Blackpool’s mini-unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end, as The Seasiders lost 3-0 away to Burton Albion.
Goals from Liam Boyce, Jamie Allen and Lucas Akins secured the victory for the hosts, with Pool also left to rue the loss of Mark Howard to a suspected Achilles injury.
Donervon Daniels had handed the side a major fitness boost ahead of kick-off, having sufficiently recovered from the thigh injury sustained against Doncaster Rovers in midweek. His availability meant that Michael Nottingham was the only change to the team, with Curtis Tilt ruled out due to a hip complaint.
The Seasiders could have found themselves a goal up inside three minutes, however Chris Long was unable to connect with a glorious ball across the six-yard box from Liam Feeney.
Minutes later, that chance came back to haunt the side, as the hosts opened the scoring. Leading marksman Liam Boyce ran off his man and expertly converted Lucan Akins’ cross.
The goal completely put Blackpool on the back foot and almost led to a second for Burton. First Kieran Wallace fired narrowly wide, then Jamie Allen struck the outside of the post.
A major blow followed in the 14th minute, as Mark Howard went down awkwardly in the area. The ‘keeper had to be stretchered off and was replaced by Myles Boney, who made his first league appearance between the sticks since October 2016.
Blackpool were being harried in possession due to Burton’s effective pressing game and it was forcing mistakes all over the park.
Defensively is where The Seasiders were struggling most though, and that was highlighted in Burton scoring a second. Jamie Allen’s shot slipped through Myles Boney’s grasp and was adjudged to have crossed the line before Ben Heneghan could head clear.
Ben Heneghan headed over from a free-kick as Blackpool pushed to get back in the contest, while a powerful strike from Jordan Thompson was claimed at the second attempt by Bradley Collins.
Half-Time: Burton Albion 2 Blackpool 0
After the interval, the hosts continued to pick Blackpool off defensively and went close to a third in the 50th minute. Will Miller ran down the left, cut inside his man and forced Boney top tip his effort over the bar.
Matty Virtue found space to chest the ball down in the area and fire at goal, only to be off target with his attempt.
Prior to the hour mark, Blackpool opted to introduce Joe Dodoo off the bench. The on-loan Rangers man replaced Chris Long up top. Nya Kirby soon followed as Blackpool’s final change of the game, taking the place of Jordan Thompson.
Despite those changes, things got worse for The Seasiders. Lucas Akins towered above his man from a corner and nodded in to make it 3-0 to the home side.
Unable to muster a response, Blackpool switched to a back three for the final 15 minutes but still couldn’t create any chances of note to test Bradley Collins in the Burton net.
Armand Gnanduillet tried his luck from just outside the box yet couldn’t find the target. Ben Heneghan soon followed up with a header that also drifted wide.
Nya Kirby came close to reducing the deficit in the 95th minute, however he was denied by the 'keeper.
Full-Time: Burton Albion 3 Blackpool 0