Leeds go down at home...
UNITED 1 (McCormack 55), BARNSLEY 2 (Vaz Te 27, Davies 41)
United: McCarthy, Connolly, Lees, Kisnorbo, White, Snodgrass, Howson, Clayton, Sam (Nunez 57), McCormack (Pugh 74), Becchio (Keogh 68). Subs: Taylor, Bromby.
Barnsley: Steele, Foster, McEveley, Hassell, McNulty, Done (Wiseman 90), O'Brien, Perkins, Butterfield, Vaz Te (Drinkwater 64), Davies (Ranger 64). Subs: Wiseman, Preece, Haynes.
Referee: G Salisbury
Booked: White, McCormack, Howson (Leeds), McEveley , O'Brien, Perkins (Barnsley)
Listen to live commentary on LUTV and/or follow live stats, scores, and tables via our Matchday Console...
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson made two changes his starting line-up for the visit of Barnsley with Tom Lees replacing the suspended Darren O'Dea and Luciano Becchio coming in for Andy Keogh. Danny Pugh returned to the bench along with new signing Maik Taylor.
United went into the game on the back of successive away wins at Leicester and Burnley and it was a decent enough start against Barnsley in terms of early possession.
Persistent rain throughout the day and a strong wind combined to make conditions difficult and, while it wasn't the prettiest of openings, United were pressing and closing down well during the early exchanges.
The conditions contributed to United's first booking of the afternoon when Aidy White received a yellow after slipping while cutting into the box.
But it was the visitors who took the lead on 27 minutes when Ricardo Vaz Te appeared to mis-hit a shot from close range after a cross from the Barnsley right, and the ball looped over Alex McCarthy and into the net. Once again, the conditions played a part with a slip proving crucial in the build-up as Barnsley managed to work the ball into a crossing position.
United did threaten shortly after the half-hour when both Lees and Paddy Kisnorbo had shots blocked after Barnsley failed to clear their lines.
But the visitors doubled their advantage shortly before half-time when after McCarthy beat away an initial shot, Craig Davies pounced to convert the rebound from close range.
Moments before the interval, Robert Snodgrass did send a shot over the bar for Leeds, but the whistle couldn't come soon enough after a frustrating opening period.
It was important that United started the second half well and Ross McCormack went close within the opening five minutes as Leeds looked to get a foothold back in the game.
That foothold came on 55 minutes when United were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and McCormack scored with a superb strike. It was a delightful curling effort that left Luke Steele with no chance.
With one goal in the bag, United continued to enjoy the better of possession, but Barnsley were in self preservation mode and were getting men behind the ball to frustrate Leeds.
United had a couple of penalty shouts for possible handballs, but the visitors were doing their best to stifle Leeds in the final third as the game headed into the final quarter-hour.
Barnsley almost fashioned out a third goal on 77 minutes when Jim O'Brien put in an excellent ball, but Nile Ranger couldn't make the decisive touch.
McCarthy was also called upon to make a vital save with ten minutes remaining when he beat away a shot from distance.
When United pressed, Steele had to save well when David Perkins headed a cross towards the top corner of his own goal.
The Barnsley man's next involvement was to foul Adam Clayton on the edge of the box, and received a second yellow card with just two minutes remaining.
McCormack's subsequent free-kick was deflected wide and the visitors hacked away the corner as Leeds pressed valiantly for a late leveller.
Steele was called upon in the third minute of stoppage time to block an effort from Nunez after some great build-up play by Leeds.
And that proved to be the last meaningful action of a game that saw Barnsley emerge 2-1 winners.