Jake Beesley scored his first start with two goals, while CJ Hamilton scored one and converted another as Blackpool swept a defensively woeful Birmingham City in the sunshine at Bloomfield Road.
Beesley brought home a low cross from Hamilton after just three minutes as the Tangerines dominated the first half, with the Blues the architects of their own downfall.
Hamilton charged a second after the Blues gave the ball away in midfield before Kenny Dougall made it 3-0 from a penalty corner, as the visiting defense dozed off.
Beesley scored his second shortly after halftime when Birmingham couldn’t convincingly handle a corner kick.
Although Ivan Sunjic recovered a goal, Jerry Yates’ late penalty and Callum Connolly’s 35-yard strike completed Blackpool’s pass to their first win in six games to increase the pressure on Blues boss Lee Bowyer.
Having squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Coventry on Good Friday, the Blues’ defensive limitations were again mercilessly exploited as the Tangerines built a two-goal lead in the first quarter of an hour.
First, Hamilton tormented Onel Hernandez down the Birmingham left before driving his low cross to the edge of the six-yard box, where Beesley slid past Nico Gordon.
Jordan Graham then carelessly shoved the ball downfield from the sideline directly to Dougall. He fed Hamilton, who looked back into his marker to get past Zach Jeacock at his near post.
That led Blues boss Bowyer to a change of formation, with Hernandez deployed at the tip of a midfield diamond, and it wasn’t long before he mustered his best chance when captain Troy Deeney, who made his first start in three months after the injury, he had a header well saved by Chris Maxwell.
The visitors’ underbelly was exposed again soon after, this time from a quick short corner routine, when Dougall reacted faster than the Blues’ static defense to head in Charlie Kirk’s cross. That set off more torrents of boos from traveling fans and an impromptu team meeting led by Deeney.
Blues started the second half a little better, with Lyle Taylor forcing a clever save from Maxwell, but it wasn’t long before Beesley grabbed his second when Blues failed to properly clear a corner and Beesley finished off the rebound after Jeacock saved the ball. Connolly shot.
With a simmering atmosphere at the other end threatening to boil over, Birmingham belatedly got down to business when a beautiful pass from Deeney at the half put Hernandez clear down the left, and his cut was deflected by Sunjic.
Beesley came close to his hat-trick, but saw his header hit a post before Yates added a fifth from the spot after Taylor fouled Gary Madine, and Connolly hit a glorious free kick from 35 yards.
It completed a miserable Easter for Birmingham, who have conceded 10 goals in two games to fall to a third loss in a row, as their dismal season comes to a desperate end.
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Match ends, Blackpool 6, Birmingham City 1.
End of the second half, Blackpool 6, Birmingham City 1.
Goal! Blackpool 6, Birmingham City 1. Callum Connolly (Blackpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool) has been fouled in the opposite half.
Foul by Ryan Woods (Birmingham City).
Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool) hits the crossbar! against shot with the right from outside the area. Assisted by James Husband.
Gary Madine (Blackpool) has been fouled in the backcourt.
Foul by Marc Roberts (Birmingham City).
Failed attempt. Scott Hogan (Birmingham City) header from the center of the box that goes high and wide to the right. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a headed pass.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Scott Hogan.
Goal! Blackpool 5, Birmingham City 1. Jerry Yates (Blackpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the center of goal.
Blackpool penalty. Gary Madine commits a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty awarded by Lyle Taylor (Birmingham City) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Blackpool. Corner committed by Zach Jeacock.
Gary Madine (Blackpool) has been fouled on the left flank.
Foul by Jordan James (Birmingham City).
Foul by Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool).
Jordan James (Birmingham City) has been fouled in the opposite half.
Substitution, Blackpool. Gary Madine replaces Jake Beesley.
Offside, Blackpool. CJ Hamilton tries a through ball, but Jerry Yates is caught offside.