Blackpool got their Leasing.com Trophy campaign up and running with a 5-1 victory at home to Morecambe.
Goals from Ben Heneghan, Michael Nottingham, Ryan Hardie, Sullay Kaikai and Joe Nuttall secured all three points in Group G, with Morecambe’s reply coming courtesy of Kevin Ellison.
Manager Simon Grayson made nine changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Portsmouth on Saturday, handing debuts to Calum Macdonald and Sean Scannell.
The Seasiders took the lead with just four minutes on the clock. Ben Heneghan, making his first start since returning to Bloomfield Road, made a well-timed run to nod in Liam Feeney’s corner from eight-yards out.
Morecambe almost equalised soon after, as Jordan Cranston rattled the inside of the post with a free-kick from distance.
It proved to be a warning side, with a leveller coming in the 22nd minute. Kevin Ellison shook off the attention of Michael Nottingham and found the net via a deflection off Heneghan.
The visitors continued to look threatening on the counter and fired a couple of efforts wayward and off target.
At the other end, Ryan Hardie opened up from 25-yards and forced a fine save out of ex-Pool stopper Mark Halstead.
Hardie’s strike partner Joe Nuttall had an opportunity of his own five minutes before the break, however he nodded wide from a corner.
Blackpool were unfortunate not to go back ahead when Michael Nottingham hit the underside of the bar with a cross, and then when Callum Guy somehow saw his powerful drive hit both posts and bounce out.
The Seasiders did re-take the lead before the interval though, with Liam Feeney’s delivery finding its way to Nottingham at the near post.
Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Morecambe 1
Ollie Turton replaced Liam Feeney for the second 45 minutes and immediately had an impact, slipping in Ryan Hardie to score his first goal for the club.
With Blackpool now 3-1 up, it took a super save from Chris Mafoumbi to prevent Cole Stockton from quickly reducing the deficit prior to the hour mark.
Nathan Shaw became the Seasiders’ second change of the night and made a decisive contribution to clear after a collision between Mafoumbi and Nottingham presented Morecambe with an opportunity.
Shaw then aimed to turn provider when clipping the ball into the box, only to see Ryan Hardie nod agonisingly wide.
Pool’s third and final change saw Sullay Kaikai get a run out in place of debutant Sean Scannell. The winger quickly got himself in the midst of the play, teeing up Nuttall for a shot that was saved by Halstead, before seeing an effort saved himself.
Kaikai, clearly determined to get himself on the score-sheet, then tried his luck from a free-kick but struck the side-netting.
As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, Kaikai finally got his goal. Nathan Shaw cut inside onto his left foot and saw his shot saved by Halstead, leaving Kaikai to pounce and make it 4-1.
The scoring didn’t end there though, as Joe Nuttall managed to grab his first for the club with a 30-yard strike in added time.
Full-Time: Blackpool 5 Morecambe 1
Team: Mafoumbi, Nottingham, Anderton, Heneghan, Macdonald, Guy, Virtue (Shaw 65), Feeney (Turton 45), Scannell (Kaikai 78), Hardie, Nuttall
Subs: Alnwick, Tilt, Spearing, Gnanduillet