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Report: Blackpool 0 Barnsley 1

Seasiders Lose Out To Second-Half Goal

22 December 2018

A second-half goal from Cameron McGeehan proved the difference, as Barnsley recorded a 1-0 victory against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

The former Luton Town man popped up at the back post in the 59th minute to tuck away a drilled ball across the six-yard box from former Seasider Brad Potts.

In search of an equaliser, Blackpool found opportunities limited and failed to test the Barnsley keeper in the second-half.  

The Seasiders made two changes for the fixture, with Harry Pritchard and John O’Sullivan replacing Callum Guy and the injured Joe Dodoo. Former Pool midfielder.

It was the visitors who had the first opportunity of the afternoon. Alex Mowatt chested the ball down on the edge of the box and struck a volley straight at Mark Howard.

At the other end, Curtis Tilt was unable to convert a great free-kick delivery from Jordan Thompson at the back post.

Liam Feeney sent a 25-yard strike over the top of the bar, while John O’Sullivan was unable to connect with a drilled Marc Bola cross in the six-yard box.

Cameron McGeehan came close to breaking the deadlock for Barnsley prior to the half-hour mark, clipping the outside of the post via a deflection.

From a Blackpool perspective, John O’Sullivan had two good chances in the space of a minute. First he was denied by Tykes’ keeper Adam Davies, then he fired agonisingly wide on the turn.

Looking dangerous on the counter-attack, Barnsley committed numbers forward in the 35th minute, only to see Mamadou Thiam’s effort comfortably saved by Howard.

Kieffer Moore was then left unmarked at the back post, but he could only head straight at the Blackpool stopper.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Barnsley 0

Blackpool were forced into a change for the second-half, with Curtis Tilt unable to continue. Paudie O’Connor was the man to take his place in the back three.

It was fellow centre-half Ben Heneghan who had the first big chance after the interval, being left unmarked from a corner and seeing his header turned away from the line.

A poor pass from Jordan Thompson provided Brad Potts with an opportunity at the other end, though the midfielder dragged his shot wide of the far post.

It was the ex-Blackpool man who turned provider just before the hour mark though, as Barnsley broke the deadlock. Potts raced down the right and fizzed the ball across the six-yard box, allowing Cameron McGeehan to head in.

The Seasiders responded by making their second change, replacing John O’Sullivan with Michael Nottingham.

A flash shot from Cauley Woodrow almost made it two for Barnsley though, with his effort skimming the side netting.

Still in search of a leveller, Blackpool quickly made their final substitution of the afternoon, handing a second league debut to striker Steven Davies in place of Liam Feeney.

Chances failed to fall for The Seasiders, leaving them unable to rescue anything from the game.    

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Barnsley 1

 


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