Blackpool 5, Bristol City 0 (full time)
BLACKPOOL 5, BRISTOL CITY 0
Angry Bristol City fans called for manager Keith Millen to go after seeing their team humiliated on the road at Blackpool.
City's heaviest defeat of an increasingly disappointing season leaves them rooted in the npower Championship relegation zone and heaps further pressure on Millen, whose side has won only once in 10 games.
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City gave a good account of themselves until Gary Taylor-Fletcher swept the home side in front on 37 minutes.
Signed on loan from Liverpool in midweek, Jonjo Shelvey marked his debut with a stunning goal direct from a free kick in the 66th minute and substitute Daniel Bogdanovic added a third seven minutes from time as confidence drained from the visitors.
And to make matters worse for Millen, Brett Ormerod and Bogdanovic added further goals in time added on to complete a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Robins.
City manager Keith Millen again showed he is not afraid to make tough choices, dropping veteran keeper David James to the bench and leaving experienced striker Jon Stead out of the squad altogether. That meant a recall for Dean Gerken and City's popular stopper showed he was up the task by rushing from his line to deny Craig Sutherland a goal-scoring opportunity.
Otherwise, there was little to interest a sun-drenched crowd during the opening 15 minutes as the two sides cancelled one another out.
If confidence had been undermined by the 3-2 home defeat to Reading, City's players did not show it and they were quite prepared to pass their way through midfield with wingers Albert Adomah and Jamal Campbell-Ryce to the fore.
Adomah almost profited from a slick inter-change of passes between Nicky Maynard and Brett Pitman, only for Ian Evatt to use his strength to muscle the Ghana international off the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box.
Sutherland appeared Blackpool's most likely source of a goal and, on one of the rare occasions when City's defence was stretched, the quick-silver forward angled a shot just wide of Gerken's left-hand post.
With manager Ian Holloway serving a touchline ban and consigned to the stands, the Seasiders were strangely subdued and it was the visitors who were playing with the greater purpose.
Adomah sent a speculative effort over and Neil Kilkenny, a driving force in the centre of the pitch, tested Matthew Gilks with a well-struck shot that bounced awkwardly for the keeper.
Blackpool fans were finally given some encouragement on the half hour mark, Alex Baptiste raiding forward and unleashing a stinging drive which dipped just over the cross bar. Gary Taylor-Fletcher then got the better of Ryan McGivern and whipped in an angled shot that flew inches too high as the home side came to life.
Although City continued to see more of the ball and worked their way into some promising situations, their final pass lacked the quality to hurt the Seasiders and strikers Maynard and Pitman extracted precious little change out of centre-backs Ian Evatt and Craig Cathcart.
Second from bottom of the table and under pressure to return with a positive result, the last thing City needed was to fall behind. But that is what happened on 37 minutes, Gerken failing to hold Jonjo Shelvey's powerfully-struck shot and Taylor-Fletcher following up to sweep the loose ball into an unguarded net from 10 yards.
In fairness to Gerken, he was not helped by a deflection which caused Shelvey's initial shot to swerve horribly.
City tried to respond and Adomah ran onto Kilkenny's through ball to beat Gilks with a neat shot that found the corner of the net, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. Although City fans protested, it was the right decision.
The visitors came close to equalising four minutes before half time, Kilkenny's corner kick finding Pitman, whose fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area drew a fabulous one-handed save from Gilks.
At the other end, City's habit of switching off nearly cost them again when Barry Ferguson surged into space behind the centre halves and sent his shot over when, at the very least, he should have worked the keeper.
City boss Millen made a double substitution at the start of the second half, withdrawing left-back McGivern and left winger Campbell-Ryce. Martyn Woolford took up a position on the left of midfield and Spence slotted in at right back, allowing Louis Carey to move to the centre of defence alongside James Wilson and Nyatanga to replace McGivern on the left of the back four.
City were still coming to terms with the change when they received a let-off, veteran marksman Kevin Phillips firing wide of an open target after being put clean through by Sutherland.
But it was only a matter of time before the home side scored again and the goal that gave Holloway's men breathing space arrived in the 66th minute, Shelvey ramming in a powerfully-struck free kick from 35 yards, the ball bouncing once on it's way into the corner of the net.
Substitute Woolford had an opportunity to reduce the arrears almost immediately afterwards, but dragged his shot across the face of goal when he should have done better.
And the Robins were again frustrated 15 minutes from time, Evatt making a last-ditch challenge to divert Adomah's shot behind for a corner.
Blackpool confirmed their superiority six minutes from the end, Bogdanovic meeting Brett Ormerod's centre from the right with a shot from close range which gave Gerken no chance.
Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Crainey; Southern, Ferguson, Shelvey; Taylor-Fletcher (Bogdanovic 72), Phillips (Ormerod 72), Sutherland (Ince 72).
City (4-4-2): Gerken; Carey, Wilson, Nyatanga, McGivern (Spence 46); Adomah, Elliott, Kilkenny, Campbell-Ryce (Woolford 46); Maynard (Taylor 73), Pitman.
Referee: David Webb (County Durham)