Rowan Roache scored twice, with Will Dunne and Emil Jaaskelainen getting on the scoresheet as Blackpool defeated Walsall 4-1.
Walsall started the better side, maintaining possession of the football. However, they were unable to create any real chances that threatened the Blackpool goal.
Ben Jacobson had the first real chance of the game. Blackpool’s captain connected with a header from Rowan Roache’s corner kick, which saw Walsall ‘keeper, Brandon Ganley, make a smart save to his left.
Ganley was soon beaten though, with Rowan Roache opening the scoring. Nathan Shaw went down the left, playing a ball to the edge of the box along the floor, with Roache, playing in a deeper midfield role in the game, firing a shot into the bottom corner.
Will Dunne then made it 2-0 soon after. He pounced on a short back pass from the Walsall defence, and calmly slotted the ball past Ganley to double the lead.
Just five minutes later and the lead was extended again. Rowan Roache got his second of the game, from the penalty spot. The spot-kick was awarded after Nana Adarkwa went down the right and his cross was clearly stopped by a defender’s arm inside the area.
Emil Jaaskelainen then made it four just after the half-hour mark. It was another short back pass from the Walsall defence, with the Blackpool striker slotting the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 4-0.
Walsall quickly made two changes with eight minutes to go in the first-half, before Fin Sinclair-Smith brought another good save out of Ganley.
Half-Time: Walsall 0 Blackpool 4
The second-half started like the first did, with Walsall seeing a lot of the ball. Harry Winstanley was shown an early yellow card for a cynical foul as the hosts attempted to counter attack.
Will Avon then made two crucial blocks to keep the score level, with Blackpool’s next attack leading to a Brendan O’Brien header going straight into the goalkeeper’s arms.
The visitors then made two substitutions in quick succession, with Sean Graham and Tom Williams coming on for Nana Adarkwa and Emil Jaaskelainen.
The 68th minute saw Walsall get a goal back, as Dylan Parker ran through and slotted past Craig Thordarson, giving the hosts a slim chance of a comeback.
It was not to be, though, as Blackpool saw out the remaining 20 minutes before taking home the three points.
Full-Time: Walsall 1 Blackpool 4
Team: Thordarson; Jacobson (c), Avon, Winstanley; Adarkwa (Graham 62’), Roache, O’Brien, Shaw (Maddox 73’); Sinclair-Smith; Jaaskelainen (Williams 65’), Dunne
Unused Subs: Simson, Watkinson