Report: Blackpool 0 Walsall 4
Neil McDonald’s Blackpool suffered an afternoon to forget at Bloomfield Road, as new League One leaders Walsall romped to a 4-0 victory.
The Seasiders’ lack of threat in the final third was a recipe for disaster against the in-form Saddlers, who extended their unbeaten start to the season.
Romaine Sawyers opened the scoring with a trickled effort, but it was after the break when their domination began to tell on the scoreline.
Tom Aldred’s own goal was just the start, as Sam Mantom and Sawyers added salt to Pool’s wounds on another frustrating afternoon.
In what began an entertaining affair, both sides threatened early on, first Henry Cameron’s sweetly-struck effort didn’t curl enough to trouble Neil Etheridge, before Sawyers almost capped a fine Walsall move but fired wide.
After hitting the woodwork a week ago, David Ferguson then fancied himself from a free-kick at similar range, but curled into the North Stand. With the away end incensed at a refereeing decision, Aldred was next to come close, heading Cameron’s free-kick over.
However, within seconds in-form Walsall took the lead slightly against the run of play. Sawyers latched onto a through ball from Jason Demetriou and prodded beyond the onrushing Kyle Letheren.
Following the goal Pool heads dropped and they could have been further behind had Jim McAlister not scrambled Mantom’s effort off the line.
Five minutes before the break Jack Redshaw made space for himself, but curled his effort wide of the mark. At the other end Mantom fired wide before the referee brought the half to a close.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Walsall 1
After the break Walsall continued to hold the upper hand and Rico Henry volleyed wide from a well-worked corner. And they were rewarded for their positive start with the crucial second goal, when Aldred bundled into his own net.
McDonald reacted by making a double substitution around the hour-mark, with Jose Cubero and Kwame Thomas replacing Brad Potts and Redshaw.
However, the dangerous Tom Bradshaw, who proved a handful all afternoon for Pool, tested Letheren with a stinging effort. And he came even closer seconds later, watching his snap-shot cannon back off the post.
Blackpool misery was compounded on 68 minutes, when Mantom was left unmarked at the back post thump a header beyond Letheren. Jarrett Rivers was then thrown into the action for his debut, replacing Bright Osayi-Samuel.
However, the goals just kept coming for Walsall, Sawyers claimed his brace by firing home spectacularly into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Letheren did at least thwart Saddlers leading goalscorer Bradshaw with a fine one-handed save, while in the closing stages two Aldred headers were kept out by Walsall stopper Etheridge.
But the action came to a close with Blackpool well beaten and rooted to the bottom of League One.
Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Walsall 4