BLACKPOOL'S fans chanted 'Can we play you every week?' as Town were toppled for the second Saturday in succession.

The Tangerines, 1-0 winners in the FA Cup at the Galpharm seven days earlier, had too much pace and power for Peter Jackson's side in this League I clash at blustery Bloomfield Road.

Town, again playing 4-1-4-1, badly missed the bite of suspended skipper and anchor midfielder Jon Worthington as home side Pool three times swept upfield to score.

And it could have been four had centre-back John McCombe not pulled off an excellent sliding goalline clearance to prevent Keigan Parker netting what would have been his second on 47 minutes.

Parker had notched the opener on 26, and Town conceded a second, to Keith Southern, after 30.

Town's 1,612 followers (out of a total attendance of 7,414) had to put up with the most basic of facilities at the only half redeveloped venue.

But at least they had something to cheer, and some hope to go with the much-needed interval bovril, when Gary Taylor-Fletcher poked home his ninth goal of the season in first-half stoppage time.

However Andy Morrell made it 3-1 with a well-taken 60th-minute strike, and hard as they toiled, Town were unable to decrease the deficit.

It was a shame they couldn't make more of some excellent inswinging corners from teenager Joe Skarz, who again looked accomplished at left-back, with an 85th-minute goalline block by Morrell from Andy Booth preventing a frantic finale.

After Adrian Forbes had played Parker through for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Matt Glennon, Skarz made a valiant attempt to block.

But it was over the line by the time he got to it, and both ball and player ended up in the back of the net.

Play had been pretty even before the opener - Danny Schofield had a shot blocked after neat footwork on the edge of the box while Forbes headed wide from a Carl Dickinson cross - but Southern's strike put the home side more in control.

Wes Hoolahan crossed from the Blackpool left and Southern held off Taylor-Fletcher to crash home a shot off the underside of the bar and the back of out-of-luck Glennon.

Dickinson cleared an awkward Schofield cross as Taylor-Fletcher lurked dangerously in the 32nd minute, but Blackpool couldn't deny the Town man two minutes into time added on by referee Tony Bates.

Aaron Hardy's free-kick, for a disputed offside decision against Parker, was glanced on by Booth for his teammate to finish.

After the break, Town needed to take up where they had left off, but it was Blackpool who threatened first when Parker again rounded Glennon, only to take a little too long over his shot, allowing the sliding McCombe to avert the danger.

Taylor-Fletcher, soon to be pushed up front alongside Booth, poked a shot wide from Hardy's cross, then Matty Young went on a crossfield run, only to be similarly off target.

Schofield fired a 25-yard free-kick too high before Morrell made it 3-1, converting another Hoolahan cross after neat approach play by Shaun Barker and Forbes.

That was to be Blackpool's last real effort on goal, but they had done enough to secure the win which put them above Town in the table (the pair are 10th and 11th) and added to the pressure going into Saturday's home clash with Oldham.

Matt Glennon Won't be happy to have conceded three, but was left exposed for the first and last and was unlucky with the second. Rating: 5/10

Aaron Hardy Worked hard to keep tricky Wes Hoolahan quiet for much of the match. Shouldn't be too down on himself. Rating: 5/10

Joe Skarz Looked very solid in his third first-team outing. Stood his ground, passed well and put in some teasing corners. Rating: 7/10

John McCombe Looked a little hesitant at times, but produced some good tackles and a fine clearance off the line from Keigan Parker. Rating: 5/10

Nathan Clarke While his side yielded three goals, the stand-in skipper still had a decent game in the heart of defence. Rating: 6/10

Gary T-Fletcher Notched goal number nine for the season, but for much of the game, struggled to impose himself. Rating: 5/10

Michael Collins No questioning his application and tenacity, but like GTF, this wasn't one of his most telling displays. Rating: 6/10

Mark Hudson Worked hard in the defensive midfield role vacated by the suspended Jon Worthington. Rating: 5/10

Matt Young As ever, made a nuisance of himself and also put in some reasonable crosses, but to no avail. Rating: 5/10

Danny Schofield Dallied too long over his ninth-minute effort, inviting the block, and is struggling for his best form at the moment. Rating: 5/10

Andy Booth The old campaigner gave it 100% in the lone frontman role and got a good flick-on for Town's goal. Rating: 6/10


Evans, Barker, Dickinson, Southern, Jackson, Evatt, Forbes (Burgess, 76mins), Fox (Jorgensen, 87mins), Parker (Vernon, 90mins), Morrell, Hoolahan. Subs not used: Tierney, Edge. Cautions: Morrell, Fox, Dickinson.