DONCASTER Rovers failed to lay their Barnsley bogey in last night’s Championship clash at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Barnsley’s 2-0 win, both goals scored by new signing Danny Haynes, took their tally of victories to four in the five games the two sides have played since Rovers returned to the Championship.
Rovers shaded a goalless first half but appeared to lose their way after midfielder Mark Wilson limped off with a hamstring injury.
It was Rovers third successive league defeat and they could be facing a battle against relegation, rather than as hoped, mount a challenge for promotion, unless they can check their slide down the table.
“Goals change games,” said Rovers No 2 Richard O’Kelly. “I thought that we were the best side in the first half.
“Probably the only person who didn’t get into the game as much as he normally does was James Coppinger but he helped create space for other people.”
Haynes headed Barnsley into the lead on 54 minutes and made it 2-0 on 67 minutes.
“I wouldn’t blame Neil Sullivan for the first goal; he was unsighted,” said O’Kelly. “We were obviously up against it at that stage but the pleasing thing was that we didn’t let our heads go down.”
Barnsley boss Mark Robins said: “I thought that we were excellent, we carried on from where we left off on Saturday.
“I’m delighted for Danny. He’s scored his two goals in a local derby and becomes an instant hero.”