Barnsley succumbed to a second 3-1 home defeat in five days as they were beaten by Oxford United on Saturday.

The visitors scored an eighth-minute penalty after a foul by Reds full debutant Mael de Givegney who was taken off on 37 minutes following a very difficult first start.

Jordan Williams netted an own goal early in the second half then, after Devante Cole pulled one back, a third away goal arrived late on.

It was another poor performance from the Reds, other than a brief good spell following their goal, and they now have four points form their first four games including the 7-0 opening day win over Port Vale.

Neill Collins made three changes from the starting line-up for Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at home to Peterborough United.

De Givegney made his full debut in place of Barry Cotter, Adam Phillips came in for Jon Russell and Andy Dallas also made his full debut in place of Max Watters. Youngsters Aiden Marsh and Harrison Nejman were on the bench but Oli Shaw was not.

Oxford’s Mark Harris hooked over from 12 yards out in the second minute after one of several dangerous early free-kicks was not fully cleared.

Phillips almost opened the scoring in the third minute after a clever one, two with Nicky Cadden opened Oxford up but his powerful shot from just inside the box but was well-saved.

Herbie Kane lost the ball, not for the first time, in the seventh minute and Marcus Browne was able to drive into the box where he was tripped by de Givegney. Cameron Brannagan netted the penalty.

Barnsley responded well to the goal. After good work by Liam Kitching, Cadden’s cross from the left was blocked at the front post then Devante Cole pulled it back to Dallas who screwed badly wide from ten yards out when he should have scored.

Phillips was put clean through by Kitching’s fine pass but could not control the high ball, then Cadden brilliantly beat a defender but curled just over from just inside the box.

Harris could have made it 2-0 when played in on the left of the box by Ruben Rodrigues but the weak shot was easily saved at his near post by Liam Roberts. The home goalkeeper also kept out a scuffed effort from Stanley Mills who latched onto a long ball on the right before bursting into the box.

De Givegney was replaced by Cotter after 37 minutes. The Frenchman had been booked for a wild tackle and survived calls for another booking after pulling back an attacker who was through.

Phillips almost levelled with a 25-yard strike which goalkeeper James Beadle fumbled but the ball trickled wide. Seconds later, Cadden again cut in from the right and smashed a 15-yard shot just over the bar.

Roberts easily saved a Stephan Negru corner early in the second half then Billy Bodin blasted over a volleyed effort.

The second goal came when Mills easily surged down the right wing and sent in as low cross which Williams turned into his own net at the near post.

Collins brought on Russell, Watters and Marsh for Styles, Dallas and Phillips midway through the second half.

It should have been 3-0 when Kitching lost the ball deep in his half and Harris was played clean through but Roberts made a fine one-on-one save.

But instead it was 2-1 on 71 minutes when Cole headed in a Cadden corner.

The hosts almost levelled when Marsh ran onto Kitching’s fine header on the left of the box and sent the ball across the face of goal with Cole inches away from tapping home.

At the other end, Roberts made another fine save to tip Negru’s header over the bar.

Cole almost got a second on 85 minutes when, after he headed out a corner, Marsh won a tackle and Russell put Cole through on goal only for the goalkeeper to make a fine one-on-one save.

But Oxford ended any hopes of a comeback on 88 minutes when, after Kacper Lopata cleaned out Gatlin O’Donkoer, the ball rolled through to Tyler Goodrham to beat Roberts.

Cole almost pulled one back straight away but, after a Cadden corner was half-cleared, his shot was hacked off the line.

Barnsley: Roberts; De Givegney (Cotter 37mins), Lopata, Kitching; Williams, Kane, Styles (Marsh 66), Phillips (Russell 66), Cadden; Dallas (Watters 66), Cole.

Unused: Killip, Nejman, Shepherd.

Yellow cards: Styles, de Givegney.

Goals: Cole. 71.

Oxford: Beadle; Long, Moore, Negru, Brown; Brannagan, McGuane; Mills (Goodrham 61mins), Bodin (Stevens 71), Browne (Rodrigues 28); Harris (O’Donkor 71).

