BARNSLEY manager Danny Wilson was left dumbfounded after his side squandered a two-goal lead in a frustrating home defeat to high-fliers Notts County.
Striker Devante Cole and midfielder Conor Hourihane had put the Reds two up after only 12 minutes. But Barnsley somehow contrived to throw that lead away as the visiting Magpies punished them with a fine comeback at Oakwell.
It took the visitors just eight minutes to reduce their arrears when Garry Thompson lashed home Haydn Hollis’s through-ball from 20 yards.
And it got even better for the Magpies as striker Mike Petrasso bagged two goals in the space of eight minutes just after the hour mark to turnaround what had looked at one stage as a much-needed win for the Tykes.
“We should have been 4-0 up at half-time, but we’ve ended up losing the game,” reflected Wilson. “We were fantastic at one end of the pitch and created chance, after chance, after chance.
“And in the second half we’ve created chances, but at the other end of the pitch we’ve been quite poor in every department of defending.
“Everyone will look at this result and think we were poor. Well, the defensive side were.”
Barnsley: Turnbull, Bree (Brown 67), Cranie, Ramage, Nyatanga, Digby (Treacy 76), Hourihane, Berry, Williams, Cole, Winnall. Unused substitutes: Davies, Dudgeon, Hemmings, Abbott, Lita.
Notts County: Carroll, Dumbuya, Hollis, Laing, Cranston (Adams 46), Thompson, Jones, Noble, McLaughlin, Petrasso, Ismail. Unused substitutes: Wroe, Murray, McKenzie, Spiess, Traore, Harrad.
Referee: S Stockbridge (Tyneside).