Barnsley suffered a 5-1 hammering at home to Lincoln City, putting a big dent in their ambitions for automatic promotion.

The Reds were 1-0 down at half-time then conceded four more after the break with Adam Phillips getting a consolation goal.

It was an abysmal second half performance from Barnsley who slipped down to fifth, five points off the top two and seven clear in the top six.

Donovan Pines had picked up a knock so was not involved. Jamie McCart came into the starting 11 in the only change from Tuesday’s draw with Bolton. Aiden Marsh was back on the bench.

Lincoln had the first shot of the game on 14 minutes when Ben House’s weak 18-yard effort following a good move on the left was easily held by Liam Roberts.

Seconds later the Reds were totally exposed by a long ball over the top which left Josh Earl alone against two attackers. Lasse Sorensen squared for Joe Taylor who tapped in. It was the seventh time in 11 games Barnsley have gone behind in the first 20 minutes.

Barnsley’s first chance saw Adam Phillips volley across goal and wide from the right of the box after bringing down a Luca Connell pass.

Taylor looked set to net a second but his shot from the edge of the box was brilliantly kept out of the bottom right corner by Roberts.

Barnsley then had a spell of dominance for the second half of the first half.

Herbie Kane could have levelled but shot over the bar from 12 yards out after Devante Cole saw a shot blocked following a fine Cadden run on the left.

Cole’s soft header from a Cadden cross was easily saved by Lukas Jensen.

Jenson dived to his right to save a powerful 30-yard effort from Phillips then, seconds later, McCart headed over a Connell cross.

Kane was shown his tenth booking of the season so will miss the next two games.

Early in the second half, Lincoln almost went 2-0 ahead but Danny Mandroui’s goal-bound shot was blocked by his team-mate Taylor.

Philips should have levelled when Earl’s long ball was missed by a defender and he was clean through. But instead of shooting he tried to pass to Cole and undercut it so the goalkeeper could intercept.

Neill Collins made a double change eight minutes after the break, taking off Kane and John McAtee for Conor Grant and Sam Cosgrove.

The second goal saw Williams try to run the ball out of defence but he lost it to half-time substitute Jack Moylan who ran into the box, burst between Mael de Gevigney and Connell then found the bottom right corner.

The third goal arrived three minutes later when, after Barnsley lost the ball on the halfway line, Taylor brilliantly backheeled to Mandroiu who was allowed to run into the box and find the bottom left corner.

Moylan then added a second as he smashed a superb 35-yard shot into the bottom left corner.

Phillips pulled one back with a powerful close-range finish from a left-wing cross after substitute strikers Cosgrove and Aiden Marsh had both missed a low cross from the right.

But it was 5-1 soon after when Moylan again burst through the home defence into the box and, after his shot was saved, Jovan Makama tapped in almost on the line.

Phillips nearly got another but his shot was cleared off the line after a move down the left.

Phillips was then played in by substitute Jon Russell and fired across the face of goal with Cosgrove inches away from tapping in.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; de Gevigney, McCart, Earl; Williams, Phillips, Connell (Russell 78mins), Kane (Grant 53mins), Cadden (O’Keeffe 67); McAtee (Cosgrove 53), Cole (Marsh 67).

Unused: Killip, Cotter.

Yellow cards: Kane, Cole.

Goals: Phillips 77.

Lincoln (3-4-3): Jensen; Mitchell, O’Connor, Roughan; Sorensen, Erhahon, Mandroiu (Burroughs 83), Hackett-Fairchild (Duffy 83); Draper (Moylan HT), House (Makama 73), Taylor (Eyoma 73).

Unused: Wright, Jackson.

Goals: Taylor 15; Moylan 55, 72; Mandriou 58; Makama 79.

