What the press made of the defeat to The Tykes
Crewe Alex's hopes of avoiding relegation were dealt a devastating blow when in-form Barnsley came away with the points from Gresty Road on Saturday.
The Alex had hopes of a morale-boosting win when they took a 1-0 lead into the interval thanks to Jon Guthrie's first senior goal.
But a poor second-half performance saw strikes from Sam Winnall and Alfie Mawson take it away for the visitors, who made it nine wins in 11.
And with wins for fellow strugglers Chesterfield and Fleetwood, as well as points for Oldham, Shrewsbury and Colchester, Crewe's plight looks bleaker than ever.
The Alex survived a couple of early scares but slowly grew into the game and broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark when a well-worked training ground free-kick routine saw James Jones’s delivery eventually bundled home by Guthrie.
But that was cancelled out soon after the restart when a Barnsley corner was forced over the line by Winnall in similar circumstances.
And the Alex didn't really respond. Mawson's free-kick winner was excellent but Crewe offered very little in attack, and only keeper Ben Garratt prevented more Tykes goals.
CREWE'S hopes of staying in League One were dealt another devastating blow as they were beaten 2-1 by Barnsley at Gresty Road.
Second half goals from Sam Winnall and an Alfie Mawson free-kick saw the visitors make it nine league wins in 11 games and condemn the Alex to their 17th defeat of the season.
Things had looked bright as half-time, as Jon Guthrie's first half strike, his first in professional football, had given them a 32nd minute lead, as they edged the opening 45 minutes.
However, they rarely threatened after the break, conceding just eight minutes after the re-start, before Mawson won it in the 67th minute.
With wins for two of the teams around them, it was a desperately disappointing defeat for Steve Davis's side, whose League One position is looking increasingly perilous.
Barnsley fought back in the second half to register a 2-1 win at struggling Crewe Alexandra.
The Reds had trailed at the break but second half strikes from Sam Winnall and Alfie Mawson ensured their good form continued in Cheshire.