Blackpool were knocked out of the Leasing.com Trophy with a 3-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe United.
Goals from Kevin Van Veen and a brace from Abo Eisa ensured the visitor’s safe passage, despite a Joe Nuttall goal in the second half to make it 2-1.
A quiet opening few minutes were sparked into life by the visitors when Kevin Van Veen scored for Scunthorpe. A clever lay off by his strike partner, Lee Novak, opened up the Seasiders defence, with Van Veen picking up the loose ball and firing past Howard on 11 minutes.
Scunthorpe soaked up a good amount of pressure and doubled their lead on 25 minutes with a well worked goal from Abo Eisa. The forward cut inside well on the left and drilled an effort low into the far corner to make it 2-0.
Minutes later Ryan Hardie had a good effort from distance for Blackpool, just dragging it wide of Jake Eastwood’s far post.
Joe Nuttall then had a half chance to score from a corner in added time, but his effort went over the goal with the visitors taking their 2-0 lead into the half-time interval.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Scunthorpe United 2
It was a slow start to proceedings from both sides in the second half and Simon Grayson made a triple change after ten minutes, bringing on Delfouneso, Kaikai and Virtue to try and change things.
Kaikai stung the palms of Jake Eastwood in the Scunthorpe goal minutes after coming on with a good effort from distance, but the goalkeeper managed to tip it away.
Curtis Tilt then did well on 67 minutes with a volley from inside the area following a corner kick, but Eastwood saved well again.
With 20 minutes remaining, Blackpool deservedly halved the deficit thank to Joe Nuttall’s second goal in as many games.
A lovely bit of play from Delfouneso and Thompson on the left hand side allowed the former to open up and try an effort from the corner of the area. Eastwood saved well, but the ball fell straight to Nuttall who fired into an empty net to make it 2-1.
Just moments later, Callum Guy was shown a second yellow card for an apparent handball on the far side.
Blackpool struggled to find the all important equaliser being a man down and in added time Abo Eisa grabbed his second and Scuthorpe’s third of the game by rounding Mark Howard and slotting into the net to ensure the visitors safe passage into the next round and knock Blackpool out at the last 32 stage.
Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Scunthorpe United 3
Team: Howard, Bushiri, Edwards, Hardie (Kaikai, 56’), Scannell (Delfouneso, 56’), Thompson, Tilt, Turton, Nuttall, Guy, Macdonald (Virtue, 56’).
Subs: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Husband, Weston.