pm
    40 Dan Crowley's 30-yard free-kick is easily caught by Isted. Morecambe's first effort on target
  • 3:45pm
    A few minutes left in a fantastic half for the. Reds
  • 3:47pm
    Three added minutes
  • 3:48pm
    Bobby Thomas concedes a corner from a free-kick when. he could have left it for Isted
  • 3:48pm
    45+1 Luke Thomas heads out the corner
  • 3:50pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 3, Morecambe 0. An excellent first half for the Reds
  • 4:08pm
    SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
  • 4:12pm
    Barnsley have had moist of the ball in this half. Morecambe go forward and B Thomas absolutely flattens Souare with a very powerful but legal tackle
  • 4:14pm
    Decent move by Morecambe and Weir is in on right of box but tries to square to no one
  • 4:16pm
    GOAL!
    Devante Cole makes it four after a wonderful move
  • 4:17pm
    Pure class. Jordan Williams plays a fantastic curling pass behind the Morecambe defence, which Kane brilliantly dummies and Cole is clean through to net.
  • 4:18pm
    Triple change. Benson for Kane, Russell for Connell and Phillips and L Thomas
  • 4:19pm
    Big chance for Watters. He ,meets a right wing cross at close range but it dips and he chests it to the goalkeeper
  • 4:24pm
    Chance for a Cole hat-trick as he receives a Williams pass with his back to goal and turns but fires well wide about 12 yards out
  • 4:25pm
    Another Cole chance. He gets the ball from Watters and shoots from the edge of the. box but Ripley tips it out of top right corner
  • 4:25pm
    Cadden's corner headed out and his follow-up cross too. hard
  • 4:26pm
    Tedic on for Watters
  • 4:30pm
    67 Dan Crowley curls a long-range shot onto the right post then Stockton blazes the rebound well over
  • 4:31pm
    Larkeche on for Cadden in Barnsley's last change
  • 4:34pm
    The game is pretty relaxed now. Barnsley have won. Can they add a bit of gloss and can the subs make an impact?
  • 4:39pm
    Morecambe from on Adam Mayor for Crowley, Josh Austerfield for Rawson
  • 4:41pm
    Hunter also came on for Stockton
  • 4:41pm
    Barnsley clear a corner and Pape Souare shoots just wide of the top left corner from 25 yards
  • 4:43pm
    The game has quietened down after all those subs. But Barnsley on their way to a big win
  • 4:44pm
    82 Hunter's corner on the left is headed by Russell at the front post and goes out the other side for a corner on the right
  • 4:45pm
    82 The next corner is flicked on at. the near post but over everyone
  • 4:48pm
    After another corner, Weir skips into the box and sees a shot saved by Isted
  • 4:48pm
    Attendance: 11,590 (279)
  • 4:50pm
    Cole thinks he has a hat-trick but the linesman's flag is up. Larkeche's shot was diverted into his path and he netted from close range
  • 4:53pm
    Three added minutes
  • 4:54pm
    Jacob Bedeau heads a cross up into the air and it bounces on the bar. Corner
  • 4:56pm
    GOAL!
    Bobby Thomas heads in a corner from Josh Benson
  • 4:57pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 5, Morecambe 0.