Full time: Brighton 1 Barnsley 2

Paddy McCourt and Kelvin Etuhu celebrate after the Reds' first goal.
Paddy McCourt and Kelvin Etuhu celebrate after the Reds' first goal.
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Managerless Barnsley picked up three precious points with a superb a 2-1 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.

A goal in each half for Paddy McCourt and Jacob Mellis made Matthew Upson’s header a mere consolation for their hosts as the Reds bounced back from their 3-0 home defeat against Birmingham City on Saturday after which they sacked David Flitcroft.

Barnsley

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Micky Mellon was the man in charge for the Championship’s bottom club and Barnsley nearly went behind mid-way through the first half when Craig Conway’s shot was tipped onto the bar by Jack Buckland.

Just after the half hour the Reds threatened with Kelvin Etuhu almost setting up Marcus Tudgay but the Seagulls were able to clear.

McCourt broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a trademark jinking run through the home defence before playing a one-two with Tudgay and then shooting under Tomasz Kuszczak.

Five minutes into the second half Tudgay was involved again as he linked up with Mellis to supply the pass that the former Chelsea youngster swept home.

However, on 63 minutes Matthew Upson halved the deficit with a free header from Conway’s corner that he directed past Buckland.

Referee James Linington had to limp off with 20 minutes to play and was replaced.

Five minutes from time Buckland denied Brighton substitute Will Buckley with an excellent save.

The Seagulls pushed for an equaliser as seven minutes of added time were played but the Reds stood firm.

Brighton: Kuszczak, Ward, Upson, Greer, Bruno, Bridcutt, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, David, Conway, Barnes. Subs: Brezovan, El-Abd, Calderon, Buckley, Agustien, Ince, Lita.

Reds: Butland, Wiseman, Kennedy, Cranie, Ramage, Perkins, Cywka, Mellis, McCourt, Etuhu, Tudgay. Subs: Hassell, O’Brien, Scotland, Dibble, Dawson M’voto, Fox.