Barnsley suffered a miserable 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool in their first game since their relegation and the exit of Poya Asbaghi.

The visitors took the lead late in the first half then doubled it midway through the second, while creating the better chances after a poor home side who looked broken.

The Reds remain bottom of the Championship with two games to play.

Caretaker Martin Devaney, in charge following the exit of Asbaghi over the weekend, made three changes from the side that lost at Huddersfield on Friday and was officially relegated.

Loanees Amine Bassi, Domingos Quina and Claudio Gomes were at the game but their deals have been cancelled. Isaac Christie-Davies made his first Reds start while Jasper Moon and Callum Styles also came into the team. Teenagers Aiden Marsh, from Monk Bretton and Amir Ariely, from Israel, were on the bench.

The Reds played 3-5-2 with Moon alongside Liam Kitching and Mads Andersen in a back three while Styles and Christie-Davies joined Matty Wolfe in midfield then Carlton Morris was paired up front with Cauley Woodrow.

Blackpool had the first chance when Charlie Kirk’s right-wing corner was headed towards goal by Marvin Ekpiteta and ex-Red Kenny Dougall flicked it on a few yards out but it hit his former team-mate Jack Walton in goal and stayed out.

Remy Vita then smashed over 15 yards out on the left of the box after Callum Brittain swapped passes with Woodrow and crossed from the right.

The Reds almost scored an own goal in the 20th minute when, after Wolfe lost the ball, Dougall it to the left of the six-yard box for Kirk whose volleyed cross appeared to come off Brittain and was going in before Walton got down to his left to save well.

Christie-Davies sent a low shot straight at the goalkeeper from just inside the box on 35 minutes.

The visitors took the lead when Jake Beesley lifted the ball over the home defence who were totally exposed with two Blackpool players clean through. Owen Dale raced onto it, cut back past Kitching’s attempted sliding tackle and curled into the top left corner eight yards out.

Early in the second half, Beesley headed over from a tight angle at the back post from a James Husband cross then, at the other end, Woodrow’s deflected shot was pushed over by the goalkeeper after fine passes by Brittain and Christie-Davies.

A Blackpool counter-attack ended with Walton pushing away a powerful Dale shot from the right of the box.

The second goal came midway through the second half when Dougall’s left-wing free-kick was headed back across goal by Ekpiteta and volleyed in from close-range by Oliver Casey.

It should have been 3-0 soon after when the goalkeeper’s long kick put Jerry Yates clean through but he sliced wide of Walton then Beesley hit the left post from a tight angle on the right.

Devaney brought on Will Hondermarck, to play right wing-back with Brittain in central midfield, and young striker Marsh.

Wolfe smashed a 20-yard effort off the crossbar in the 80th minute then Brittain fired over 12 yards out after a corner was cleared to him.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Walton; Brittain, Andersen, Moon, Kitching, Vita, Christie-Davies (Hondemarck 64mins), Styles, Wolfe; Morris (Marsh 74), Woodrow (Adeboyejo 64).

Unused: Jinadu, Palmer, Oduor, Ariely.

Yellow cards: Andersen.

Blackpool (4-4-2): Maxwell; Connolly, Ekpiteta, Casey (Thorniley 84mins) Husband; Dale, Virtue, Dougall, Kirk (Hamilton 68), Beesley, Lavery (Yates 68) Unused: Moore, Stewart, Robson, Garbutt.

