Barnsley’s fight to stay in the League One play-off places will go to the final day after a very disappointing performance for the first hour in a 3-2 loss at fellow promotion hopefuls Blackpool.

The hosts led 2-0 at the break then added another just after half-time. John McAtee pulled one back midway through the second half then Adam Phillips netted in injury-time.

Barnsley remain fifth but they are now just a point clear in the play-off places so need a win at home to Northampton Town next Saturday to guarantee a top six place. A draw or loss could see them overtaken by Oxford, Lincoln and Blackpool. The Reds have collected nine points from 11 games and one from the last five.

Neill Collins kept the same team which lost at Portsmouth on Tuesday, with midfielders Luca Connell and Jon Russell still out injured.

The game had a frantic start as, after Devante Cole could not control a Conor Grant pass in the home box after 25 seconds, Liam Roberts endured a couple of nervous moments. The goalkeeper rushed to the left side of his box and was rounded by Jake Beesley whose cross was cleared. Seconds later, Roberts dropped the ball in his box and Beesley saw a shot blocked wide after appearing to make contact with the striker.

Blackpool had six corners in the first ten minutes as Barnsley struggled to get going.

The opener arrived on 12 minutes when, after Karaoke Dembele cut in from the right and went down under a tackle, the ball rolled to Sonny Carey to find the bottom right corner from 20 yards.

Barnsley thought they should have had a penalty seconds later when James Husband clashed with Barry Cotter on the right of the box but the referee gave nothing.

The hosts had a goal ruled out after 17 minutes when Hayden Coulson’s cross was volleyed in by Beesley but the flag was up for offside.

Dembele’s free-kick from the right wing was then deflected onto the crossbar.

The game settled down slightly but the hosts always looked the more likely to score again and did so on the stroke of half-time. Dembele was fouled by Nicky Cadden on the right and floated in a free-kick which was by James Husband into the bottom right corner from close range.

It was 3-0 two minutes after the break when CJ Hamilton’s low cross from the right fell to Coulson to smash past Roberts.

It was almost four soon after but de Gevigney blocked George Byers’ effort.

Roberts then impressively kept Dembele’s low 20-yard effort out of his bottom right corner.

McAtee pulled one back when he ran into the box and found the bottom left corner from 15 yards.

It was almost 4-1 when Shayne Lavery was put clean through but fired over under pressure from substitute Corey O’Keeffe.

Byers then blazed over from 15 yards out after collecting a Dembele pass following a fine move.

Substitute Fabio Jalo thought he had pulled another goal back on 78 minutes but it was ruled out. Sam Cosgrove’s header from Aiden Marsh’s excellent cross was brilliantly clawed out by Daniel Grimshaw but he could not stop Jalo’s header crossing the line. The referee appeared to give a goal but then awarded a free-kick.

Phillips then fired into the bottom right corner from close range after a left-wing cross dropped to him. The Reds claimed for a penalty for a foul on Jalo but it was not given.

Barnsley (3-5-2): Roberts; Williams, de Gevigney, Earl; Cotter (Jalo 58mins), Phillips, Kane, Grant (Cosgrove HT), Cadden (O’Keeffe 58); McAtee, Cole (Marsh 75).

Unused: Killip, McCart, Chapman.

Yellow cards: Kane.

Goals: McAtee 67, Phillips 90+5.

Blackpool (3-5-2): Grimshaw; Pennington, Ekpiteta, Husband; Hamilton, Carey, Dembele (Kouassi 90), Byers (Virtue 82), Coulson (Gabriel 82); Beesley (Joseph 90), Lavery (Norburn 72).

Unused: O’Donnell, Casey.

Yellow cards: Coulson, Dembele.

Goals: Carey 12, Husband 45+3, Coulson 47.

