Home Record Comes To An End
All good things must come to an end, but the way in which Blackpool's unbeaten home record came to an end yesterday afternoon will have everyone down in the dumps today.
With five minutes remaining the 'Pool looked a course for another three home points courtesy of a Charlie Adam penalty, but two Barnsley goals in the closing stages saw Ian Holloway's men snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Much like Monday night against Preston, the Seasiders failed to take their chances; 23 shots peppered the Barnsley goal, which means that we've now only scored twice from our last 48 shots... still don't think we need a striker Ollie? The gaffer must have had nightmares last night about not re-signing DJ Campbell.
Ollie made two changes from Monday night with Ian Evatt and Marcel Seip making way for Rob Edwards and Neal Eardley, Alex Baptiste shifting to centre half.
Edwards' selection was a surprising one, but the former captain produced a faultless display and will now be hoping for a run in the side.
Barnsley meanwhile selected two former 'Pool loan stars; Adam Hammill and Carl Dickinson.
Barnsley have been on a good run since Mark Robins took over, but even he'll admit that his side were very lucky to win this game as the Seasiders dominated the first 45 minutes.
The first action of the afternoon was a substitution however, with Ben Burgess being replaced by Jason Euell after picking up an injury. Burgess had received a great reception from the fans and it would have been interesting to see how he'd fared yesterday.
He wasn't missed though, as the Seasiders still created more than enough chances to win the game.
Billy Clarke had the first chance of the afternoon, nearly scoring a carbon copy of his goal against Preston, but on this occasion, the ball curled just wide.
Jason Euell then missed a great chance before having another effort very well saved by the impressive Luke Steele in the Barnsley goal.
Billy Clarke then had a massive penalty appeal turned down, and Barnsley raced down the other end where a combination of great goalkeeping from Matt Gilks and great defending from Stephen Crainey saw Tykes striker Daniel Bogdanovich denied a goal.
Hamuer Bouazza then hit the side netting, with some fans, just like on Monday night, believing that the Algerian wide man had scored.
Billy Clarke then limped out of the game after a collision with Luke Steele. Barry Bannan came on to replace him. Hopefully Clarke will not be out for too long.
Barnsley started the second half brighter, with Bogdanovich hitting the bar early doors with Gilks beaten.
Charlie Adam then forced Steele into another fine save. Steele was the Tykes best player by some margin.
With twenty minutes left, the Tykes made a double change: Andy Gray and Iain Hume replacing Bogdanovich and Jon Macken.
Just two minutes later, the Seasiders were finally ahead after Charlie Adam drilled home from the penalty spot. The spot kick had been awarded for a handball by Barnsley defender Ryan Shotton.
Minutes later Adam forced another great save from Steele with a half volley after great play by Hamuer Bouazza.
The very impressive Barry Bannan then drilled a low cross right across the goal mouth but no one could get onto it.
With five minutes left, the Seasiders were left to rue all their missed chances as Barnsley equalised from a corner. Whether it was an own goal or a Bobby Hassell header doesn't matter; either way, it was still poor defending.
Three minutes later and Mark Robins' side were ahead. Alex Baptiste was penalised for handball and Andy Gray powered home from the spot.
Taylor-Fletcher was then thrown on for Bouazza whilst Charlie Adam smashed just over after a mesmerising run, but time ran out for the Seasiders and a first home defeat of the season was confirmed.
It's definitely been a case of five points dropped at home this week and with a tricky run of games coming up, does this mark the end of the Seasiders' playoff aspirations? Let's hope it's just a blip.
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