Barnsley equalled a club record for ten games unbeaten away from home in the same season with a 3-2 win at League One’s bottom club Carlisle United on Tuesday evening.

The hosts took an early lead but Jordan Williams levelled with a superb long-range strike before the break.

John McAtee netted just after half-time then Jon Russell added a third. Carlisle pulled one back late on but could not find the leveller.

After a very poor first half hour, Barnsley were well on top after equalising and played some impressive football, before a nervous finish. They remain fourth, five points off the top two.

Liam Roberts is injured so Ben Killip started in goal. Top-scorer Devante Cole was dropped to the bench, after a seven-game goalless run, and replaced by Sam Cosgrove.

Corey O’Keeffe came in for Jamie McCart so Jordan Williams moved back into the back three. Jon Russell came in for the suspended Herbie Kane in midfield. Adam Phillips and John McAtee played either side of Cosgrove in a front three.

Carlisle opened the scoring in the tenth minute when, after a long ball down the left was headed on by Jack Robinson, Barnsley defenders left it for each other and Luke Armstrong was clean through to beat Killip. It was Carlisle’s first goal in the first half at home since the opening day of the season and the eighth time in 12 games the Reds had gone behind in the opening 20 minutes.

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Cosgrove could have levelled when he met a Nicky Cadden cross from the left but headed into the ground and wide. Killip twice easily held Harrison Neal shots from outside the box.

Cosgrove then shot well over from 20 yards after a decent counter-attack involving Phillips and O’Keeffe.

Barnsley equalised out of nowhere when Williams smashed into the top left corner from 25 yards for his first goal of the season.

McAtee was inches away from making it 2-1 minutes later when his close-range header from Phillips’ clever right-wing cross hit the underside of the bar.

The referee waved away claims for penalties at both ends after Jack Diamond and Luca Connell each went down in the box.

Cosgrove’s 25-yard strike was turned over by the goalkeeper after a good one, two with Connell.

In the second half, Connell won the ball and put McAtee through on the left of the box but a defender made a last-ditch tackle.

It was 2-1 to Barnsley on 49 minutes when Connell received the ball from Phillips and played a superb throughball to Cosgrove whose cross from the right of the box was turned in from close range by McAtee.

Killip then beat away a Diamond shot before, at the other end, McAtee was played in on the right but denied by goalkeeper Harry Lewis.

Carlisle’s Paul Huntington headed well wide from Taylor Charters’ free-kick.

It was 3-1 when a corner was cleared but O’Keeffe’s excellent left-wing cross was headed in at the back post by Russell.

Substitute Aiden Marsh headed wide from a left-wing Cadden free-kick.

The hosts pulled one back on 87 minutes when Armstrong went through on the left and squared for Daniel Butterworth to net. Carlisle had several set pieces late on but could not level.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Killip; Williams, de Gevigney, Earl; O’Keeffe, Russell, Connell, Cadden; Phillips (Cole 59mins), Cosgrove (Marsh 73), McAtee (Grant 73).

Unused: Ravenhill, Benson, Cotter, McCart.

Yellow cards: O’Keeffe, Killip, Williams.

Goals: Williams 33, McAtee 49, Russell 77.

Carlisle (3-5-2): Lewis; Lavelle, Huntington, Mellish; Emmanuel, Neal, McGeouch (Butterworth 81mins), Charters (McCalmont 73), Robinson; Armstrong, Diamond (Gibson 81).

Unused: Breeze, Armer, Maguire, Barclay.

Goals: Armstrong 10, Butterworth 87.

