Barnsley suffered a fourth home defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 to Blackpool.

Former Oakwell academy player Jordan Rhodes scored a penalty midway through the first half.

It was a poor game but Barnsley did not have a shot on target and looked toothless in attack.

Neill Collins made three changes from the side that won 2-1 at Northampton Town a week earlier in the last league game.

Mael de Givegney won the race to replace the injured Kacper Lopata in the centre of the back three, while John McAtee came in for the benched Sam Cosgrove up front.

Theo Chapman, 18, made his first league start with Adam Phillips and Josh Benson both left out of the squad.

Hardly anything happened in a dull first half in which Barnsley had plenty of the ball but did little with it.

The only half chance in the opening quarter of the game saw Devante Cole have a shot blocked in the box after good work on the right by McAtee.

The visitors took the lead on 23 minutes through a Jordan Rhodes penalty after Corey O’Keeffe slid in on CJ Hamilton and tripped the Blackpool winger on the left side of the box.

McAtee then had a shot blocked in the box. Styles scored into an empty net from 30 yards but it was ruled out for offside against Cole who had been beaten to the ball by goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw outside his box before weak clearance. Barnsley then appealed for a penalty on Styles after a good move.

Cosgrove replaced Chapman at half-time with McAtee dropping back into an attacking midfield role.

Roberts made an outstanding save four minutes into the second half, somehow clawing out a 15-yard shot by ex-Red Kenny Dougall which looked destined for the top left corner after a good Hamilton run on the left.

Barnsley felt they should have had a penalty of their own midway through the second half when, after a good run and cross on the left by Cole, Olly Casey appeared to handle the ball yards from goal.

McAtee should have made it 1-1 on 76 minutes when he received a good Cosgrove pass from the right and beat a defender in the box but blazed over from about 12 yards out. He was replaced seconds later by Max Watters.

Blackpool substitute Shayne Lavery saw his weak 20-yard shot saved by Roberts on 80 minutes then Rhodes bundled wide from close range.

Barnsley had plenty of late pressure but long-range shots over the bar by substitute wing-backs Barry Cotter and Nicky Cadden were the closest they came until Max Watters could have levelled with the final kick but could not make contact a few yards out after good work on the right by Cole.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, de Givegney, McCart; O’Keeffe (Cotter 57mins), Styles, Kane, Chapman (Cosgrove HT), Dodgson (Cadden 57); Cole, McAtee (Watters 78).

Unused: Killip, Russell, Watters, Shepherd.

Blackpool (3-5-2): Grimshaw; Connolly, Casey, Husband; Dale (Ekpiteta 84mins, Weir (Morgan 63), Norburn, Dougall, Hamilton; Rhodes (Carey 89), Kouassi (Lavery 63).

Unused: O’Donnell, Thompson, Dembele.

Yellow cards: Weir, Grimshaw, Norburn, Dougall, Husband, Connolly.

Goals: Rhodes 23 (pen).

