Harry Pritchard admitted that the better side won at Oakwell yesterday, as Blackpool fell to a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley.
The Seasiders had to defend for long periods against the hosts, who look set to secure an automatic return to the Championship next week.
“It was a tough game. They’re a very good side, and we knew that before we went into the game,” Pritchard said. “We tried to defend as well as we can, catch them on the counter attack and play our normal football going forward.
“I thought we did that well in the first-half, but we were gutted to concede from a set-piece because we’re normally quite strong from them. I think the better side won.”
Initially, it could have been different. It was Pritchard who gave Blackpool the lead after 15 minutes of the encounter, giving the team a platform.
“I just gambled. I saw the ball went out wide and only Armand in the box, so there was a bit of space for me. Luckily, he kind of flicked it back and I just made sure I hit the target. It maybe got a little deflection,” he said with a smile.
“We were defending really, really well and then they scored from outside the box, which we knew they shoot a lot from outside the box. We’re a bit disappointed not to have got any blocks in on that.”
“Then, like I say, we were gutted to concede that second from a corner.”