A hat-trick from Nathan Delfouneso helped Blackpool to a resounding 5-0 victory against play-off chasing Bradford City at Bloomfield Road.
The forward, recalled to the side, hit two of his goals inside a swashbuckling first 30 minutes of the match where The Seasiders raced into a 3-0 lead. The other came from Viv Solomon-Otabor.
Delfouneso then completed added his third and Pool’s fourth in the second-half, with Sean Longstaff then adding gloss to the scoreline.
The first meaningful effort of the game came from Bradford’s Shay McCartan, who picked up the ball 22-yards out and watched his strike just fizz wide.
Blackpool soon went up the other end and took the lead, though. Viv Solomon-Otabor did well to hold the ball up down the left before finding Colin Daniel, who swung a cross into the box that Nathan Delfouneso volleyed in, despite ex-Pool ‘keeper Colin Doyle getting a hand to it.
That lead was quickly doubled, as Viv Solomon-Otabor was rewarded for some individual brilliance. The winger got the ball down the left, turned inside two Bradford defenders and slotted into the bottom far corner.
Clearly confident, Pool continued to push for further goals and watched strikes from Jay Spearing and Jimmy Ryan cleared away. Solomon-Otabor then came close to scoring his second and the team’s third, with a rasping 20-yard drive grazing the top of the bar.
The third goal came just before the half-hour mark, as Colin Daniel charged down the left and cut the ball back for Delfouneso to tap in his second of the game.
Bradford, desperately trying to get a foot back in the game, almost pulled one back courtesy of Blackpool. Colin Daniel’s attempt at a clearance ended up being hacked away from the line by Jay Spearing to avoid an own goal.
Half-Time: Blackpool 3 Bradford City 0
The visitors made a double change at the interval, introducing Kai Breunker and Tyrell Robinson for Nicky Law and Omari Patrick. It led to them getting a bit of momentum in the opening stages of the second-half, with Breunker seeing a header saved by Lumley.
At the other end, skipper Jimmy Ryan had a chance to increase Blackpool’s advantage when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box, however he fired his low effort straight at Doyle.
Simon Grayson’s side then came agonisingly close to a goal when Curtis Tilt’s clearance cannoned back off Robinson and just missed the net.
Jimmy Ryan set Kyle Vassell free for what would prove to be Blackpool’s fourth of the afternoon in the 70th minute. The move finished in Nathan Delfouneso completing his hat-trick with a header, though Kyle Vassell remained down in back play after colliding with Bradford’s Romain Vincelot.
Straight after the goal Vassell was substituted and replaced by Mark Cullen, who marked his first home appearance since facing MK Dons in August.
It didn’t take long for Cullen to be involved in the action, as he made a nuisance of himself challenging Colin Doyle for the ball. The ‘keeper was unable to fully claim and that allowed Sean Longstaff the chance to tuck the ball away for Blackpool’s fifth.
A shot from Callum Cooke was pushed away by Doyle in the sixth of seven minutes added time, which proved to be the final action of the match.
Full-Time: Blackpool 5 Bradford City 0