Match ends, Rochdale 3, Barnsley 0.
Ian Henderson marked his 400th career appearance with a goal as Rochdale brushed aside Barnsley at Spotland.
Calvin Andrew got Dale going with a powerful, driven effort from the edge of the box in the opening 10 minutes.
Peter Vincenti's downward header doubled the lead shortly after the half hour before Henderson's clever dink over Adam Davies made it 3-0.
Barnsley, who took Premier League side Everton to extra-time in the Capital One Cup in midweek, rarely threatened.
Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I'm pleased. I was pleased with our approach coming into the game.
"It's difficult as a manager because you can't get carried away. You're only ever three games away from the sack but I'm pleased with the progress we've made from last season.
"I'm relatively pleased with the team performance and, when it comes down to individual performances, everyone takes credit."
- 33KennedyBooked at 27mins
- 7VincentiSubstituted forBunneyat 75'minutes
- 12McDermottSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 84'minutes
- 5NyatangaSubstituted forSmithat 66'minutes
- 20RothwellSubstituted forCrowleyat 45'minutes
- 8HourihaneBooked at 5mins
- 27K Harris
- 18WilkinsonSubstituted forWinnallat 45'minutes
- Gary Sutton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Barnsley 0.
Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Donal McDermott.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Adam Davies.
Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).
Reece Wabara (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Donal McDermott (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Reece Wabara (Barnsley).
Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Peter Vincenti.
Attempt missed. Ben Pearson (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Josh Lillis.
Attempt saved. Ben Pearson (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Marley Watkins (Barnsley).
Attempt blocked. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Reece Wabara (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).
Kadeem Harris (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Barnsley. George Smith replaces Lewin Nyatanga.
Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.