  • 1:44pm
    Good afternoon and welcome to the Chronicle’s live text coverage of Barnsley’s game at home to Lincoln City from 3pm.
  • 2:00pm
    Barnsley: Roberts; de Gevigney, McCart, Earl; Williams, Phillips, Connell, Kane, Cadden; McAtee, Cole. Subs: Killip, Cotter, Marsh, O’Keeffe, Russell, Grant, Cosgrove.
  • 2:00pm
    Donovan Pines has picked up a knock so is not involved today. We will find out more after game. Jamie McCart comes in for him in the only change. Aiden Marsh back on the bench.
  • 2:04pm
    Lincoln): Jensen; Mitchell, O’Connor, Roughan; Sorensen, Erhahon, Mandroiu,, Hackett-Fairchild, Draper, House, Taylor.. Unused: Wright, Burroughs, Duffy, Eyoma, Makama, Moylan.
  • 2:10pm
    The Reds are fourth in League One, three points off second-placed Bolton Wanderers, who scored a 98th-minute equaliser at Oakwell on Tuesday, with a game in hand on them and third-placed Derby County. The Reds – who are unbeaten in seven – now have 11 games left.
  • 2:13pm
    Lincoln are tenth, eight points off the top six and 15 below the fourth-placed Reds.
  • 2:14pm
    Since New Year’s Day, Michael Skubala’s side are unbeaten in ten, with five wins and five draws, while only Barnsley and leaders Portsmouth have more points from the last ten games.
  • 2:17pm
    Only Portsmouth have conceded fewer goals than Lincoln this season who have let in 32 in 36 games.
  • 2:19pm
    The Imps have conceded just two goals in their last nine games, with clean sheets in the last four.
  • 2:33pm
    The last time they let in a goal was on February 13 in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic, after which they have not conceded in more than six hours of football. They are unbeaten in four away games.
  • 2:36pm
    Last Saturday, Lincoln drew 0-0 at home to play-off hopefuls Stevenage, missing the chance to reduce the gap to the top six to five points.
  • 2:37pm
    Their current run also includes goalless stalemates with other top six sides Derby County and Peterborough United, but all of the five teams they have beaten in that sequence are placed 16th or below.
  • 2:37pm
    Barnsley head coach Neill Collins said: “We’re playing against one of the best teams in the league at the moment and all their games are really tight. “They have a good mix of being able to put you under pressure but also playing good football. “We can’t let the league table skew it, they are one of the top teams.
  • 2:37pm
    “They don’t give away anything for cheap. If it has to be 1-0 it has to be but sometimes in football these things go out the window quickly. We know we will have to have a fantastic performance.”
  • 2:45pm
    Barnsley’s last two home games have been against top four rivals Derby and Bolton with large crowds. Collins said: “Everyone has come together in the last few months. We have given the away fans a lot to cheer about. We short-changed our home fans early on but we’re starting to give them more special moments. I am looking forward to another game at Oakwell.”
  • 2:47pm
    Centre-back Adam Jackson, who played 44 games for Barnsley between 2016 and 2019, was a regular for Lincoln but has been out since breaking his nose and suffering two black eyes last month during an aerial challenge. He is back on the bench today.
  • 2:47pm
    Midfielder Ethan Erhahon, who was loaned to the Reds in 2020 but played for the under 21s only, has started almost every game this season. He starts today.
  • 2:48pm
    The Reds drew 2-2 at Sincil Bank in November. After Jordan Williams conceded an early penalty, Barry Cotter and John McAtee scored within minutes midway through the second half, only for TJ Eyoma to level in the 88th minute.
  • 2:49pm
    This will be the 75th meeting of the clubs, with Barnsley winning 33 and losing 25.
  • 2:51pm
    They did not play in the league for 46 years until last season, although the Reds won three League Cup ties.
  • 2:54pm
    Barnsley could not net in three meetings with the Imps last season, losing at home 3-0 in the EFL Trophy and 1-0 in the league then drawing 0-0 away in April which essentially ended their top two chances.
  • 2:59pm
    The players are on the pitch and the game is about to start.
  • 3:00pm
    Lincoln have won their last four league games at Oakwell without conceding. They have not lost in nine league meetings with the Reds since 1973, winning six and drawing three.
  • 3:01pm
  • 3:03pm
    Phillips cross from the right in first minute dropped by the goalkeeper then he catches
  • 3:04pm
    Cadden loses the ball and. Lincoln attack down right. but Barnsley clean. Then the visitors go down the left. and Williams clears
  • 3:05pm
    Lincoln usually play two up front but it's three today with Joe Taylor and Freddie Draper either side of Ben House
  • 3:06pm
    5 Barnsley free-kick on left 45 yards from goal. Cadden takes and it's headed away
  • 3:08pm
    No really chances or attacks of note yet. Both teams look pretty comfortable at the back so far
  • 3:10pm
    Cadden. brilliantly beats Danny Mândroiu and crosses deep to the. back. post but McAtee cannot connect with an attempted volley
  • 3:12pm
    Lincoln long throw on the right. Flicked on an d Williams clears
  • 3:15pm
