Barnsley started life without Poya Asbaghi with a defeat as Blackpool produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Owen Dale put the hosts ahead in the 39th minute before Oliver Casey doubled their advantage in the 66th minute. The win was the third consecutive win for Blackpool while Barnsley will be playing football in League One next season.

Managers Reaction 

Interim Barnsley boss Martin Devaney: “They were two avoidable goals, I know we haven’t created that many chances but they were really disappointed in the manner that we conceded those. I think the first goal is really poor, coming down the left-hand side, I don’t think we really got going down that side tonight so to concede the way we did is disappointing. Then the second goal, it’s happened a lot this year where we haven’t defended the back post very well and conceded from a set-piece. It’s a big task being relegated and the disappointment of that, we’ve got a young team and we’ve sort of had two training sessions to plan for tonight. It’s a difficult period for everyone, we’ll compete, we’ll keep fighting and trying our best and that’s all we can do.”

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “To keep a clean sheet and win the game, it keeps us moving forward. I am really so delighted that those two players (Dale and Casey) scored, they are a massive reason why we have a good group here and why we’ve had a half-decent season. This is where you come back to your principles and they changed their shape and personnel but then you can speak to individuals and go through stuff quickly. Luton played that system, so too West Brom so we know how to play against it.”

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