  • 3:02pm
    Barnsley nearly score after 25 seconds. Grant finds Cole in the box who turns. but the ball just runs away from him when he could be clean through
  • 3:03pm
    Now Roberts is beaten to the ball on the left of his box by Jake Beesley whose low. cross is cleared
  • 3:03pm
    Roberts loses the ball to Beesley in his box and the shot is. blocked behind
  • 3:03pm
    Roberts loses the ball to Beesley in his box and the shot is. blocked behind
  • 3:04pm
    Blackpool corner half cleared then turned behind for another
  • 3:04pm
    Phillips heads corner behind for another
  • 3:05pm
    A fourth corner in about a minute after long-range shot blocked behind
  • 3:06pm
    Latest corner. cleared and McAtee fouled trying to counter
  • 3:07pm
    Now McAtee volleys wide from 25 yards
  • 3:07pm
    A bonkers start here
  • 3:10pm
    9 Hamilton wins corner on right for Blackpool. Their fifth
  • 3:10pm
    Corner headed out at back post for another, on left
  • 3:11pm
    Next corner drops in box but Cadden hacks away
  • 3:12pm
    Herbie Kane booked for pulling home player back
  • 3:13pm
    Not ideal to have your defensive midfielder booked on 12 minutes with no real replacement on bench
  • 3:13pm
    Sonny Carey opens the scoring
  • 3:15pm
    Karamoko Dembele runs in from the right and goes down after a tackle, the ball runs to Carey to find the bottom right corner from 20 yards.
  • 3:16pm
    Instantly Reds want a penalty for a foul by Husband on Cotter
  • 3:16pm
    Cotter throw cleared
  • 3:18pm
    Blackpool have a goal ruled out. Beesley turns in Hayden Coulson's cross but the flag is up
  • 3:21pm
    Another chance for Blackpool but Dembele's shot deflected wide
  • 3:21pm
    Coulson brought down by Cotter on left of box. Free-kick
  • 3:22pm
    Karamoko Dembele's free-kick deflected onto the crossbar
  • 3:24pm
    23 Blackpool free-kick from right headed into air and Roberts catches
  • 3:25pm
    A quarter of the way through this game and Barnsley have been dominated so far. Lucky to be only 1-0 down, although they did have a penalty appeal just after goal
  • 3:25pm
    McAtee wins a corner on right after Kane pass
  • 3:26pm
    25 Cadden corner on right. It's cleared and so is his follow up cross
  • 3:29pm
    Dembele's cross after a good move is just away from the foot of the sliding Beesley
  • 3:30pm
    A break with a Blackpool player down hurt. Collins talking to his whole team on touchline. Much-needed break for the Reds
  • 3:32pm
    Play back. underway
  • 3:32pm
    Barnsley just need to get some possession and calm things down a bit
  • 3:33pm
    Loud boos from the away end as a long ball goes out of play
  • 3:35pm
    An ever so slightly better spell for the Reds with a bit more of the ball and fewer Blackpool attacks. They are offering very little going forward themselves though
  • 3:38pm
    This is bad. Williams passes straight past Cotter out of play for a throw as they try to pass out from the back
  • 3:39pm
    De Gevigney slices out for a corner
  • 3:40pm
    Corner goes over everyone, Cotter tries to break but is tackled.
  • 3:41pm
    Good move from back to front involving de Gevigney, Kane and Phillips ends with McAtee's cross to the back post from right but no one is there
  • 3:42pm
    Cadden cross headed out. Better from Reds. But then they pass out of play again
  • 3:44pm
    Very harsh free-kick given against Cotter who looked to get the ball
  • 3:45pm
    Carey free-kick headed out and Byers shot blocked
  • 3:46pm
    Phillips flicked on long ball to Cole whose pass is poor and behind McAtee who is tackled
  • 3:47pm
    Three added minutes as Blackpool win corner on right
  • 3:47pm
    De Gevigney heads corner out
  • 3:49pm
    Dembele tripped by Cadden on right. Free-kick in good area Blackpool
  • 3:49pm
    James Husband heads in
  • 3:51pm
    Third game in a row the Reds concede from a corner. Looked another simple header from right wing corner. The visitors have been BAD
  • 3:52pm
    HALF-TIME: Blackpool 2, Barnsley 0. Up there with the worst halves of the season. Barnsley have barely attacked, and could have conceded more
  • 4:05pm
  • 4:07pm
    Hayden Coulson adds another seconds after the break
  • 4:09pm
    Cross from right falls for Coulson who lashes in Barnsley look to have gone. De Gevigney now blocks another big chance
  • 4:10pm
    Cosgrove came on for Grant at the break
  • 4:12pm
    This is now an awful afternoon for the Reds. it currently looks a case of how many
  • 4:16pm
    Cotter taken off for Jalo
  • 4:17pm
    O'Keeffe also on for Cadden
  • 4:20pm
    Almost four. Dembele's 20-yard shot really well saved by Roberts getting down too his right
  • 4:21pm
    At the other end, Jalo's 20-yard shot is deflected wide after one, two with Cosgrove
  • 4:22pm
    Hayden Coulson booked for pulling back O'Keeffe
  • 4:22pm
    O'Keeffe free-kick headed up and out by Cole
  • 4:24pm
    More chants of 'we want Collins out'
  • 4:24pm
    McAtee shot deflected behind for corner
  • 4:27pm
    John McAtee pulls one back
  • 4:28pm
    After a good run into the box, he fires into the bottom left corner from 15 yards
  • 4:29pm
    Big chance for 4-1. Shayne Lavery goes clean through but, under pressure from O'Keeffe, shoots well over
  • 4:31pm
    Blackpool take off Lavery for Oliver Norburn
  • 4:32pm
    Phillips fires well over
  • 4:34pm
    74 Carey's 30-yard free-kick is blocked
  • 4:34pm
    Marsh on for Cole
  • 4:36pm
    Another good chance for the hosts. After a fine move, Dembele finds Byers who turns just inside the box and fires over the gaping net
  • 4:39pm
    Jalo looks to have scored but it is ruled out. Great Marsh cross, Cosgrove header is superbly saved then Grimshaw tries to claw out Jalo's header but it looks to have crossed the line. The officials appear to award a free-kick for a foul
  • 4:40pm
    Now de Gevigney has a looping header easily saved
  • 4:41pm
    Blackpool bring on Matty Virtue for George Byers and Jordan Gabriel for Hayden Coulson
  • 4:44pm
    Phillips booked for taking out a Blackpool man on the left
  • 4:44pm
    85 The free-kick is eventually cleared
  • 4:48pm
    89 Barnsley free-kick on right. O'Keeffe crosses, headed behind for corner
  • 4:48pm
    Kane corner headed out, Jalo shot blocked
  • 4:50pm
    Six added minutes
  • 4:53pm
    Barnsley. applying pressure and putting crosses into box but Blackpool coping with that fine at the moment
  • 4:54pm
    Adam Phillips pulls another back on 95 minutes
  • 4:55pm
    A cross from the left drops to Phillips who fires into the bottom right corner from eight yards out
  • 4:55pm
    Barnsley a penalty for a foul on Jalo on right of box
  • 4:58pm
    FULL-TIME: Blackpool 3, Barnsley 2. This is going to the last day Awful first hour for the Reds cost them badly They have been on relegation form for a quarter of a season