Barnsley remained at the foot of the Championship despite their first away win of the season at Brighton.

The victory came in their first game under caretaker manager Micky Mellon following the sacking of David Flitcroft at the weekend.

A fine individual effort from Paddy McCourt gave the Tykes a first-half lead, which was doubled five minutes after the break by Jacob Mellis.

Matthew Upson's header halved the deficit, but Barnsley held out.

Wins for Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday meant the Yorkshire club remain at the bottom of the table on goal difference.

The hosts started well, with Barnsley keeper Jack Butland forced into a fine save when he tipped Craig Conway's shot onto the crossbar.

End of Barnsley's away misery

Barnsley were one of only two sides yet to win away from home this season (D1 L7) in the Championship, alongside Sheffield Wednesday, before beating Brighton

But Barnsley ended a sequence of nearly five hours without a goal when McCourt ended a solo run with a one-two with Marcus Tudgay before slotting home.

Tudgay was also involved in the second goal, threading the ball to Mellis inside the area before the midfielder beat keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Upson pulled a goal back with a header from a corner, and referee James Linington was forced off with an injury, but Barnsley held out to end a run of six games without a win.

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia: "We only played 55 minutes in this game. But we did get a reaction in the second half and had chances for further goals.

"The problem was we started very slowly. We wanted to start well, but Barnsley kept the ball pretty well, and if we don't have the ball we're not comfortable.

"It's a tough league and there are no easy games, all the players are really disappointed at how we played."

Barnsley caretaker manager Micky Mellon: "I've been friends for life with David (Flitcroft) and I know what it's like to be sacked. It was a tough night last Saturday but it was done very professionally.

"We knew we had to be really professional at Brighton and the key was that I wanted us to keep the ball.

"I was delighted with both the goals and a lot of the time we were in total control. We were determined to pass it and be brave and we achieved that."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 08 Crofts
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (Buckley - 45' )
  • 09 Barnes (Lita - 82' )
  • 21 D. López (Agustien - 65' )
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Agustien
  • 14 Calderón
  • 30 Buckley
  • 38 Ince
  • 44 Lita

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland
  • 14 Wiseman Booked
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 11 Perkins Booked
  • 03 Ramage Booked
  • 06 Cranie
  • 42 McCourt (Dawson - 75' )
  • 23 Etuhu (Scotland - 92' Booked )
  • 50 Tudgay
  • 19 Cywka
  • 21 Mellis Booked (O'Brien - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 08 Dawson
  • 09 Scotland
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 30 Dibble
  • 34 Fox
Ref: James Linington
Att: 25,759

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

6 3

Corners

6 2

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Barnsley 2.

90:00 +7:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Barnsley 2.

90:00 +4:54

Attempt missed. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +4:28 Booking

Booking Jason Scotland (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +4:13

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +4:13

Foul by Jason Scotland (Barnsley).

90:00 +3:27

Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:27

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

90:00 +2:57

Foul by Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:57

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:14

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:39

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

90:00 +1:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Kelvin Etuhu because of an injury.

87:10

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

86:34

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Bruno.

85:48

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Leroy Lita is caught offside.

85:05

Attempt blocked. Leroy Lita (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

81:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leroy Lita replaces Ashley Barnes.

81:16 Booking

Booking Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:39

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:39

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Barnsley).

79:43

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:43

Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:04

Foul by Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:04

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:31

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:15

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:15

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jim O'Brien replaces Jacob Mellis because of an injury.

77:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:41

Delay in match Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) because of an injury.

76:04

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kemy Agustien.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Stephen Dawson replaces Patrick McCourt.

71:10

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:10

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

70:33

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:52

Delay in match (Barnsley).

66:14

Foul by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

66:14

Kemy Agustien (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:06

Attempt saved. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kemy Agustien.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces David López.

63:43

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

62:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Barnsley 2. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

62:26

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jack Butland.

62:24

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

61:16

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

59:52

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

59:42 Booking

Booking Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

59:23

Attempt missed. Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

58:02

Attempt saved. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

57:40

Attempt saved. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka with a cross.

57:28

Attempt blocked. Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

56:52

Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:52

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

56:07

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

53:03

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

52:20 Booking

Booking David Perkins (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:13

Foul by David Perkins (Barnsley).

52:13

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Barnsley 2. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marcus Tudgay with a through ball.

47:06

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Stephen Ward is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Barnsley 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. William Buckley replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Barnsley 1.

43:58

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey tries a through ball, but Stephen Ward is caught offside.

43:08

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by David Perkins.

40:57

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kelvin Etuhu.

39:31

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Andrew Crofts is caught offside.

34:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Barnsley 1. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Tudgay.

33:06

David Perkins (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:06

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

32:37

Attempt missed. Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy.

30:35

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

29:48 Booking

Booking Peter Ramage (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:35

Foul by Peter Ramage (Barnsley).

29:35

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:48

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Mellis.

25:24

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Bruno.

24:39

Attempt blocked. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

21:29

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

21:29

Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:28

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

14:40

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

11:14

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:14

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

8:35

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

8:35

Marcus Tudgay (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:27

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

2:23

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:34

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:34

Foul by David Perkins (Barnsley).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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