Jon Macken struck twice and Darren Moore added a third, all before half-time, to heap more pressure on the beleaguered Addicks boss.

Skipper Mark Hudson pulled one back late on, but a Charlton side expected to challenge for promotion now lie in the bottom three after a desperate performance.

"We came down here with a gameplan and it worked perfectly," said Tykes boss Simon Davey.

"To go in 3-0 up at half-time was fantastic. We were comfortable for most of the game and our first half performance was magnificent.

"We've never won at Charlton before so to come here and get a win is fantastic for the club and shows the progress we have made."

"Jon Macken was different class. He led the line well, got his two goals and was a thorn in their side all game."

Pardew cut a forlorn figure on the touchline as the rain pelted down and his team, drained of any confidence and lacking in spirit, were given the runaround by a Barnsley side who kicked off one place below them.

The Tykes arrived in south-east London having taken 10 points from their last five games, and made it back-to-back away wins without breaking sweat.

They flew out of the blocks to take the lead with just two minutes on the clock.

Iain Hume's free-kick was cleared only as far as Macken, who was lurking on the edge of the area and drilled a low shot past Nicky Weaver and into the net.

Charlton have won just one of their last nine games and their anxiety was illustrated when Lloyd Sam got on the end of Luke Varney's header just eight yards out, only to lash his shot high and wide.

And in the 16th minute the Addicks found themselves two behind to Macken's third goal in two games.

Weaver got down well to keep out Anderson de Silva's shot but could only palm the ball to Macken, who followed up quickest to tuck away the rebound.

Andy Gray, back in the Charlton side after being dropped for the last two games, should have at least hit the target when the ball fell to him just inside the area, but the striker shot wastefully wide.

And a chorus of 'Pardew out' rang around The Valley six minutes before half-time when Moore rose highest in a crowded penalty area to head Robert Kozluk's free-kick past Weaver.

Hume could have added a fourth after the break but Weaver spread himself and kept out his angled drive.

Centre-half Hudson notched a consolation when he headed home Grant Basey's corner 15 minutes from the end.

Varney and Gray went close to a second as the clock ticked down but the deflated hosts could not muster a comeback and slumped to their fourth home defeat of a miserable season.
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