Terry McPhillips was disappointed to see his side lose at home to Barnsley, admitting that a draw would probably have been a fair result.
A second-half header from Cameron McGeehan saw The Tykes return to Yorkshire with all three points, though clear-cut opportunities were limited.
“We don’t think we should have lost the game today. We haven’t been at our best, but that still should have been enough not to have lost,” the manager said.
“If we’d have come in with a draw and hadn’t done so well, then we’d have taken that, but we just have to take it on the chin and try and get a win at Rochdale now.”
Quick to admit that his players didn’t reach the standards they’re capable of, McPhillips wasn’t prepared to blame the performance on Blackpool’s midweek extra-time exertions against Solihull.
“I’m not going to use that excuse today. But we did have a few who weren’t at their usual standard, hence we didn’t do as well as we can do. We are playing one of the top teams, by a distance, with the budget and just coming down from The Championship.
“They didn’t have that many chances, but we didn’t defend the goal well enough, and that has cost us today.”
A blow for the team came when Curtis Tilt was forced off at half-time, however one or two other injury problems are starting to clear up.
“We’ve got one or two getting closer – I don’t think Ollie Turton is too far off now,” the manager added.