Luke Steele's trip on Peter Lovenkrands was the turning point
Newcastle took advantage of the first red card of Luke Steele's career to hit 10-man Barnsley for six.
Steele saw red a minute before half-time for a trip on Peter Lovenkrands, who converted the spot-kick before then heading home Andy Carroll's cross.
Lovenkrands teed up Danny Guthrie to smash home from 25 yards and Jonas Gutierrez hit a superb fourth.
Guthrie's free-kick flew straight in and Kevin Nolan bagged a sixth before Daniel Bogdanovic pulled one back.
Carroll had gone close to breaking the deadlock when he headed inches wide after Jose Enrique and Fabrice Pancrate combined superbly down the left.
But there was little doubt that the game reached its pivotal point when Steele was dismissed for bringing down Lovenkrands in the box.
The Dane sent substitute keeper David Preece the wrong way from the spot to give his side the lead and Lovenkrands collected his second within three minutes of the restart when Tykes skipper Stephen Foster allowed Carroll to cross for his strike partner, who finished expertly with his head.
It was Lovenkrands' 12th goal of the season, with all of those having come at St James' Park.
Two minutes later Guthrie's effort from 22 yards was deflected past Preece and, from that moment on, the only issue was just how wide the margin of victory would be.
Gutierrez produced a mazy run and stunning finish off the underside of the bar to put the Magpies 4-0 ahead and celebrated by donning a Spiderman mask in front of a delighted crowd of 44,464 at St James' Park.
Four became five with 69 minutes gone when Guthrie's free-kick ended up in the back of the net with Carroll desperately claiming he had got a touch, and skipper Nolan rounded Preece to add a sixth two minutes later.
It might have been even worse for the visitors, but Lovenkrands was denied a hat-trick when his 74th-minute header came back off the inside of the post, and Pancrate passed up a glorious opportunity four minutes later.
Substitute Bogdanovic pulled one back for the visitors after a mix-up between Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson, but the home side might have increased their tally to embarrassing proportions as time ran down.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton on Jonas Gutierrez:
"It was a wonderful goal. For us, the most important thing is his overall contribution and we can't fault that.
"He was excellent, a player playing with real confidence.
"As a player, I think the most important thing is if he keeps giving us contributions like that, we will certainly be happy with that."
Barnsley boss Mark Robins: "The disappointment was the sending-off, because that was the pivotal moment in the game.
"It's dubious whether there was any contact made, but I am told by the referee now that the rule is that it's a trip or an attempt to trip in the penalty area, so I don't know.
"The goalkeeper tells me he didn't make any contact and Peter Lovenkrands confirmed that after the game. He never touched him, but he had to go down."
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Saturday, 6 March 2010
Lovenkrands (pen) 44
03 Jose Enrique (Kadar 33)
04 Nolan (Taylor 73)
24 Carroll (Best 72)
01 Steele red card
08 Filipe Teixeira
14 Hallfredsson (Macken 63)
15 De Silva (Preece 42)
27 Gray (Bogdanovic 63)
Ref: HegleyAtt: 44,464
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+2:12 The referee brings the game to a close.
89:18 The ball is crossed by Fabrice Pancrate, Close range effort by Ryan Taylor goes wide of the right-hand upright.
88:27 Jonathan Macken is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
84:33 The referee blows for offside against Filipe Teixeira. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
83:44 The ball is swung over by Peter Lovenkrands, Nathan Doyle manages to make a clearance.
82:14 GOAL - Daniel Bogdanovic:Newcastle 6 - 1 Barnsley Daniel Bogdanovic finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Newcastle
77:07 Effort on goal by Fabrice Pancrate from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
76:18 The offside flag is raised against Peter Lovenkrands. Indirect free kick taken by David Preece.
76:02 Danny Guthrie produces a cross, Stephen Foster makes a clearance.
75:41 Leon Best sends in a cross.
74:27 Daniel Bogdanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
73:45 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Header from close range by Peter Lovenkrands bounces off the post.
72:55 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Bogdanovic. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
71:44 Substitution Ryan Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Nolan.
71:44 Substitution Andrew Carroll goes off and Leon Best comes on.
70:41 Andrew Carroll provided the assist for the goal.
70:41 GOAL - Kevin Nolan:Newcastle 6 - 0 Barnsley Goal scored by Kevin Nolan from close range low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 6-0 Barnsley.
68:05 GOAL - Danny Guthrie:Newcastle 5 - 0 Barnsley Danny Guthrie scores agoal from 35 yards to to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 5-0 Barnsley.
