Blackpool suffered the familiar feeling of being eliminated from the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle on Tuesday night, this year at the hands of League Two Northampton Town.
The Seasiders, who are without a League Cup win since 2009, were blown away during a frantic first half hour from the hosts, which saw them race into a three-goal lead.
Chris Hackett opened the scoring for the impressive Cobblers and Dominic Calvert-Lewin quickly doubled their lead, before Sam Hoskins made it an uphill task for Neil McDonald’s side with the third.
The visitors did miss a number of presentable chances of their own, most notably through Jack Redshaw and Kwame Thomas, but it was to prove a grim evening at Sixfields Stadium.
It started badly from the off for Blackpool and they enjoyed two major let offs within the space of a minute early on. First Hoskins’ deft touch directed the ball onto Kyle Letheren’s post, before Calvert-Lewin watched his header bounce off the top of the crossbar.
The big striker then headed wide, before the breakthrough finally arrived through Hackett. The winger latched onto a low cross and watched his deflected strike trickle past Letheren.
And Pool’s miserable start to the contest continued on 24 minutes when a ricochet directed the ball to Calvert-Lewin, and the striker was allowed to swivel and fire home the second.
It was to get worse for McDonald’s men on 29 minutes, when Hoskins picked up on a loose ball and rolled his effort into the bottom corner beyond Letheren.
It took 32 minutes for The Seasiders to carve out their first opportunity of the contest, but Redshaw failed to get a clean connection on Thomas’ cross and the chance was gone.
Half Time: Northampton Town 3 Blackpool 0
After the interval, which McDonald used to bring Henry Cameron and Bright Osayi-Samuel off the bench, Town continued their intensity and Letheren got down low to deny Joel Byrom, after a training ground routine.
The manager opted to make his third substitution before the hour mark, with Connor Oliver replacing José Cubero. And soon after Thomas wasted another golden opportunity when he miscued from Cameron’s cross.
At the other end substitute John-Joe O’Toole headed at Letheren, while Cameron tested Ryan Clarke for Pool.
In the dying stages Osayi-Samuel fired wide and Rickey Holmes shot at Letheren, but neither opening would alter the outcome.
Full Time: Northampton Town 3 Blackpool 0