Barnsley squandered the opportunity to revive their ailing hopes of avoiding relegation as they drew from a winning position at Swansea City.
The visitors missed several first-half chances before Claudio Gomes gave them a deserved lead after the break.
Just seconds after Swansea defender Joel Latibeaudiere hit his own post, Olivier Ntcham equalized for the hosts with a superb curling strike.
Matthew Wolfe and Cauley Woodrow missed further chances for Barnsley late on.
With Reading winning at Sheffield United, Barnsley are now 10 points adrift of safety in the Championship with only five matches to play this season.
Swansea remain 14th. If there was still the faintest notion of reaching the play-offs, those aspirations are now all but done.
Peterborough United’s win over Blackburn Rovers means Barnsley are now second from bottom of the table, and one of the reasons for their lowly position has been their dire form on the road.
They came into this match with the worst away record in the Championship, a tally of seven points including only one victory.
However, for much of this encounter, Poya Asbaghi’s side looked like claiming a rare triumph away from Oakwell and they started well at the Swansea.com Stadium, with Domingos Quina at the heart of every attack.
The Portuguese on loan from Watford had a free-kick tipped over by Andy Fisher, before forcing the Swans’ keeper into an another save with a powerful low drive.
Swansea enjoyed their usual long spells of possession but did little with them and were fortunately not to concede in the first half as Barnsley’s chances continued to pile up, Morris volleying wide from Callum Brittain’s cross and the unmarked Liam Kitching heading wide from a corner.
By contrast, the Swans produced few efforts of note, apart from Joel Piroe’s in the first minute and Matt Grimes’ long-range short in the 40th minute – both saved by Jack Walton.
Having wasted several first-half opportunities, Barnsley capitalized on their first in the second period. Amine Bassi’s pass found Gomes, who steadied himself and drilled a low finish into the far corner.
Passionate celebrations from players and fans suggested Barnsley believed this was a significant goal in their pray to stage an improbable escape act from the bottom three – but those hopes were dealt a severe blow in a dramatic few seconds.
Swansea defender Latibeaudiere almost extended the visitors’ lead as he mishit his clearance on to the post and, following a swift break from the hosts, substitute Ntcham brought them level as he ran on to Cyrus Christie’s pass on the edge of the penalty area and connected with a sweet first-time shot which arced over Walton and into the net.
Wolfe missed a glorious opportunity moments later as he blazed over from Quina’s cross, and then a stretching Woodrow could only volley over.
Although Swansea did not have as much to play for, they too pushed for a winner and were close to compounding Barnsley’s misery with the final act of the match but Piroe missed the target with his free header.
- 22latibeaudiereSubstituted forManningat 65′minutes
- 6FultonSubstituted forntchamat 57′minutes
- 8GrimesBooked at 90mins
- 12patersonSubstituted forconventionat 90′minutes
- 21palmerBooked at 29minsSubstituted forStylesat 69′minutes
- 33WolfeBooked at 16minsSubstituted forWoodrowat 74′minutes
- 14MorrisBooked at 78mins
- 11Leya Iseka
- Andy Woolmer
Match ends, Swansea City 1, Barnsley 1.
Second Half Ends, Swansea City 1, Barnsley 1.
Attempt missed. Joël Piroe (Swansea City) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Mads Andersen.
Attempt blocked. Matt Grimes (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham.
Matt Grimes (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Matt Grimes (Swansea City).
Amine Bassi (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Mads Andersen (Barnsley) header from the center of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Callum Styles with a cross following a corner.
Substitution, Swansea City. Cameron Congreve replaces Jamie Paterson.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Ryan Manning.
Attempt blocked. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Domingos Quina.
Attempt missed. Amine Bassi (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Domingos Quina.
Foul by Hannes Wolf (Swansea City).
Callum Styles (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Hannes Wolf (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Piroe.
Offside, Barnsley. Remy Vita tries a through ball, but Amine Bassi is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the center of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Amine Bassi.
Foul by Joel Piroe (Swansea City).
Domingos Quina (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.