Hill finds defeat hard to stomach
Barnsley manager Keith Hill admitted the best course for his team after the 5-1 drubbing at Brighton was to take their medicine and move on.
Brighton were 2-0 up after only 14 minutes with goals from Ashley Barnes and former England defender Wayne Bridge, with Barnsley keeper David Gonzalez at fault on both occasions.
Barnsley pulled a goal back with a 36th-minute penalty from Craig Davies after Andrew Crofts fouled Jacob Mellis, but Craig Mackail-Smith got the final touch from a Barnes shot a minute later.
Record signing Mackail-Smith struck again four minutes after the break with a close-range header and Barnes completed the rout nine minutes from time by drilling in a cross by substitute Kazenga LuaLua at the near post.
Hill confessed: "We had 12 players out but I have no excuses whatsoever. It was inept and I include myself in that. The opposition were excellent and it could have been up to 10-1. There was not too much I could say to the players as it was disappointing they did not accept the challenge before the game. We were up against two very good wingers but Brighton also had Bruno and Bridge, so it was like we were facing four wingers.
"But we can't change it. Sometimes you have to stomach it and move on. Hopefully we will learn and grow stronger."