LUKE Moore’s second-half brace helped Swansea City see off Barnsley 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium last night.
Barnsley, adopting a 4-3-2-1 formation, came close to opening the scoring after 17 minutes but Jacob Mellis blazed over when well-placed.
But seven minutes later Swansea City went ahead, with Danny Graham chesting in Luke Moore’s inviting centre. Graham scored two goals in January at Oakwell when the Premier League high fliers defeated the Reds in the FA Cup.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors just before the hour mark when the Swans doubled their advantage, as Moore’s drive gave Ben Alnwick, back from a three-match suspension for his sending off at Rochdale, no chance.
However, Hassell led a spirited response from Keith Hill’s injury-hit side when he headed in Scott Golbourne’s corner with 17 minutes left.
Moments later, Hassell’s long range effort rattled the crossbar as they pressed for an equaliser.
And the Reds were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal when Moore completed the scoring in the 88th minute.
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Swansea: Tremmel; Rangel, Bartley, Tate, Davies; Dyer, De Guzman, Ki Sung-Yeung, Agustien; Graham, Moore. Substitutes: Vorm, Williams, Michu, Gower, Richards, Dobbie, Lita.
Barnsley: Alnwick; Hassell, Golbourne, Wiseman, Cranie, Stones; Dawson, Cywka, Mellis; Davies, Dagnall. Substitutes: Lidakevicius, Collins, Foster, Harewood, Etuhu, Clark, Rose.