Hull's stuttering Championship campaign benefited from an injection of Premier League quality as the 20-year-old striker Fraizer Campbell gave Phil Brown's side the edge in this Yorkshire derby with a memorable home debut.
Campbell, who began a three-month loan from Manchester United in last Saturday's defeat at Watford, scored twice inside the first 18 minutes to leave in-form Barnsley with a deficit from which they could not recover. Hull added a third goal through Dean Marney in stoppage time.
Campbell had made his United debut in the derby defeat at Manchester City in August, and had been looking for a run in United's Carling Cup side but United's exit prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to give the former England youth international the chance to go out on loan.
Hull will be delighted he did. Campbell revealed a nerveless finishing technique to fire home his first goal following a precise through ball by Dean Windass and then combined strength with close control to score his second, holding off three Barnsley defenders before finding room to tuck the ball past the goalkeeper Heinz Muller.
In doing so, Campbell might have completed an 11-minute hat-trick had Muller not kept out another goal-bound effort. All this despite some robust attention from Barnsley defenders, including an elbow in the face from Dennis Souza that would have warranted a red card had the referee Andy D'Urso seen it.
Barnsley, who had been unbeaten in seven matches before last night, avoided further embarrassment when David Livermore hit an upright with a free kick Muller thought was going wide but Campbell went close twice more before Marney rounded off a bad night for Barnsley by sliding home Stephen McPhee's pass.Reuse content