Blackpool eased past Morecambe in a fierce Lancashire derby to seal a 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon.
Mark Cullen opened the scoring with a glancing header in the opening 15 minutes before Brad Potts capped a man-of-the-match performance with a second goal.
Substitute Bright Osayi-Samuel added a third late on whilst Morecambe’s consolation goal came courtesy of Anthony Evans.
A tentative yet fiery start to the encounter saw both teams have their fair share of possession before Blackpool took the initiative through Cullen’s 13th-minute header as he guided Potts’ cross from deep past a helpless Barry Roache.
Potts was proving instrumental and Morecambe were lucky not to be two goals behind when the midfielder fizzed a low cross through a packed penalty area but no one could get the vital touch.
Morecambe eventually began to show signs of life with Will Aimson making two superb blocks to first deny Kevin Ellison’s effort and then buffer Michael Duckworth’s speculative volley in the 25th minute.
The Seasiders continued to dominate however and had another clear opportunity to double their lead through Potts, who expertly controlled a through ball in the box before firing agonisingly wide.
Dean Lyness was called in to action for the first time towards the end of the first half as Paul Mullin spun his man to sting the palms of the hosts’ goalkeeper with a volley but he remained untroubled as the first half rather petered out.
Morecambe looked revitalised after the interval piling the pressure on Blackpool’s rearguard as well as playing some neat possession football.
They failed to make their time on the ball pay allowing Potts to double his side’s lead with a well-deserved goal, albeit against the run of play, when he slotted coolly past Roache to find the bottom corner.
The hosts should have had a third when Jordan Flores seized a loose ball from centre-back Ryan Edwards but his tame shot could only find the midriff of the Shrimps stopper.
The introduction of Osayi-Samuel and Armand Gnanduillet lit up a fading affair and the two linked up in the 79th minute to create yet another glaring opportunity that went to waste.
Moments later and Osayi-Samuel was the architect for another Blackpool goal, creating havoc in the box and subsequently forcing Edwards to turn the ball into his own net
The Shrimps found a late consolation soon after when calamitous Blackpool defending gave substitute Evans the opportunity to volley home from close range but it was too late to salvage anything.
Blackpool: Lyness, Aimson, Aldred, Robertson, Mellor, Potts, Payne (Black, 84), Flores (Osayi-Samuel, 67), Daniel, Cullen (Gnaduillet, 73) and Delfouneso. Subs not used: Nolan, Boney, Odelusi, Correia and Black.
Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield (Turner, 60), Edwards, Whitmore, Duckworth, Fleming (McGowan, 74), Murphy, Wildig (Evans, 79), Molyneux, Ellison and Mullin. Subs not used: Winnard, Nizic, Conlan and Turner.
Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)
Attendance: 3,453 (763)