Unused: Eastwood, McEachran, Smyth.

Yellow cards: Brown, Brannagan.

Goals: Brannagan 8 (pen), Williams OG (53), Goodrham 88.

  • 3:02pm
    Chance for the visitors after 70 seconds. Kane gives away a free-kick which is sent into the box and, after a couple of headers, Mark Harris hook s it over from about 12 yards
  • 3:03pm
    So close for Barnsley! Phillips and Cadden swap passes then Phillips' powerful shot from 15 yards is kept out. Good move
  • 3:04pm
    3 Cadden's corner has been cleared
  • 3:05pm
    Kane and Styles are playing holding midfield, with Adam Phillips number ten
  • 3:06pm
    Callum Styles booked
  • 3:07pm
    Another Oxford free-kick causes problems but it's headed across goal and no one is on the end of it
  • 3:08pm
    De Givegney concedes a penalty minutes into his debut
  • 3:08pm
    Cameron Brannagan with a penalty after a foul by debutant Mael de Givegney on Marcus Browne
  • 3:10pm
    Horror start for the Frenchman but it's a really poor goal all-round with the ball lost in the midfield not for the first time this afternoon already.
  • 3:13pm
    Good response Reds. Williams surges into the box from the right and his low cross is turned over for a corner
  • 3:13pm
    Cadden's corner is missed by the goalkeeper. Then Kitching's follow up cross is headed out. Styles tries to cross and massively overhits it out of play
  • 3:14pm
    Big chance for Andy Dallas but he screws it well wide from about eight yards out. After good work by Kitching, Cadden's cross was blocked but Cole found Dallas in the box
  • 3:18pm
    Barnsley struggling with their passing in midfield, looking a bit pedestrian in there at times
  • 3:20pm
    But when the Reds get the ball forwards they are playing good football around the box. Kitching thinks he's won a corner but the decision is reversed. It was a good passing move involving Styles and Cole
  • 3:22pm
    Mael de Givegney now booked for a wild tackle near the halfway line. Not an ideal debut so far
  • 3:24pm
    Great football by Oxford almost opens Barnsley up but Brannagan's pass to Harris is just too heavy when through on goal so he has to take it wide and recycle then it is cleared
  • 3:25pm
    De Givegney now appears to pull back an attacker when through on the left but nothing is given by the referee. On another day that could have bee n a red card
  • 3:26pm
    Barnsley coming closer. Kitching's fine ball puts Phillips through but his touch is just two heavy. Then Cadden brilliantly cuts past two defenders but chips just over from just inside the box
  • 3:28pm
    Marcus Browne is limping off for Oxford. Ruben Rodrigues comes on
  • 3:29pm
    Williams wins a corner on the right
  • 3:29pm
    29 Cadden's right-wing corner is caught by the goalkeeper
  • 3:33pm
    Chance for 2-0. Oxford break with numbers and Ruben Rodrigues plays in Mark Harris on the left but his shot is straight at Liam Roberts who saves at his near post
  • 3:33pm
    Another Oxford chance. Stanley Mills runs onto long pass, cuts past a defender on the right of the box but his shot again is straight at Roberts
  • 3:36pm
    35 Elliott Moore heads well wide from a corner
  • 3:38pm
    Mael de Givegney taken off after 35 minutes for Barry Cotter. I don't think he's injured. He's had a really tough debut, conceding the penalty then getting booked
  • 3:41pm
    Obviously a disastrous debut for the Frenchman. He looked like a walking red card so you can understand Collins' decision
  • 3:42pm
    Harris wins a corner for Oxford on the right
  • 3:43pm
    43 Oxford corner on the right. Brannagan takes it, headed up by Moore, caught by Roberts
  • 3:43pm
    Adam Phillips wins a free-kick on the right
  • 3:45pm
    44 Cadden free-kick ope right wing. Passes it square to Phillips who shoots from 25 yards. It is almost fumbled in by. goalkeeper Beadle but goes just wide.
