Match ends, Preston North End 2, Barnsley 1.
Preston North End's new boss Ryan Lowe started his reign with three points as his side beat Barnsley in the Championship.
Alan Browne's close-range strike opened the scoring for the Lilywhites, before Cauley Woodrow levelled the match with a header.
Daniel Johnson's neat finish restored the lead to delight the home crowd at Deepdale.
Victory saw Preston move up to 14th in the table, while Barnsley remain next to bottom, eight points from safety, and without a win since Poya Asbaghi took over as head coach.
Lowe's players looked keen to impress their manager from the start as striker Emil Riis Jakobsen fired in a dangerous effort from the edge of the box which drifted narrowly wide.
The Tykes replied with a great chance of their own as Carlton Morris' header struck the crossbar from Woodrow's excellent cross.
Preston's Andrew Hughes and Sean Maguire then sent headers wide in quick succession, before team-mate Ben Whiteman saw his shot bounce into the ground and off target.
Barnsley pressed well after the break, with winger Clarke Oduor's shot saved when through on goal, and Woodrow's curling strike going wide.
Both sides were pushing for a winner and when Johnson supplied Browne from a Preston break, the Irishman burst forward with determination, and tucked the ball past keeper Brad Collins.
Eight minutes later, Woodrow nodded in from six yards to bring Barnsley level when he was first to react following Callum Brittain's volley.
It was Preston, though, who had the final word when Ryan Ledson rolled the ball into the area following a free-kick and Johnson was there to slot in.
Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe told BBC Radio Lancashire:
"I thought the performance was fantastic, the way we played.
"It's always tough when a new manager comes into the building. The style of how I want to play, the lads have bought into straight away.
"We have shown them lots of clips over the past few days of how we go about our business.
"We could have done better in certain areas. I thought we defended fantastic, the counter-press was unbelievable."
Barnsley head coach Poya Asbaghi told BBC Radio Sheffield:
"Even though we had a good start, we hit the crossbar, I think Preston made their way into the game.
"We got back in and created chances as well so coming into half-time, we knew that if we could improve things, we could win this game.
"We conceded a goal - still early - but our reaction from that was still brilliant.
"Them getting the free-kick and using that in a good way was a massive blow for us."
- 2van den Berg
- 13McCannSubstituted forLedsonat 69'minutes
- 11JohnsonSubstituted forPottsat 90'minutes
- 24MaguireSubstituted forSinclairat 70'minutes
- 19Riis Jakobsen
- 6AndersenBooked at 77mins
- 4StylesSubstituted forBensonat 84'minutes
- 22OduorSubstituted forLeya Isekaat 76'minutes
- 9WoodrowBooked at 27minsSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 84'minutes
- 11Leya Iseka
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Barnsley 1.
Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Claudio Gomes.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michal Helik.
Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Preston North End. Brad Potts replaces Daniel Johnson.
Offside, Preston North End. Scott Sinclair tries a through ball, but Joshua Earl is caught offside.
Substitution, Barnsley. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Cauley Woodrow.
Substitution, Barnsley. Josh Benson replaces Callum Styles.
Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Bradley Collins.
Attempt saved. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.
Goal! Preston North End 2, Barnsley 1. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Ledson following a set piece situation.
Mads Andersen (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Scott Sinclair (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mads Andersen (Barnsley).
Substitution, Barnsley. Aaron Leya Iseka replaces Clarke Oduor.
Attempt blocked. Carlton Morris (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.
Attempt saved. Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emil Riis Jakobsen.
Offside, Preston North End. Patrick Bauer tries a through ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.
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Will take a bit of time for Lowe to implement his style, but hopefully with time we can see further improvements.
DJ easily the Man of the Match.
This is the first time in many months we have not had a horror of a referee!
Glad it was Barnsley today anyone else and we would have been beaten