Barnsley secured back to back wins for the first time under Neill Collins with a 2-0 victory at League One bottom club Cheltenham Town.

After an average first half, the Reds upped their tempo after the break and took the lead through Devante Cole’s sixth goal in as many games this season then substitute Max Watters got his first of the campaign.

The only change from last week’s win at Wigan saw John McAtee come in for his full debut in place of the benched Watters.

New signing Jamie McCart was on the bench along with youngster Theo Chapman. Loaned-out Andy Dallas, Corey O’Keeffe and Callum Styles dropped off the bench.

Barnsley had their first shot after eight seconds when McAtee fired over from the right of the box after Barry Cotter flicked on a long Jack Shepherd ball.

After an excellent run out of defence, Jordan Williams played a long pass which the goalkeeper came out to meet but gifted it to Herbie Kane who shot just over the empty net from 35 yards.

Cheltenham had the first shot on target when Rob Street was played through on the right of the box and saw his shot from a tight angle pushed round the near post by Roberts.

Jon Russell headed a Kane corner just over then, at the other end, Lewis Freestone’s header from a long throw was brilliantly clawed out by Roberts.

Roberts then made another good save diving to his right to deny Will Goodwin’s header after a good Street cross from the right following Aidan Keena’s clever flick. Goodwin had another headed chance minutes later but nodded over.

Barry Cotter found himself on the right of the box after a one, two with Phillips but shot over from a tight angle when Kane was in a good position for a pull-back.

Cheltenham then appealed for a penalty after Cotter appeared to push an attacker in the back when he was about to head a cross.

Cole had the ball in the back of the net after a fine move involving good passes by Williams and Phillips, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside. Collins said later he thought it was onside.

There was more controversy when, after a clever run and cross by McAtee, Jack Shepherd’s header hit the right post then bounced into the goalkeeper’s arms with claims the ball had crossed the line.

Barnsley started the second half well and scored from a fine counter-attack. After a corner was headed out, there were four attackers to one home defender with McAtee finding Cadden who set up Cole to beat the goalkeeper for his sixth goal of the season.

Cadden almost made it 2-0 soon after but his powerful volley from just outside the box struck the post.

Seconds later, Street went clean through on goal and shot from just inside the box but Roberts brilliantly stuck out a left hand to deny him.

Home centre-back Lewis Freestone should have levelled when picked out by a bobbling left-wing but hooked well wide.

The second goal arrived in injury-time with two substitute strikers combining. Watters put Aiden Marsh clean through on goal but, after the shot was saved, Watters found a good finish from a tight angle.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, Lopata, Shepherd; Cotter (de Givegney 77), Phillips (Chapman 89), Russell, Kane, Cadden; Cole (Marsh 89), McAtee (Watters 73).

Unused: Killip, , McCart, Nejman, Chapman, Marsh, Watters.

Yellow cards: Kane, McAtee, Shepherd.

Goals: Cole 54, Watters 90+2.

Cheltenham (3-4-3): Southwood; Ferry, Long (J Williams 89mins), Davies (Bevan 65mins), Freestone, B Williams (Peupion 76); Sercombe, Bonds (Thompson 65), Keena, Street, Goodwin (Butter-Oyedeji 65).

Unused: Harry, J Williams,, Adshead, Peupion.