  • 3:45pm
    The resulting. corner is cleared but Barnsley work it back to Cadden who cuts into the box again and smashes over from 15 yards. Good strike but just too high
  • 3:46pm
    Five added minutes this half
  • 3:47pm
    45+1 Cotter's long throw on the right is cleared
  • 3:51pm
    Oxford long throw from. left. Clearance cannons into Williams but floats up for Roberts to catch
  • 3:52pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Oxford 1. The Reds trail to a penalty conceded early on by full debutant Mael de Givegney who was taken off after 37 minutes.
  • 4:06pm
  • 4:08pm
    Reds have come out quite attacking but not chances of yet
  • 4:13pm
    A lack of urgency in defending by Barnsley as, after Williams clears a cross, Styles tries to head it to a team mate but puts it out for a corner
  • 4:13pm
    Stephan Negru heads a right-wing corner but it's easily saved by Roberts
  • 4:13pm
    Stephan Negru heads a right-wing corner but it's easily saved by Roberts
  • 4:14pm
    Now Billy Bodin blasts a volley well over
  • 4:15pm
    Jordan Williams scores an own goal
  • 4:16pm
    Oh dear. Fantastic run down the right by Stanley Mills then his low cross is turned in by Williams at the near post
  • 4:16pm
    Ciaron Brown booked
  • 4:17pm
    Barnsley free-kick on right cleared for a corner
  • 4:17pm
    Cotter wants a penalty after winning a header from a Cadden corner
  • 4:19pm
    Now Bodin curls wide from about 25 yards
  • 4:21pm
    Barnsley look really flat now,. Away end loud. Mountain to climb
  • 4:22pm
    Oxford bring on Tyler Goodrham for Stanley Mills who just created the second goal
  • 4:25pm
    Barnsley not offering much at the. moment. Collins surely has to change something
  • 4:26pm
    Jon Russell, Aiden Marsh and Max Watters coming on
  • 4:26pm
    For Andy Dallas, Callum Styles and Adam Phillips
  • 4:29pm
    Should be 3-0. Ball lost in defence. Harris played through and Roberts makes a fine one-on-one save. Some boos around Oakwell
  • 4:32pm
    Devante Cole pulls one back
  • 4:32pm
    The striker heads in Nicky Cadden's corner for his fourth goal of the season
  • 4:35pm
    Now the home fans are much noisier,. Out of nowhere the Reds are back in this contest
  • 4:36pm
    Cotter's fine. pass to Watters, his cross is turned behind for a corner
  • 4:36pm
    Cadden corner cleared to Kane whose weak shot is kicked away
  • 4:37pm
    So close to 2-2! Kitching's fine header from a long ball puts Marsh in on the left. The young striker hits the ball across the face of goal and Cole is inches away from tapping in. A changed game
  • 4:38pm
    But not Oxford win a corner on the right
  • 4:39pm
    Very good save by Roberts again. He tips a Stephan Negru header from a corner over his bar
  • 4:41pm
    Jordan Williams booked for a cynical pull back after Ruben Rodrigues beat him
  • 4:44pm
    Oxford win a free-kick on the left
  • 4:44pm
    Brannagan whips the free-kick towards the right of Roberts goal but he dives and punches away. I think it was. going wide anyway
  • 4:44pm
    84 Coles heads away a corner
  • 4:45pm
    Another massive chance for 2-2. Cole, who started the counter heading away a corner, is put clean through by Russell but the goalkeeper makes a good one on one save
  • 4:48pm
    That;'s two big chances for 2-2. Barnsley have at least made a game of it since that triple change midway through the second half
  • 4:49pm
    Tyler Goodrham makes it 3-1 on 88 minutes
  • 4:50pm
    Another dreadful goal. Lopata cleans out Gatlin O’Donkor put the ball rolls through to Goodrham to touch it past Roberts and in.
  • 4:51pm
    Cole close again. After a Cadden corner is only half cleared. His low shot is cleared off the l ine
  • 4:51pm
    Five added minutes
  • 4:57pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1, Oxford 3.