BARNSLEY bowed out of the Capital One Cup despite a spirited display in South Wales last night.
Goals from Danny Graham and Luke Moore looked set to give Swansea City a routine second round win.
But Bobby Hassell’s strike prompted a superb second-half display from the Reds before Moore’s second goal flattered the Premier League a side.
Reds boss Keith Hill made four changes, goalkeeper Ben Alnwick returned in place of David Gonzalez, while Hassell, Martin Cranie Chris Dagnall retained their places in the starting line-up.
Midfielders Tomasz Cywka and Stephen Dawson tested Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel before skipper Scott Wiseman showed superb positioning to block Graham’s header on the line in the 23rd minute.
But less than 60 seconds later, the Swansea striker opened the scoring.
Angel Rangel’s deep cross was headed back across the six-yard box by Moore, and with the Reds defence caught flat-footed, Graham chested home from barely a yard.
Just before the hour, Moore made it 2-0, leaving the Reds a mountain to climb.
But on 68 minutes, they earned themselves a lifeline.
A flurry of corner-kicks ended with Hassell’s rasping drive finding the net and the Swans were all at sea.
Barnsley chased an equaliser, Harewood’s free-kick skidding inches wide, Dagnall squandering a gilt-edged one-on-one chance with Tremmel and Hassell hitting the crossbar with a 30-yard pile-driver.
But as the Reds pushed forward, Swansea caught them napping, and Moore’s finish from an acute angle put the result beyond doubt.
BARNSLEY (4-4-2): Alnwick 7, Golbourne 6, Wiseman 7, Cranie 6, Stone 6; Hassell 8, Dawson 6, Mellis 7 (Clarke 63 6), Cywka 7; Davies 6 (Harewood 63, 7), Dagnall 7. Subs (not used): Lidakevicius, Collins, Foster, Etuhu, Rose.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)