Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick as Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 5-0 win over a Barnsley side that worked hard and were well supported but were eventually totally outclassed.
Tevez opened the scoring on ten minutes with a simple tap in after Luke Steele tipped David Silva's shot onto the post. Tevez then set up Aleksandar Kolarov to make it 2-0 with a fine finish after Davd Perkins was dispossed by Edin Dzeko.
It was 3-0 on 30 minutes when Tevez netted from close range following a lovely backheel by Silva after some slack Barnsley defending. The hat-trick was completed four minutes into the second half when Tevez fired in following a great run by Samir Nasri.
Reds boss David Flitcroft then made a triple substitution with Jacob Mellis, Jim O'Brien and Jason Scotland coming on for Chris Dagnall, Kelvin Etuhu and Tomasz Cywka.
Silva made it 5-0 on 66 minutes after exchanging passes with Tevez and forcing Steele into a good save before netting the rebound.
Barnsley did not manage a shot on goal for the first hour but Mellis forced Costel Pantilimon into a good stop then the Romanian goalkeeper denied Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe when he was clean through on goal.
James Milner hit the post late on for City who were far too good for Barnsley who were cheered on by more than 6,000 fans. The Reds slipped to the bottom of the Championship because Bristol City won and Peterborough drew.