  • 3:02pm
    McAtee shoots over from the right of the box after nine seconds
  • 3:04pm
    Positive start for the Reds. They have had a lot of the ball and look comfortable on it
  • 3:05pm
    A few minutes of pressure for the hosts. A couple of crosses cleared then Will Ferry fired well over from long range
  • 3:06pm
    Herbie Kane shoots at an open goal after the home goalkeeper comes out of his goal and doesn't get it. After great run and pass by Williams
  • 3:07pm
    Free-kick from right by Cheltenham cleared by Phillips
  • 3:08pm
    Barnsley playing lots of long balls over the top to McAtee
  • 3:11pm
    Chance for the hosts. Rob Street is played in on the right of the box and his shot his kept out of the bottom right corner by Roberts with a good save
  • 3:13pm
    McAtee wins corner on left after good pass by Kane
  • 3:14pm
    Kane's corner from the left is headed over by Russell about eight yards out
  • 3:16pm
    Decent move by Cheltenham, finds Street on right of box,. Lopata blocks for corner
  • 3:16pm
    Big chance for the hosts from a long throw. Liam Roberts claws out a header by Freestone from a long throw
  • 3:19pm
    Cheltenham win another corner and it is cleared. The hosts are given as good as they get here
  • 3:21pm
    Long throw for Cheltenham on the right leads to a bit of a scramble but Roberts gets it
  • 3:24pm
    Great save again by Roberts. This time from a header by Goodwin after great work by the home forwards., Keen flicked the ball on to Street who crossed from the right
  • 3:25pm
    Another Goodwin header from a Rob Street cross, this time over the bar
  • 3:27pm
    Cheltenham playing much better up front than their record this season suggests
  • 3:31pm
    Chance for Cotter after a fine one two with Phillips but blazes over from a tight angle on right of box with Kane in a great position if he pulled it back
  • 3:32pm
    Barnsley throw on the right. Cleared then they win another in the same place
  • 3:33pm
    Chance. Cotter's throw drops to Cole then his shot is deflected over by the defender
  • 3:34pm
    John McAtee booked for an overhead kick attempt which makes contact with a home defender, after a corner
  • 3:36pm
    It was Rob Street who took a kick to the face. He gets treatment for a few minutes now play restarts with him patched up
  • 3:37pm
    Devante Cole has the ball in the back of the net but it's ruled out for offside
  • 3:38pm
    Was a fine move involving passes by Williams and Phillips
  • 3:38pm
    Lovely back heel flick by McAtee into Cadden whose 25 yards shot is weak and easily saved
  • 3:38pm
    The last ten minutes have been so much better for the Reds
  • 3:40pm
    Cheltenham free-kick taken by Sercombe. headed by Curtis Davies but it's cleared
  • 3:42pm
    Barry Cotter looked as though he might have pushed a Cheltenham player in the back when he was about to head the ball in the box
  • 3:43pm
    Then Cadden is tricked when trying to run through on the left from a Cole pass but no free-kick given
  • 3:47pm
    Jack Shepherd so close to his first professional goal. His header hits the right post., It looked to have possibly cross the line but the goalkeeper grabbed it and no goal goal given
  • 3:49pm
    Herbie Kane booked for punching ball away after harsh decision against him
  • 3:50pm
    Now Phillips shoots well over after a good move. 25 yards out
  • 3:51pm
    HALF-TIME: Cheltenham 0, Barnsley 0.
  • 4:08pm
  • 4:08pm
  • 4:08pm
    Great run by Cotter onto box but cross blocked
  • 4:08pm
    Now another good move down right, Phillips and Cotter one two and Phillips shot blocked behind for corner
  • 4:09pm
    Cole heads the Cadden corner well behind for a corner
  • 4:09pm
    Good start by the Reds to this half
  • 4:10pm
    Cheltenham free-kick falls to Street whose cross from left of box is caught by Roberts
  • 4:12pm
    Barnsley attacking a lot this half. A few crosses cleared
  • 4:14pm
    Cheltenham win a corner on the right. Good block by Shepherd
  • 4:15pm
    Devante Cole scores!
  • 4:17pm
    What a fantastic counter attack. Lopata wins a header from a home corner then Barnsley have four attackers to one defender. McAtee to Cadden who puts Cole through to get his sixth of the season
  • 4:19pm
    The away crowd is very loud now
  • 4:19pm
    Shepherd needs treatment after a whack. He will carry on though
  • 4:21pm
    Brilliant Roberts save after Street goes clean through. Big chance for a leveller
  • 4:22pm
    Cadden had smashed a volley off the post seconds earlier
  • 4:24pm
    Triple change for the hosts
  • 4:25pm
    Owen Bevan on for Curtis Davies, Curtis Thompson for Elliott Bonds and Nathan Butler-Oyedeji for Goodwin
  • 4:27pm
    Lewis Freestone booked for tripping Cole who had beaten him
  • 4:29pm
    Barnsley have been so much better in this second half. Playing some great football and looking much more intense with their press
  • 4:31pm
    Cadden free-kick from the left. Over everyone and out
  • 4:33pm
    Max Watters is coming on
  • 4:34pm
    Watters comes on for McAtee
  • 4:35pm
    Cheltenham corner cleared
  • 4:36pm
    Nathan Butler-Oyedeji beats Cotter in the box then Williams cleared., Corner also clearedd
  • 4:37pm
    Big big chance for the hosts. A bobbling ball from the right is met by Freestone unmarked about eight yards out but the centre-back sends it wide
  • 4:38pm
    Mael de Gevigney on for Cotter
  • 4:38pm
    Williams moves from centre back to right wing back
  • 4:38pm
    Jack Shepherd booked for a challenge near halfway
  • 4:42pm
    Cheltenham having a better spell now. Looking like a nervy finish
  • 4:43pm
    De Givegney almost loses the ball deep in his half but just gets away with it
  • 4:46pm
    Into the last five minutes now
  • 4:48pm
    Quite a bit of pressure from the hosts now but now clear chances since that Freestone miss. Curtis Thompson shoots well over from 35 yards
  • 4:49pm
    Cheltenham bring on Josh Williams for Sean Long
  • 4:49pm
    Barnsley are bringing on Aiden Marsh and Theo Chapman
  • 4:50pm
    Devante Cole and Adam Phillips coming off
  • 4:50pm
    Shows what faith Collins has in the youngsters to put them on at a crucial moment with the game in the balance
  • 4:51pm
    Marsh close to the second goal. He dives in to meet a Watters cross but just can't meet it
  • 4:51pm
    Marsh close to the second goal. He dives in to meet a Watters cross but just can't meet it
  • 4:52pm
    Six added minutes
  • 4:53pm
    Max Watters gets another in injury time
  • 4:54pm
    Watters puts Marsh clean through who is denied by a save but the ball bounces to the right of the box where Watters supplies a good finish from a tight angle
  • 4:57pm
    Watters' first goal of the season
  • 4:57pm
    Big shouts against Mael de Gevigney for a. penalty after a challenge in the box but none given
  • 4:58pm
    FULL-TIME: Cheltenham 0, Barnsley 2. The Reds get back to back wins for the first time under Neill Collins