67:44 Unfair challenge on Tamas Kadar by Bobby Hassell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie,
66:16 Mike Williamson challenges Nathan Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick.
65:22 Nathan Doyle challenges Danny Guthrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Danny
Guthrie, save made by David Preece.
64:29 Centre by Fabrice Pancrate, clearance made by Stephen Foster.
62:26 Substitution Jonathan Macken comes on in place of Emil Hallfredsson.
62:26 Substitution Daniel Bogdanovic comes on in place of Andy Gray.
62:26 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.
59:09 GOAL - Jonas Gutierrez:Newcastle 4 - 0 Barnsley A goal is scored by Jonas Gutierrez from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Newcastle 4-0
56:51 Danny Guthrie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
56:09 Danny Guthrie takes the inswinging corner, Nathan Doyle manages to make a clearance.
54:53 A cross is delivered by Fabrice Pancrate, clearance by Stephen Foster. Effort from deep inside the area by Kevin Nolan misses
to the right of the goal.
54:08 Filipe Teixeira concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Guthrie. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
49:48 Assist by Peter Lovenkrands.
49:48 GOAL - Danny Guthrie:Newcastle 3 - 0 Barnsley Danny Guthrie finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 3-0 Barnsley.
47:28 The assist for the goal came from Andrew Carroll.
47:28 GOAL - Peter Lovenkrands:Newcastle 2 - 0 Barnsley Peter Lovenkrands finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Newcastle 2-0 Barnsley.
47:24 Andrew Carroll delivers the ball,
46:42 A cross is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Ryan Shotton manages to make a clearance.
45:15 Kevin Nolan is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+2:47 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+1:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle by Mike Williamson. Hugo Colace fires a strike on goal direct from
the free kick, Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
45:00+1:39 Foul by Tamas Kadar on Filipe Teixeira, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Filipe Teixeira.
45:00+0:08 Peter Lovenkrands is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Preece takes the indirect free kick.
43:26 GOAL - Peter Lovenkrands:Newcastle 1 - 0 Barnsley Penalty scored by Peter Lovenkrands. Newcastle 1-0 Barnsley.
41:19 Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with David Preece coming on for Anderson De Silva.
41:19 Sent off Red card for Luke Steele.
40:58 Foul by Luke Steele on Peter Lovenkrands, Penalty awarded.
37:40 The ball is delivered by Fabrice Pancrate, clearance made by Bobby Hassell. Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner from the
left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Hugo Colace.
35:45 Filipe Teixeira concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Tamas Kadar.
34:47 Unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Anderson De Silva results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
33:47 Foul by Fabrice Pancrate on Anderson De Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.
30:43 Substitution Sanchez Jose Enrique goes off and Tamas Kadar comes on.
30:43 Unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Anderson De Silva results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
30:07 Centre by Fabrice Pancrate, Close range headed effort by Andrew Carroll goes wide of the left-hand upright.
28:03 Fabrice Pancrate challenges Filipe Teixeira unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Foster restarts play with the free
27:02 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
24:16 Corner taken left-footed by Emil Hallfredsson from the right by-line to the near post, Ryan Shotton produces a header from
deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
23:01 Danny Guthrie fouled by Filipe Teixeira, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
20:56 Anderson De Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
20:20 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
19:16 Emil Hallfredsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Pancrate. Danny Simpson takes the free kick.
18:11 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Bobby Hassell, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Guthrie crosses the ball in from the free kick,
Hugo Colace makes a clearance.
16:59 Nathan Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabrice Pancrate. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
16:22 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
14:48 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball, save made by Luke Steele.
13:19 Danny Guthrie delivers a pass corner to short.
12:04 Emil Hallfredsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Steve Harper.
11:13 The ball is sent over by Fabrice Pancrate, clearance made by Stephen Foster.
10:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Hugo Colace. Luke Steele takes the free kick.
9:53 The referee penalises Andy Gray for handball. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
8:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Lovenkrands. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.
8:09 Filipe Teixeira produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
7:09 Foul by Andrew Carroll on Filipe Teixeira, free kick awarded. Nathan Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
5:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Lovenkrands. Luke Steele takes the indirect free kick.
4:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anderson De Silva on Fabricio Coloccini. Mike Williamson restarts play with the free kick.
4:15 Danny Simpson crosses the ball.
2:27 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie.
1:16 Peter Lovenkrands fouled by Stephen Foster, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Danny Guthrie from the
free kick, save by Luke Steele.
0:00 The match begins.
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