With promotion still lingering Blackpool could not afford to slip up! With only one substitute Blackpool needed to stay fresh and let the ball do the work. With the opening minutes it was obvious Blackpool were going to attack from the start with several chances going their way, it was not until a sublime jinking run and finish from Andrew Mortimer giving Blackpool a 1-0 lead. Chances came and went for Blackpool but they failed to capitalise on some golden opportunities to make it more, however Blackpool need not dwell on these as they played some good hockey against a resilient team. At half time it was 1-0 to Blackpool, probably a better score line to be at for Blackpool after games being a bigger deficit at half time and Blackpool becoming complacent in the 2nd half.
Blackpool started the second half well and it was 2-0 early on. The goal came from captain Marvel Simon Allen, who managed to notch up another goal for the season. Blackpool were not letting it lie at 2-0 and Simon Thomas hunted for another goal and poached to make it 3-0. The game was in Blackpool’s hands and no disrespect to Southport it was a matter of how many goals. With some controlled play by Blackpool they worked a fourth through David Wright, a “slight” miss-hit but they all count. Blackpool were running away with it and Wright made it 5-0 by placing another one into the corner. Blackpool however rued more chances late on to make it more and help the goal difference. However a Lee Bowyer- Kieron Dyer moment marred Blackpool’s performance slightly near the end of the 2nd half. A strange thing that happened for Blackpool was giving away not one but four short corners in the game as they had not conceded one in four games.
Blackpool once again moved away from the pack to stay 2nd in the league. With two games left it is Blackpool’s hands, it is theirs to lose!