Referee Lee Probert rescued Barnsley by handing them a controversial penalty in a 1-1 draw at home to Yeovil Town which keeps them bottom of the Championship.
Probert pointed to the spot on 32 minutes after Tomasz Cywka flung himself to the floor after slight contact from Byron Webster. Marcus Tudgay smashed in the penalty with his first goal of his second spell at Oakwell.
Yeovil took the lead on ten minutes when a dreadful mix-up between goalkeeper Jack Butland and defender Peter Ramage let Joel Grant lift the ball into the net. The visitors could have gone further ahead and were by the far the better team with a host of chances in each half.
Ishmael Miller had a goal ruled out for handball and missed several fine opportunities as did James Hayter and Grant while Joe Edwards hit the inside of the post at 1-0.
Jean Yves M'voto came on for the Reds and almost levelled with a header from Tom Kennedy's cross but Chris Dunn made a superb save.
It was a very poor performance from Barnsley and speculation is now mounting over the future of caretaker boss Micky Mellon with some crucial matches coming up in a short space of time over the Christmas period.