  • 7:46pm
    Looks like Barnsley are playing a front three with McAtee and Phillips either side of Cosgrove
  • 7:47pm
    Barnsley corner o n the right
  • 7:48pm
    Connell corner headed up then Cosgrove cannot hook it back in. Goal kick
  • 7:50pm
    Carlisle play Jack Diamond behind the defence but Killip gets out of box and slides to kick. out for. a throw
  • 7:51pm
    Barnsley. win a free-kick on the right
  • 7:52pm
    O'Keeffe's low free-kick from the right is. cleared.
  • 7:53pm
    Barnsley trying to. play their way through Carlisle. Some nice passing by Cadden and Russell releases McAtee but he. takes poor. touch and commits a foul
  • 7:54pm
    It's a. grim evening here with rain sweeping in
  • 7:55pm
    Luke Armstrong opens the scoring
  • 7:57pm
    Carlisle had not scored a first half goal at home in the league since the opening. day of the season. 17 games Big gap on left side and Armstrong runs onto it to finish past Killip
  • 8:00pm
    First. chance for the Reds. Cadden crosses from the left and Cosgrove meets it from close range. He heads into the ground and wide of the left post
  • 8:05pm
    Harrison Neal long range. shot easily saved
  • 8:05pm
    Carlisle corner on right headed out by Mael de Gevigney
  • 8:07pm
    Barnsley have fallen. behind in the opening 20 minutes of eight of the last 12 games
  • 8:10pm
    Harrison Neal again shoots from 25 yards but again the low effort is easily saved by Killip
  • 8:10pm
    All three shots on target for the hosts so far
  • 8:11pm
    This is yet another. sluggish start for the Reds. They can't keep doing this. Still time to get. back into this one though
  • 8:11pm
    Decent. counter attack with passes by O'Keeffe and Phillips but Cosgrove blazes over from just outside the box
  • 8:13pm
    Boos from the away end as an aimless long ball goes straight to the home goalkeeper
  • 8:16pm
    Carlisle. have a decent opportunity after Williams loses. the ball but the cross. from the left of the box is overhit and the striker cannot get to. it
  • 8:18pm
    Jordan Williams smashes into the top left corner from 25 yards
  • 8:20pm
    Out of nowhere. Barnsley have been really poor but their. captain produces a moment of magic
  • 8:20pm
    Williams' first goal of the season
  • 8:20pm
    Now Barnsley win a corner on the right
  • 8:21pm
    John McAtee heads onto the bar from a Phillips cross
  • 8:25pm
    Earl. surges into the box from the left but his cross is cut out
  • 8:26pm
    Connell looks to the be. tripped on the edge of the box but nothing is given
  • 8:29pm
    Williams’ first goal for 59 games, most of which have been at centre-back, since netting at Cheltenham 13 months ago.
  • 8:30pm
    Cosgrove shoots from 25 yards after one two with Connell and it's turned over by the goalkeeper
  • 8:30pm
    Corner is headed well wide
  • 8:33pm
    HALF-TIME: Carlisle 1, Barnsley 1
  • 8:48pm
  • 8:49pm
    Barnsley need to start as. they finished the first half but be clinical
  • 8:51pm
    Big chance. Connell brilliantly wins the ball and slips in McAtee but. a defender blocks fora corner
  • 8:52pm
    Earl flicks on the corner but it is scrambled clear.
  • 8:53pm
    John McAtee puts the Reds in front
  • 8:55pm
    Fantastic team goal. Phillips to Connell whose fine through ball. puts Cosgrove in. space o n right of box., His excellent cross is turned in almost on the line for McAtee's 11th of the season
  • 8:58pm
    Diamond shoots from 25 yards and Killip beats away. Carlisle still in this
  • 9:00pm
    Another chance for McAtee. He's played in on the right but h is shot from. a tight angle is saved by Lewis' chest.
  • 9:02pm
    Real confidence in Barnsley's play. now. They are passing it around nicely
  • 9:03pm
    Cole. comes on for Phillips
  • 9:04pm
    A minute's applause for ex-Red David Wilkes who was. an academy coach at Carlisle. He died last year aged 59 so applause in 59th minute
  • 9:06pm
    Fantastic move from Barnsley. Great passes by McAtee, Cole. and a. cross by O'Keeffe. Cosgrove heads onto post but is flagged offside
  • 9:08pm
    Approaching halfway point in second half. Reds well on top but will want to. kill this off
  • 9:08pm
    Cosgrove. wins ball and his cross is turned behind for a corner on right
  • 9:08pm
    Cadden's corner scrambled clear
  • 9:09pm
    Corey O'Keeffe booked for foul to end counter attack
  • 9:10pm
    Paul Huntington heads wide from a Taylor Charters free-kick
  • 9:12pm
    Barnsley win a corner on right. Cosgrove. wanted a penalty
  • 9:12pm
    Cadden corner cleared then Connell shot blocked
  • 9:12pm
    Cadden corner cleared then Connell shot blocked
  • 9:12pm
    Mael. de Gevigney to take a long throw
  • 9:13pm
    Long throw from right touched back to de Gevigney whose cross come shot is held. by the goalkeeper
  • 9:14pm
    Carlisle move down left and Earl turns low cross behind for corner
  • 9:14pm
    Corner headed out by Russelll
  • 9:14pm
    Carlisle. having a decent spell. They win another corner on left
  • 9:15pm
    Carlisle. take the corner short and want a penalty as McAtee tangles with Charters but referee says no
  • 9:15pm
    Two Barnsley subs and. one for Carlisle about to happen
  • 9:16pm
    Marsh on for Cosgrove, who has done well
  • 9:16pm
    Conor Grant for McAtee who put the Reds in front
  • 9:17pm
    Carlisle bring on Alfie McCalmont for Taylor Charters
  • 9:19pm
    Cadden cross turned behind for corner on left
  • 9:19pm
    15 minutes to go
  • 9:20pm
    Jon Russell heads in
  • 9:21pm
    After a corner on the left is cleared, Russell heads in at the back post from a left wing cross by O'Keeffe
  • 9:22pm
    Russell's fourth of the season. O'Keeffe now has six assists which is the Reds' most, I think.
  • 9:25pm
    Carlisle take off Dylan McGeouch and Jack Diamond for Daniel Butterworth and Jordan Gibson
  • 9:26pm
    Marsh's header from a Cadden free-kick drifts wide
  • 9:31pm
    GOAL: Daniel Butterworth pulls one back Daniel Butterworth
  • 9:31pm
    Cadden shot saved at front post by Lewis
  • 9:32pm
    Carlisle 2, Barnsley 3. Daniel Butterworth pulls one back
  • 9:33pm
    Ben Killip booked for time wasting
  • 9:34pm
    Six added minutes
  • 9:35pm
    Connell's left wing corner is cleared then the referee gives Carlisle a free-kick
  • 9:36pm
    Carlisle win a free-kick on the left
  • 9:36pm
    Jordan Williams latest to be booked
  • 9:37pm
    Carlisle's left wing free-kick is headed across goal and hacked behind by O'Keeffe
  • 9:37pm
    Carlisle corner on right. Over everyone
  • 9:38pm
    Carlisle burst down left and a. cross. is put behind for corner
  • 9:39pm
    90+6 Left wing corner headed behin for another on right
  • 9:39pm
    90+6 Right wing corner headed out by Russell
  • 9:40pm
    FULL-TIME: Carlisle 2, Barnsley 3