BLACKPOOL has never seen a roller-coaster like this!

Chances galore for both sides in 120 minutes of see-saw action and nine goals to record in Town's biggest ever defeat in the competition.

Three goals in the space of eight extra-time minutes from Keigan Parker (96 mins), substitute Jamie Burns (99) and Danny Coid (104) put Colin Hendry's side in the box seat after it finished 2-2 in normal time.

And their place in the next round was confirmed when Burns grabbed his second and Blackpool's sixth with 109 minutes on the clock, just four minutes after Adnan Ahmed had revived faint hopes for Town with a cracking first goal for the club.

It might well have been a different outcome had Peter Jackson's side not lost Efe Sodje for the second time this season to a needless elbowing offence just three minutes into the second half.

The red card came just moments after impressive John McCombe, with his first senior goal, had wiped out Phil Doughty's first-half header for the Trophy holders in front of a travelling contingent of around 700 fans.

Those fans could hardly believe it when, five minutes after the skipper headed down the tunnel to start a three-match ban, Danny Schofield scored a Tony Carss-style volley from 18 yards which keeper Sasa Ilic could only palm into the roof of the net.

Town's lead lasted only eight minutes thanks to a looping header from Matt Blinkhorn on 61 minutes, but Jackson's half-time team talk worked a treat this time and, after a dismal first-half show, he got some inspired play from his valiant 10.

John McAliskey had two tremendous chances to settle it inside the 90 but aimed wide after doing all the hard work, while substitutes Pawel Abbott and Akpo Sodje both went close to winning it as their strong running proved a factor towards the end.

It still took a breathtaking last-minute save from Phil Senior to deny the lively Parker, however, to force the tie into extra-time as Blackpool, who hit the woodwork four times in all, rued the missed chances of a dominant first half which finished with Danny Schofield blasting over for Town when it was easier to score.

Encouraging for Jackson were the sound displays of McCombe (who was desperately close to a winner with a header against the woodwork three minutes from time) and Steve Yates at the back, some willing running from the substitute strikers and a solid contribution from Lee Fowler, before replacement Adnan Ahmed caught the eye with a smashing goal and a cracking 30-yard drive which Ilic did well to save.

And there's more to come, I'm sure.

Man Of The Match - John McCOMBE:

WATCHED by family in his second senior start, he scored a smart goal and hit a post, but his tackle on Blinkhorn in the box with 12 minutes to go epitomised a very promising show

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HOW THEY RATED:

Phil Senior A couple of mistakes but certainly didn't deserve to let in six. Brilliant stops from Parker and Blinkhorn Rating: 6/10

Andy Holdsworth On edge after getting a yellow card, he had a tough time against Paul Edwards but played better as game went on Rating: 6/10

Anthony Lloyd Made a few anxious clearances but pushed forward well to supply some decent crosses into the box Rating: 6/10

Steve Yates Stuck to his guns when Town were reduced to 10 and was pretty solid throughout considering six goals were leaked Rating: 7/10

Efe Sodje Sent off for the second time this season for an elbow, which ultimately proved costly for his team and the fans Rating: 3/10

John McCombe Strong and effective, he not only looked the part at the back, but he scored his first senior goal and also hit a post Rating: 8/10

Tony Carss Tremendous corners for the first two Town goals and, after a poor first half, he bounced back to work really hard Rating: 6/10

Lee Fowler Did his best to inject a spark in the first half and linked well with Schofield a number of times to pin Blackpool back Rating: 7/10

Danny Schofield Scored a fabulous Tony Carss-style volley from a corner after missing a much simpler chance just before half time Rating: 6/10

Andy Booth Starved of service in the first half, he teed up a great chance for John McAliskey from which he should have won it Rating: 6/10

John McAliskey Worked hard and keen to show his skills, all he needed was a goal to cap a decent return to first-team colours Rating: 6/10

REF RATING:

COUNTY Durham official Nigel Miller was in charge of Town matches twice last season and both of them were won - thrillingly on each occasion at York City (2-0) and superbly at Northampton (1-0).

Last night, he was again quickly on the mark to make his decisions and his booking of Holdsworth and dismissal of Sodje could not be argued with. Blackpool striker Keigan Parker, however, could feel aggrieved to receive a yellow card for kicking the ball away when, effectively, he was only returning the ball to Phil Senior's arms in the box.

Blackpool: Ilic, Southern, Warhurst (Wellens 56), Parker, Coid, Blinkhorn, Wiles (Richardson 56), R Edwards, Doughty, Clare, P Edwards (Burns HT). Subs not used: Jones (Gkp), Taylor.