IN over a decade of visiting Oakwell, I have never seen Town bring anything away.
And so it remains.
Town were humiliated in a first half where Barnsley swept past the the defence with ease.
The Reds took control of the game and manipulated their dominant possession into a three-goal half-time lead.
Barnsley attacked with a vengeance, creating several clear-cut opportunities before taking control of the game through ex-Town target Michael Chopra.
Barnsley displayed a clinical answer to Town's defensive inadequacies, and dominated the first half.
In a lively derby, Town were asleep for the first half and rarely held possession or broke forward.
With Abbott and Beckett receiving no real service, Barnsley broke well and fashioned numerous chances.
As Jacko and the team left the pitch, the stand voiced their anger. The cries for Fowler had been coming for weeks, and after Jon Worthington had wasted a good chance, Town finally replied through Abbott.
Beckett rounded Turnbull only to be brought down, a red card followed, and Abbott clawed one back from the spot.
Andy Booth, who came on for Holdsworth, was involved in most of the Town attacks, and scored the second.
The three-pronged forward line interlinked well to create a hatful of chances. Colgan saved a point-blank effort from Beckett and Abbott hit the bar as numerous other chances came.
It seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser arrived, until the referee awarded a harsh penalty for Paul Rachubka's push on Chopra.
An inability to defend to the standard required in League I has seemingly ruined any play-off hope. On numerous occasions, a more resilient defending display would have resulted in victories rather than draws or defeats.
At least the second-half display suggested Beckett could add the striking instinct Town have needed for weeks.