Barnsley suffered their second defeat in a matter of days as goals from Billy Waters and Matt Tootle gave Crewe Alexandra a 2-0 victory at Oakwell in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Waters fired in from close range in the 32nd minute after being left unmarked by a static Reds defence and then with six minutes remaining and against the run of play, Waters turned provider as Tootle sealed the win for Alex.
New signing Leroy Lita made his Barnsley debut up front as Danny Wilson made four changes to the side which lost 1-0 at home to Crawley at the weekend.
Out went Luke Berry, Joe Dudgeon (unavailable), Danny Rose and the suspended Dale Jennings.
Coming into the side were Lita, for his first appearance since making the switch from Swansea last week, Reuben Noble-Lazarus, James Bree and Keith Treacy.
Barnsley were looking to bounce back against fellow League One side Alex who lost 2-1 to Fleetwood on Saturday.
The opening stages were fairly level with both sides having half chances.
Keith Treacy found the target after just 46 seconds but his effort was easily saved by Garrett in the Crewe goal.
Vadaine Oliver went just wide for the visitors after 10 minutes and a minute later Conor Hourihane also went close with a shot from distance.
Waters then should have done better with a close range shot but couldn’t find a way past Reds stopper Davies.
Sam Winnall was next to fire wide for Barnsley before Waters against went close to opening the scoring, this time shooting wide.
However, it wouldn’t take long for Waters to finally find the net as on 32 minutes he scored from the edge of the six yard box, in acres of space.
After the break Barnsley pressed for an equaliser but it wasn’t until the 64th minute that they came close as Sam Winnall got on the end of a cross to head at goal, however his effort was weak and Garratt made an easy save.
Defender Jean-Yves M’voto came off the bench, replacing Keith Treacy to take up an attacking role with 15 minutes remaining and within minutes he was involved in another opportunity for Winnall.
M’voto headed the ball down for the striker but Winnall’s shot was high and wide.
However, as the Reds pushed forward they were undone by a sucker punch at the other end as Waters’ ball found Tootle whose shot hit the bottom right hand corner of the goal.
Wilson’s side continued to attack with Dominic McHale and Conor Hourihane both having chances but they came to nothing and Barnsley’s League Cup campaign faltered at the first hurdle.
Barnsley: Davies, Brown, Nyatanga, Cranie (C), Treacy, Hourihane, Bree, Bailey, Winnall, Nobel-Lazarus, Lita.
Subs:Dibble, Berry, Digby, M’Voto, McKnight, McHale, Boakye-Yiadom.
Crewe: Garratt, Tootle, Ray, Dugdale, Turton, Oliver, Inman, Waters, Nolan, Leigh, Grant.
Subs: Shearer, Guthrie, Saunders, Baillie, Jones, Molyneux, Haber