Blackpool ended a poor year with a poor result as they lost out to struggling Barnsley.
The Seasiders made the worst possible start when Sam Winnall headed in Reece Wabara’s cross under little pressure from the Blackpool defence.
The home side could have added to their lead soon after but Dean Lyness made a great stop form Adam Hammill’s effort.
Pool slowly improved and had their first major chance when Brad Potts almost got on the end of Mark Cullen’s low cross.
Though the home side continued to impress and Conor Hourihane drove an effort wide before the break before danger man Winnall and curled an effort into Lyness’s arms after beating the Pool defence.
Much improvement was needed after half time as the Tangerines failed to get an effort on target during the first half and they made exactly the start they were hoping for in the second half as Cullen cut inside and drove an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.
There was cause for optimism among the away fans that their side could go on and get a result but McDonald’s side quickly threw the game away in the next few minutes.
First, Lloyd Isgrove picked up the ball and set up Winnall for his second goal before Jim McAlister was robbed of the ball which allowed Winnall to set up Watkins who curled home Barnsley’s third of the afternoon.
Elliot Lee could have got Pool back in the game but sliced an effort over before being replaced by Andy Little.
The substitute had a big impact in the game as Little got on the end of David Norris’s pass and finished calmly to get his side back into the game.
However, just as before Pool’s hopes quickly diminished as Potts lost possession and Templeton ran through the defence to put the ball past Lyness.
It was game of individual errors and a poor defensive performance against a strong Barnsley attack on Blackpool’s behalf.
This loss is a reminder that Blackpool are very much in a relegation battle this season and are now right back in the battle for survival.