Barnsley boosted their Championship survival hopes with an emphatic win at relegation rivals Yeovil.

Chris O'Grady lobbed Marek Stech before Liam Lawrence fired in from long range to give the Tykes a two-goal lead.

Yeovil's Luke Ayling rifled Jamie McAllister's cross into the net to give their fans hope with 20 minutes left.

Relegation form for Yeovil

Yeovil have won just three of their 16 league matches in 2014 and are winless in their last six

But another O'Grady goal and a Dale Jennings strike saw the Tykes leapfrog their hosts and secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Both sides remain in the bottom three but Danny Wilson's Barnsley side drew level on points with fourth-bottom Charlton, beaten 3-0 by Derby.

Looking to build on Tuesday's impressive 3-1 win at Reading, the visitors were quicker to settle and threatened the Yeovil goal for the first time when O'Grady's effort was blocked.

The hosts, who had lost only one of their last six matches, woke up when Joe Ralls's teasing free-kick narrowly eluded Shane Duffy, but it was Wilson's men who dictated proceedings during a poor opening period.

The introduction of Reuben Noble-Lazarus in place of the injured Marcus Pedersen gave the visitors more potency in the final third but it took until after the interval to make the breakthrough.

Eight minutes into the second half, O'Grady pounced on a weak defensive header by Byron Webster to coolly lob the ball over the on-rushing Stech.

The Somerset side's day took a turn for the worse shortly after the hour when former Sunderland midfielder Lawrence weaved his way past a couple of tackles before lashing an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner of the net.

Vital goals in relegation battle

On 13 league goals, Barnsley's Chris O'Grady is the highest scoring player from sides in the bottom half of the Championship

Yeovil responded through defender Ayling to make it 2-1 but the hosts paid the price for a drab display when O'Grady took the ball around Stech to add his second, before Jennings prompted a mass exodus by rattling home Barnsley's fourth.

Barnsley assistant manager Chris Hutchings: "It was an even first half but the boys are playing with confidence and they have to take that into the remaining games.

"All we can do is take care of our own results and make sure we go into every game with the same positive attitude and come out with three points.

"I think you've seen today and on Tuesday that we're up for this battle."

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson: "It was a poor performance. Barnsley turned up and looked stronger, quicker and cleverer in every department.

"Their first goal was a poor one and our boys didn't seem to put any part of Yeovil's game together. It was like a group of lads off the street that we put together, threw them out there and asked them to play.

"It's very disappointing and it's probably our worst all-round performance. Every game you lose it looks more difficult, but until it's mathematically not possible we'll keep going, but if we play like that then we'll be bottom by a million miles."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Yeovil Town

  • 01 Stech
  • 02 Ayling
  • 03 McAllister
  • 04 Edwards
  • 05 Webster
  • 15 Duffy Booked
  • 07 Dawson (Davis - 63' )
  • 19 Ralls
  • 13 Moore (Hayter - 59' )
  • 27 Miller
  • 11 Lawrence (Morgan - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Hayter
  • 14 Hoskins
  • 18 Lanzoni
  • 21 Davis
  • 24 Dunn
  • 26 Ofori-Twumasi
  • 29 Morgan

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 08 Dawson
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 05 Nyatanga
  • 19 Cywka
  • 14 Lawrence (Frimpong - 94' )
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 20 Pedersen (Woods - 24' )
  • 16 Jennings Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 09 Proschwitz
  • 11 Woods
  • 15 Frimpong
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus (Woods - 83' )
  • 27 McLaughlin
  • 31 Turner
Ref: Roger East
Att: 6,579

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

4 6

Corners

7 3

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Yeovil Town 1, Barnsley 4.

90:00 +4:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 1, Barnsley 4.

90:00 +3:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Emmanuel Frimpong replaces Liam Lawrence.

90:00 +1:27

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley).

90:00 +1:27

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

90:00 +0:20

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:49

Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Liam Davis.

89:01

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

89:01

Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

87:55

Attempt missed. Martin Woods (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

87:23

Attempt missed. Tomasz Cywka (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

85:11

Attempt saved. Adam Morgan (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Davis with a cross.

84:13

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

84:13

Adam Morgan (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Adam Morgan replaces Tom Lawrence.

82:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Martin Woods replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

81:28

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

80:56

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

79:36

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:36

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

77:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 1, Barnsley 4. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

76:54

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Liam Lawrence.

75:08

Foul by Lewin Nyatanga (Barnsley).

75:08

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 1, Barnsley 3. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

73:08

Attempt blocked. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

71:15 Booking

Booking Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:57

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

70:57

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

70:28

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

70:28

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 1, Barnsley 2. Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross.

67:10

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Thomas Kennedy.

66:56

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

64:45

Attempt missed. James Hayter (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie McAllister with a cross.

63:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Barnsley 2. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

62:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Liam Davis replaces Kevin Dawson.

62:13

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

62:13

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

61:33

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

61:33

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

60:40

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

60:40

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

60:04

Attempt saved. Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

58:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Kieffer Moore.

57:42

Dale Jennings (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:42

Foul by Byron Webster (Yeovil Town).

54:52 Booking

Booking Dale Jennings (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

52:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Barnsley 1. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

51:52

Offside, Barnsley. Tomasz Cywka tries a through ball, but Reuben Noble-Lazarus is caught offside.

51:28

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

51:28

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:23

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Barnsley).

49:23

Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:19

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

48:00

Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:00

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

46:09

Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

45:51

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

45:00

Second Half begins Yeovil Town 0, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Barnsley 0.

44:55

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

44:55

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:07

Delay in match Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

41:27

Foul by Dale Jennings (Barnsley).

41:27

Luke Ayling (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:29

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:29

Foul by Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town).

38:53

Attempt saved. Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

38:14

Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:14

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

36:40

Hand ball by Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town).

36:00

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Luke Steele.

35:54

Attempt saved. Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

34:56

Foul by Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley).

34:56

Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:03

Offside, Barnsley. Stephen Dawson tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

34:02

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Jennings.

31:21

Stephen Dawson (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:21

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

30:17

Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

29:27

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

29:12

Attempt blocked. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a headed pass.

26:53

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

26:53

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

25:25

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

25:25

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town).

23:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Marcus Pedersen.

23:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:55

Delay in match Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) because of an injury.

20:27

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kelvin Etuhu with a cross.

20:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:18

Delay in match Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) because of an injury.

17:26

Hand ball by Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town).

16:45

Attempt blocked. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

15:35

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieffer Moore with a headed pass.

10:56

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.

10:22

Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:22

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

9:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:02

Delay in match Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley) because of an injury.

8:37

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

7:21

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

7:10

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewin Nyatanga.

6:20

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

6:20

Liam Lawrence (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:58

Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:58

Foul by Liam Lawrence (Barnsley).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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