Blackpool started with only 9 men and from the off the reworked Blackpool formation experienced great pressure across the defence and conceded a well worked goal from Rochdale. Although Blackpool were outnumbered they created chances and forward man Luke Halstead hit the post with his first attempt at goal. Rochdale regrouped and threw everything they had at Blackpool to score another 2 quick goals.
Blackpool did best they could by searching for Halstead and Ollie Tomlinson but nothing could be done and after yet another first half goal Blackpool went into the break 3 men and 4 goals down.
A more defensive formation was applied in the second half for Blackpool. But yet again the young and outnumbered side were left picking the ball out of the back of the net almost immediately after the restart. At 5-0 Rochdale didn’t seem to be letting up and with a series of numerous short corners Rochdale converted another 3 chances practically back to back.
But Blackpool weren’t done yet. They lifted their heads and went on the attack. With some great wing play between Ollie Tomlinson and Kieran Ablett leading to a square ball for Halstead to only put wide. This attack gave a boost in confidence to Blackpool and a searching long ball from captain James Smith saw a deflection from Tomlinson found Halstead who then went onto run half the length of the pitch for a very well worked solo goal.
The Rochdale chances seemed to lessen and Blackpool remained as strong as possible but in the last 20 minutes Blackpool were bombarded with another 4 Rochdale goals. 11-1 full time and Blackpool will not want to be reminded of this score line.