Here's how Pool's players rated:
Mark Howard - 6
Endured a couple of nervy moments but made two or three decent stops. Little he could have done about the goal.
Donervon Daniels - 6
A little sloppy in possession early on but competed well against Barnsley’s dangerous frontline.
Ben Heneghan - 6
Had his hands full with 14-goal Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore. Conceded a couple of silly free kicks but otherwise solid.
Curtis Tilt - 6
Came close to giving Blackpool an early lead at the back post, but came off injured at half time.
Liam Feeney - 5
Set up John O’Sullivan for a chance in the first half but otherwise struggled to have a meaningful impact on the game.
Marc Bola - 6
Showed plenty of attacking intent as ever, fizzing in an early cross that was begging to be stuck away.
Jay Spearing - 6
Perhaps slightly fortunate to not concede a penalty following an incident with Brad Potts but as committed as ever.
Harry Pritchard - 6
Looked lively in the opening 45 minutes and got in behind the Barnsley defence, but struggled as the game wore on.
Jordan Thompson - 6
Quality on the ball from set pieces led to some of Blackpool’s clearest chances but gave the ball away too easily at times.
John O’Sullivan - 6
Had a couple of good chances in what was his first league start since mid-October, playing in an unfamiliar forward role.
Armand Gnanduillet - 6
Worked tirelessly up top but just not his day. Looked lively and tried to link up play but it was to no avail.
Paudie O’Connor - 6
For Tilt, 46
Unexpectedly came on at half time in place of the injured Curtis Tilt and did a solid job on the left of the back three.
Michael Nottingham - 6
For O’Sullivan, 70
Didn’t see too much of the ball but gave Pool a threat late on with his long throws. Would like to see his height utilised more often.
Steve Davies - 6
For Feeney, 75
Caught offside on a couple of occasions but got into a good position late on only to head straight at the keeper.
Subs not used: Myles Boney, Joe Bunney, Callum Guy, Nathan Delfouneso
Barnsley: Davies, Pinnock, Lindsay, McGeehan, Cavare, Potts, Pinillos, Woodrow (Adeboyejo), Thiam (Bahre), Mowatt (Dougall), Moore
Subs not used: Greatorex, Moncur, Jackson, Brown
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Attendance: 4,054 (1,508 Barnsley)
Next match: Rochdale (away, Wednesday, December 26, 3pm, SkyBet League One)