Blackpool continued their fine start to the season with a 3-1 victory at Southend United, albeit with 10-men for the final 30 minutes.
A scintillating first-half of football saw the team race into a three-goal lead courtesy of Nathan Delfouneso (2) and an own goal at Roots Hall, however the dismissal of James Husband gave Southend a lifeline, with Simon Cox pulling one back for the hosts.
Manager Simon Grayson opted to name an unchanged side for the game at Roots Hall, rewarding those who got the season off to best possible start the week before.
Speaking of starts, Blackpool once again went attacking from the off and found themselves two goals up within the first 15 minutes.
The first goal was quite a fortuitous one, with Southend ‘keeper Mark Oxley unable to fully deal with a Jordan Thompson free-kick, parrying it at Harry Lennon from close range before seeing it hit the net for an own goal.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Nathan Delfouneso was slipped in down the right by Sullay Kaikai and with the keeper rushing off his line, the forward slotted the ball into the bottom far corner.
Both Kaikai and Delfouneso were looking extremely menacing for Blackpool and almost carved out a third goal for the side. Armand Gnanduillet was the recipient of the play, however a super save from Oxley denied him from getting on the score-sheet.
It didn’t take long for that third goal to come though, as Delfouneso pounced to score his second of the afternoon, firing in on the rebound after Curtis Tilt had seen an effort blocked close to the line.
Half-Time: Southend United 0 Blackpool 3
Shortly after the restart, Sullay Kaikai came close to adding a goal that his performance deserved. The winger cut inside from the left and whipped the ball towards the top corner, only to see the ‘keeper tip it onto the outside of the post.
Southend made two changes in an effort to find a way back into the game, introducing Layton Ndukwu and Theo Robinson, yet Armand Gnanduillet almost wrapped the match up with a fourth before the duo could make an impact.
Suddenly, the balance of the match then changed. James Husband was shown a straight red card for a late lunge, leaving Blackpool to see out the final half-hour with 10 men. Michael Nottingham slotted into the defensive line as a substitute for Delfouneso.
It was now about game management for the Seasiders, who soon made another change by bringing on Joe Nuttall for Liam Feeney.
However, Southend reduced the deficit with 15 minutes of the game remaining. Simon Cox looked to have got the decisive touch to give the hosts a lifeline.
Buoyed by that goal, Blackpool needed Jak Alnwick to be at full stretch to push away a rasping, 25-yard strike from Mark Milligan.
Theo Robinson then went close with a 94th minute header, yet the Seasiders managed the game out to bring the three points back to Bloomfield Road.
Full-Time: Southend United 1 Blackpool 3
Team: Alnwick, Turton, Edwards, Tilt, Husband (s/o 60), Spearing, Thompson, Feeney (Nuttall 73), Kaikai, Delfouneso (Nottingham 62), Gnanduillet (Bushiri 86)
Not Used: Mafoumbi, Pritchard, Shaw, Hardie