Cardiff City 5 (Miller 10, Mason 34, Gunnarsson 38 and 71, Cowie 64)
Barnsley 3 (Drinkwater 36, McNulty 82, Vaz Te 86)
A late salvage raid for some pride was too little, too late as a first-rate Cardiff punished the Reds' poor defending by five goals to three.
A real chance fell for the hosts early on through Gunnarsson who stole a yard but somehow couldn't steal a goal well only six yards out on four minutes. The Reds pressed back through Butterfield who struck wide from outside the area after dealing with a little bit of early pressure.
Out of nowhere, a defensive howler from the Reds gifted the home side a tenth minute lead. Miscommunication between Edwards and McNulty allowed Miller in on goal, and the lethal striker duly obliged from eight yards by tucking into the far corner.
A point blank save from Luke Steele brought all four sides of the ground to their feet, the 'keeper denying a close range Hudson header.
Then a bizarre clash of header between two Bluebirds players, Miller and Hudson went down, with the former having to be replaced by Joe Mason on 29. Steele was then forced into another wonderful save, this time from a Whittingham free-kick which seemed destined for the bottom corner.
A perfect opportunity was presented to Whittingham, the free-kick specialist on 34, and although Steele saved his thunderbolt from the edge of the area, Joe Mason reacted first to slam home from three yards.
Two minutes later, Drinkwater fancied a free-kick from 30 yards and his strike took a deflection although the former Cardiff loanee will be claiming it.
Again t was two minutes later which saw another chance and another goal - this time for the home side. Gunnarsson had time to tee himself up on the edge of the box before planting into the top corner after receiving the ball from the right. Steele was stranded.
Cardiff were first to every ball and really pressing the Reds when trying to keep possession as the first half ended 3-1.
The second period saw all three Reds substitutions made, with McEveley, Vaz Te and Davies replacing Edwards, O'Brien and Perkins.
City were still playing with a swagger, and a goal-line clearance had to prevent them extending their two-goal cushion.
Barnsley were then awarded a free-kick inside the opposition's area for a backpass which then saw Marshall shove Gray in anger - both players were booked. Vaz Te set up Drinkwater who hammered the crossbar.
When Mason was sent through after a defence-splitting pass, McNulty somehow got across and then a foot in to deny him a second on 54.
A great counter from the Reds began after Steele caught a Turner header, Wiseman fed Drinkwater into the right-hand side of the area, but his delivery just evaded Davies thanks to a flick from McNaughton.
Cardiff were absolutely tearing the Reds' defence to shreds and Don Cowie hit the fourth after rounding Steele, whose run caught Barnsley's defence napping once again.
With 19 minutes to go it was five. Gunnarsson hitting his second, although it was easier than his first strike, it was well worked down the left and put on a platter for the Icelander by Mason.
It should have been six on 77 and it was Mason again who was causing absolute havoc for the Barnsley defence. But Steele was salvaging some pride for the Reds. And if it wasn't bad enough, Wales international Rob Earnshaw was then introduced for the Bluebirds.
The deficit was reduced to three on 82 as McNulty nodded home a Butterfield corner but it was little consolation for a sorry looking Barnsley. But Hill's side salvaged even more pride with four minutes remaining as Vaz Te fired in his second goal in as many games, finishing well after Gray's lay-off.
Suddenly, despite entering the dying embers of the game, frustration had set in on the Cardiff fans who had been basking in the glory of their goal—thirsty side but the Reds left the Welsh capital with nothing to show.
Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Whittingham, Cowie, Miller (Mason 29), Conway (Kiss 66), Gunnarsson, Turner, McPhail (Earnshaw 79).
Subs: Heaton, Gerrard.
Reds: Steele, Edwards (McEveley 46), Doyle, Foster, O'Brien (davies 46), Perkins (Vaz Te 46), Wiseman, McNulty, Butterfield, Drinkwater, Gray.
Subs: Preece, Addison.