  • 3:03pm
    Early Herbie Kane free -kick from the right cleared
  • 3:03pm
    It's rainy here
  • 3:04pm
    Fairly bright first two minutes for the Reds. They have had most of the ball and got it forward quite a lot
  • 3:06pm
    Blackpool still penned in their half yet. No chances yet but the visitors in particular yet to settle down
  • 3:06pm
    To illustrate the point, Blackpool do slightly venture into the home half but James Husband passes straight out of play
  • 3:07pm
    Theo Chapman seeing quite a bit of the ball on his full debut and looking confident
  • 3:08pm
    Now Blackpool are getting forward. Roberts punches away a left wing cross by CJ Hamilton
  • 3:09pm
    Blackpool win the first corner as Kane heads a long throw behind
  • 3:09pm
    8 Right wing corner by Owen Dale. Headed out by Mael de Givegney
  • 3:11pm
    First real chances. McAtee breaks down the right and pulls it back to Cole whose shot is blocked
  • 3:12pm
    Owen Dodgson's corner headed up by McCart but caught by the goalkeeper
  • 3:14pm
    Barnsley playing the ball around well with good passing and movement, a couple of times they have nearly got something behind the Blackpool back line like that
  • 3:15pm
    Barnsley will be fairly happy so far. They look organised and are the more attacking side. But now they need to create more chances
  • 3:17pm
    So far it feels like it could be a game of few chances but we will see. Barnsley having most of the ball but Blackpool defending pretty well
  • 3:19pm
    Another quiet spell as we approach the 20-minute mark. Neither side keeping the ball for long
  • 3:20pm
    Blackpool players telling each other to calm down and relax on the ball,. It hasn't happened at all for them going forward but a long way to go
  • 3:22pm
    20 minutes in and still that Devante Cole blocked shot is all that we can really call a chance
  • 3:24pm
    Penalty to Blackpool
  • 3:24pm
    Corey O'Keeffe fouled CJ Hamilton
  • 3:24pm
    Jordan Rhodes scores a penalty after O'Keeffe fouled Hamilton
  • 3:26pm
    Oh dear. Barnsley had looked comfortable until then. Blackpool had barely attacked. Incident was 50 yards plus away from me but looked like a risky challenge
  • 3:27pm
    Barnsley haven't equalised at Oakwell in a league game since 2021. But plenty of time to do so today
  • 3:31pm
    De Givegney has a bloody nose. He's been off the pitch but is coming back on now
  • 3:32pm
    Barnsley win the ball on the edge of the Blackpool box but McAtee's shot is blocked
  • 3:33pm
    Barnsley concede a free-kick on the left wing
  • 3:34pm
    The free-kick is cleared then played over the defence to an attack but he is offside
  • 3:35pm
    Boos around Oakwell as Barnsley can't clear their lines and Blackpool shoot over from just outside the box
  • 3:36pm
    Callum Styles has the ball in the net but it's been ruled out
  • 3:36pm
    Like last week. the goalkeeper left his area, gifted the ball to Styles and he found the empty net (this time from about 30 yards)
  • 3:36pm
    But Devante Cole, who goalkeeper Grimshaw beat to the ball, was ruled offside earlier in the move. He did look like he might be to me
  • 3:40pm
    Shouts for a penalty to Barnsley as Styles goes to ground after contact in the box following a fine move involving McAtee, Dodgson and Cole
  • 3:42pm
    Hamilton is having a lot of joy against O'Keeffe on the left. He beat him and Williams has to concede a corner
  • 3:43pm
    42 Left wing Blackpool corner, headed out by McCart. Cole and McAtee try to lead a counter attack but the latter's pass is intercepted
  • 3:47pm
    Two added minutes in this first half
  • 3:49pm
    HALF-TIME: Barnsley 0, Blackpool 1.
  • 4:05pm
  • 4:05pm
    Barnsley have brought on Sam Cosgrove for Theo Chapman
  • 4:08pm
    48 Kylian Kouassi wins a free-kick 25 yards out
  • 4:09pm
    Owen Dale's free-kick on the left leads to a scramble but Barnsley clear then try to counter. O'Keeffe's cross is headed out
  • 4:10pm
    What a save by Liam Roberts. Hamilton pulls the ball back for ex-Red Kenny Dougall whose power 15-yard effort is heading towards the top. left corner but the goalkeeper again makes a fine save
  • 4:12pm
    Jensen Weir booked
  • 4:13pm
    Barnsley have a free-kick on the left
  • 4:13pm
    54 Dodgson's free-kick punched away by the goalkeeper
  • 4:15pm
    Looks like Cadden and Cotter are both coming on pretty soon
  • 4:16pm
    Blackpool player down for treatment
  • 4:17pm
    Barnsley corner on the left
  • 4:17pm
    Cotter and Cadden on for O'Keeffe and Dodgson
  • 4:18pm
    Kane's corner headed back to him for anotehr
  • 4:18pm
    Second corner headed out to Cotter who smashes over from 20 yards
  • 4:19pm
    Goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw booked for timewasting
  • 4:21pm
    Cadden whips in a cross from the left. Cole just misses it at the front post and the goalkeeper catches it
  • 4:22pm
    Blackpool bring on Shayne Lavery for Kylian Kouassi and Albie Morgan for Jensen Weir
  • 4:23pm
    Ollie Norburn booked for a strong challenge on Cosgrove
  • 4:24pm
    That looked a clear handball in the box by defender Olly Casey. After a good run and cross on the left by Cole.
  • 4:29pm
    Barnsley getting more attacks together. Cotter's cross headed away by a defender with Cadden running in
  • 4:30pm
    70 Kane free-kick headed out, and Cotter's cross cleared
  • 4:30pm
    Kenny Dougall booked for a challenge on Kane
  • 4:33pm
    Another Reds attack leads to Williams smashing a cross across goal from right of box then Cadden seeing one cleared
  • 4:34pm
    Barnsley complaining about Blackpool time wasting but the referee indicates to them he is adding in on for the end
  • 4:35pm
    Big chance for 1-1. Cosgrove pulls the ball back from the right to McAtee who beats a defender but blazes over
  • 4:36pm
    That is McAtee's last action as he is replaced by Watters
  • 4:39pm
    79 Cadden's free-kick punched out and Cadden's shot is blocked
  • 4:39pm
    Barnsley have been on top for a while now
  • 4:40pm
    Blackpool just sitting back and defending now. Can Barnsley break them down?
  • 4:41pm
    Shayne Lavery gets away from Williams on the left and sees a low shot easily saved by Roberts from the edge of the box
  • 4:41pm
    So Blackpool have had all three shots on target in this game
  • 4:43pm
    Another chance for the visitors to make it 2-0. Rhodes bundles wide about five yards out on the right of the box. He wants a corner for a deflection
  • 4:47pm
    Barnsley's momentum seems to have gone away a bit in the last few minutes. They need to start attacking again as we go into the 88th minute
  • 4:48pm
    Blackpool bring Sonny Carey on for Rhodes
  • 4:49pm
    90 Kane's cross from the right is headed behind for a corner
  • 4:50pm
    90 Cadden's corner from the left is cleared. The follow up leads to another corner
  • 4:50pm
    Six added minutes
  • 4:50pm
    Cadden's corner headed out. So is his next cross.
  • 4:51pm
    Barnsley pumping the ball forward, putting the visitors under pressure. Can they create a big chance?
  • 4:52pm
    90+2 Cadden volleys over from just outside the box
  • 4:52pm
    Attendance: 1,305 (1430 away)
  • 4:55pm
    Callum Connolly the latest Blackpool player to be booked. Six. of them have 'taken one for the team' this afternoon after taking the lead to disrupt their hosts
  • 4:56pm
    Watters slices at good chance after fine Cole work
  • 4:56pm
    FULL-TIME: Barnsley 0, Blackpool 1.