  • 7:47pm
    1 The home side get us underway.
  • 7:49pm
    1 Looks like a three-at-the-back for the Reds - Moon, Kitching and Andersen playing in the middle.
  • 7:50pm
    2 Lavery nearly breaks free for Blackpool but he's shielded out by the Barnsley defence. Goal kick.
  • 7:50pm
    3 Good play from the Reds almost sees them create a chance but Wolfe's cross is intercepted.
  • 7:53pm
    6 Slow start to the game, neither side have taken control but the away side have had more of the ball.
  • 7:55pm
    6 A minute's applause for a young Barnsley fan who died from cancer last year.
  • 7:55pm
    8 A half-chance for Blackpool but Walton does well to quickly come out of his box and clear the danger.
  • 7:56pm
    Mads Andersen is booked for hacking down a Blackpool forward. Free kick in a dangerous position.
  • 7:57pm
    9 Nearly an opening from the resulting corner but Matty Wolfe does well to head behind. Corner to the away side.
  • 7:57pm
    10 Scramble in the box nearly sees Blackpool take the lead. Walton saves but I'm not sure how much he knew about it.
  • 8:01pm
    13 Barnsley have struggled to get any control of the game so far. Blackpool are still on top with just under a quarter of an hour played.
  • 8:04pm
    16 Good chance for Vita. Brittain crosses the ball first time and it finds the French man at the back post. But his effort is just over the bar. Good play from Martin Devaney's side.
  • 8:06pm
    18 Charlie Kirk plays a great ball across the goal but none of his team can get on the end of it. It strolls along the six yard box but nothing comes of it. Let off for the Reds.
  • 8:08pm
    21 The Reds have come into the game more in the last few minutes, but aren't really doing anything with the ball when going forward.
  • 8:10pm
    23 Corner for the away side as Morris heads behind a Dougall free kick.
  • 8:13pm
    26 Nearly a good chance for Blackpool as Beesley charged down Walton's kick but fortunately the away side can't do anything with the ball.
  • 8:15pm
    28 Blackpool fans are cheering every pass they make, no control at all here from the Reds. Both sides have nothing to play for but you wouldn't be able to tell with the way the Seasiders are performing.
  • 8:16pm
    29 Callum Styles is nearly released by a great pass from Woodrow but Oliver Casey makes a wonderful tackle in the box to deny the Hungarian.
  • 8:17pm
    30 First corner for the Reds after Vita's cross smashes Connolly in the face.
  • 8:20pm
    33 James Husband has a great chance to whip the ball in but his cross is high and wide of the Reds' box.
  • 8:21pm
    33 Corner for the Reds after Woodrow catches onto a loose header, but his attempt to cut in is blocked.
  • 8:22pm
    35 Issac Christie-Davies shoots from the edge of the area but it's easily saved. Maxwell then releases the ball and Walton has to clear the danger from outside his box.
  • 8:23pm
    35 Corner for the away side as Kitching shields off Owen Dale.
  • 8:24pm
    36 Matty Virtue has a good chance for the away side but his volley from the edge of the area sails narrowly wide. He believes it took a deflection but the referee disagreed. Goal kick.
  • 8:26pm
    Owen Dale
  • 8:27pm
    39 Great goal for the away side Owen Dale cuts inside and fires past Walton.
  • 8:28pm
    40 Short delay for the restart as two Blackpool flares are on the pitch.
  • 8:30pm
    42 It's probably a deserved lead for the away side who have controlled most of the game and had the better chances. Devaney will have to get his team playing in the second half if they're to come away with anything.
  • 8:33pm
    Two minutes added on.
  • 8:34pm
    HALF TIME: A really poor performance sees the Reds go in 1-0 down at the break.
  • 8:52pm
    46 The away side get the game back underway.
  • 8:52pm
    46 No changes for either side at the break.
  • 8:53pm
    46 Blackpool nearly double their lead after Jake Beesley heads over at the back post.
  • 8:55pm
    48 Woodrow nearly levels for Barnsley after some good work from Christie-Davies and Brittain - but his effort is tipped over by Maxwell for a corner.
  • 8:57pm
    50 Dale whips in a good cross but it's straight into the hands of Walton as no Blackpool player can get on the end of it.
  • 8:59pm
    52 Jake Beesley finds space behind Andersen but the former Shawlane Aqua force striker can't keep his effort down.
  • 9:01pm
    54 Walton saves well from Dale after Beesley's effort is blocked. The Reds have come out more attacking but are getting caught out on the break.
  • 9:04pm
    56 Brittain leaves his man on the left and he's got a free run into the box - but Andersen does well to block.
  • 9:06pm
    58 Nothing has happened since the goal - Barnsley look really poor on the attack and are really struggling to put any pressure on the Seasiders.
  • 9:07pm
    60 Jasper Moon is down injured and play has stopped. The Blackpool fans are throwing the ball up and down the stand to pass the time.
  • 9:08pm
    Matty Virtue has been booked for pulling back Callum Styles.
  • 9:09pm
    Issac Christie-Davies
  • 9:09pm
    SUB ON
    William Hondermarck
  • 9:09pm
    Cauley Woodrow
  • 9:09pm
    SUB ON
    Victor Adeboyejo
  • 9:10pm
    63 With Woodrow going off Andersen is given the captain's armband.
  • 9:11pm
    64 Play is stopped as Beesley is down after a collision with Andersen.
  • 9:13pm
    Oliver Casey fires in from close range to give Blackpool a 2-0 lead.
  • 9:14pm
    Charlie Kirk
  • 9:14pm
    SUB ON
    C J Hamilton
  • 9:15pm
    Shayne Lavery
  • 9:15pm
    SUB ON
    Jerry Yates
  • 9:15pm
    69 Barnsley will have to come from 2 behind if they're going to get anything from the game - but they're looking poor and every time the away side attack they look likely to score.
  • 9:17pm
    71 Barnsley still haven't really created a meaningful chance and there's only 20 minutes to play.
  • 9:19pm
    72 Nearly 3-0 as Hamilton chips Walton and finds Beesley who fires against the post from a tight angle.
  • 9:21pm
    74 It looked like Barnsley would have a chance as Adeboyejo chased down a loose ball but Ekpiteta recovers well.
  • 9:21pm
    Carlton Morris
  • 9:21pm
    SUB ON
    Aiden Marsh
  • 9:23pm
    76 Dougall has a free kick in a good crossing position but Walton claims easily.
  • 9:24pm
    78 Aiden Marsh has a great chance to find a pass after Wolfe played him through, but the Barnsley fan can't find anyone but a Blackpool defender.
  • 9:27pm
    81 Matty Wolfe rattles the crossbar from 20 yards out with a fierce strike.
  • 9:28pm
    83 There seems to be a bit more grit from the Reds in the last few minutes as they've had the best of the ball. Corner for the home side.
  • 9:30pm
    84 Callum Brittain blazes over the bar - he's still not scored for Barnsley.
  • 9:30pm
    Jake Beesley
  • 9:30pm
    SUB ON
    Jordan Thornley
  • 9:33pm
    86 Dale breaks free again in the. box but Jasper Moon clears the danger as it looked almost certain Blackpool would grab a third.
  • 9:36pm
    89 Barnsley have had all the ball in the past few minutes but have done nothing with it. A claim for handball from the Barnsley fans but nothing given.
  • 9:37pm
    Five minutes added on.
  • 9:38pm
    92 Hondermarck has a good chance but his cross is really poor - sums up the night - and the season- incredibly well.
  • 9:41pm
    94 A ball comes into the box and Walton punches but he probably should have caught it.
  • 9:42pm
    FULL TIME: Boos ring around the stadium as Barnsley are deservedly beaten at home to Blackpool. The game finishes 2-0 and it was a really poor game. Barnsley are still bottom.