    First shot of the. game. After decent move on the left, Lincoln's Ben House's 18-yard effort is easily saved by Roberts
  • 3:17pm
    Joe Taylor puts the visitors in front
  • 3:18pm
    A long ball leaves Barnsley totally exposed. Only Earl is back,. Sorensen sets up Taylor to tap in
  • 3:19pm
    Barnsley corner on the right headed up at the front. post by a defender and out for a throw on left
  • 3:20pm
    Good work by Cadden again to beat a man on. left but. his low cross is caught by the goalkeeper
  • 3:22pm
    Seventh time in 11 games the Reds have gone. behind in first 20 minutes. Their comebacks have been a massive. part of this season and they need another one against a side who have kept four clean sheets in a row
  • 3:25pm
    Barnsley have put a few decent moves. together since goal but none have led to a chance
  • 3:28pm
    Cadden wins a corner on the left
  • 3:28pm
    Kane's corner easily caught by the goalkeeper
  • 3:29pm
    28 minutes gone and Barnsley are. yet. to have a shot,. That corner was probably the closest they have come
  • 3:30pm
    Barnsley finally have a chance. Connell's clever. pass to the right. of the box finds Phillips who chests down but shoots well wide from the right of the box
  • 3:31pm
    Taylor looks set to double the lead with a shot from the. edge. of the box. but Roberts somehow keeps it. out of the bottom right corner.
  • 3:32pm
    Kane blazes a good. chance over in the box. After a great run by Cadden and a blocked Cole shot
  • 3:33pm
    Cole wins corner after a good Earl run. Barnsley having a decent spell
  • 3:34pm
    33 Connell corner cleared
  • 3:36pm
    A defender slices a. cleraernace in the box. but. another. clears. Then Cole and McAtee both get the ball in space in the box but take bad touches
  • 3:36pm
    Cadden cross turned behind
  • 3:37pm
    Corner played short then Cadden's cross headed by Cole weakly to goalkeeper. That's Barnsley's first shot
  • 3:40pm
    Barnsley have been well on top for the last ten minutes or so
  • 3:41pm
    Luca Connell, who has been good so far, wins a free-kick
  • 3:43pm
    Free-kick 30 yards from goal. Taapped to Phillips whose low powerful shot is well saved. Then Connell crosses and McCart heads over
  • 3:46pm
    Looks like Kane has been booked so will miss next two games
  • 3:46pm
    Free-kick on right headed away
  • 3:46pm
    One. added minute first half.
  • 3:47pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Lincoln 1.
  • 4:03pm
    Lincoln bring on Jack Moylan for Freddie Draper
  • 4:03pm
    Lincoln bring on Jack Moylan for Freddie Draper
  • 4:03pm
  • 4:04pm
    Looks like Lincoln have gone back to 3-5-2 after starting with three u p front
  • 4:05pm
    Close to 2-0 Danny Mândroiu meets a pull-back from the right and shoots low but it is blocked by his own man Taylor
  • 4:08pm
    Former Barnsley loanee Ethan Erhahon shoots over from just outside the box
  • 4:09pm
    Massive chance for the Reds. Phillips is put through by a long ball just a few yards out but instead of firing in he tries to pass to Cole and underhits it so Lincoln intercept
  • 4:10pm
    Devante Cole booked for a foul
  • 4:11pm
    Conor Grant and Sam Cosgrove on for Kane and McAtee
  • 4:13pm
    Jack Moylan doubles the visitors' lead
  • 4:15pm
    Williams and Grant can't keep hold of ball near halfway. Lincoln break and Moylan then wriggles between Connell and de Gevigney before supplying a cool finish
  • 4:16pm
    Danny Mândroiu adds another
  • 4:17pm
    After a good move down the right, he is given plenty of time and space to run into the. box and finish into the bottom left. corner
  • 4:22pm
    Barnsley all at sea. Misplaced passes all over the place
  • 4:22pm
    Lincoln win a corner on the left.
  • 4:23pm
    Corner. goes through everyone then next cross headed out by de Gevigney
  • 4:25pm
    Mandroiu skies over from just outside box
  • 4:25pm
    Marsh on for Cole and O'Keeffe for Cadden
  • 4:29pm
    Lincoln win free-kick on left
  • 4:30pm
    Jack Moylan from about 35 yards
  • 4:31pm
    A free-kick on the right is headed out. by McCart then Moylan hits a screamer. Roberts might be disappointed but it goes in the bottom left corner
  • 4:35pm
    Adam Phillips smashes in from a left wing cross.
  • 4:36pm
    Russell on for Connell
  • 4:36pm
    Cosgrove and Marsh both missed a low cross from the right then it was put back in and Phillips scores
  • 4:37pm
    Jovon Makama responds quickly for Lincoln
  • 4:38pm
    Jack Moylan, who has. destroyed the Reds, again bursts into the box and, after Roberts saves, Makama taps in
  • 4:41pm
    Phillips nearly gets a second but his shot is saved off the line
  • 4:47pm
    Barnsley corner on. the left
  • 4:47pm
    Grant corner headed out for another corner
  • 4:48pm
    Obviously this has been a disastrous day for Barnsley. They have defended extremely badly and collapsed in this second half
  • 4:49pm
    Eight added minutes
  • 4:52pm
    Barely. any home fans left here. Man of the match announcement is laughed at by them
  • 4:54pm
    Russell plays in Phillips on right, he fires the ball across goal and. Cosgrove is inches away from tapping in
  • 4:57pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 1, Lincoln 5.