Northampton Town’s wait for a win in the League One relegation battle was extended as they lost 3-0 at Blackpool.
The visitors had created chances in the first half, only for Armand Gnanduillet to put the hosts ahead late in the first half.
Second half goals from Sean Longstaff and Jimmy Ryan then sealed three points for the home side, and meant Northampton’s first game since sacking Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ended in a fourth straight defeat.
With four games to go of the League One season, Northampton are second bottom of the League One table and are 4 points from safety. Their next match sees them travel to bottom side Bury, who are a further 10 points behind.
Both sides had first half chances, with goalkeepers Joe Lumley and Richard O’Donnell called on to keep out attacks. Viv Solomon-Otabor and Ryan had strikes blocked for the hosts, while the visitors saw efforts from Kevin van Veen and Chris Long denied.
But it was Blackpool who would be first to take one, with Gnanduillet side-footing the ball into the back of the net.
The home side then had more of the ball after the break, and would gain further rewards. The hosts hit the post and had a further strike cleared off the line before a long-range strike from Longstaff hit the back of the net, and the home side then wrapped up the points through Ryan’s deflected free-kick.