Southend were unable to make their man advantage count as the 10-men of Barnsley won 3-0 at Roots Hall with goals from Cameron McGeehan, Cauley Woodrow and Jordan Green...
In a quiet opening to the game, Barnsley had the better of the chances, but the game was swung in Blues’ favour when Jacob Brown was shown a straight red card for a foul on Sam Mantom.
Despite the man disadvantage, Barnsley came out firing after the interval and took the lead when McGeehan fizzed a half-volley in at the near post to open the scoring.
Southend’s attacking play quickened as they went in search of an equaliser, but the Tykes would double their lead when Michael Klass lost the ball allowing Woodrow to fire in a second.
Blues had no answer to Daniel Stendel’s side who made it 3-0 in stoppage time as Barnsley broke forward, with McGeehan's shot initially saved before Jordan Green tapped in the rebound.
The victory increased Barnsley's unbeaten run to 15-games in the league as they go in search of an immediate return to the Championship, while Southend are without a win in their last seven ahead of next weekend’s trip to Blackpool.