Saints defeat under-strength Blackpool
An under-strength Blackpool tumbled out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle today, losing 2-0 at League One outfit Southampton.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had effectively written off his Premier League side's chances of progressing in the competition this year and made nine changes to his starting line-up.
Holloway, who has unashamedly made Premier League survival his priority, also packed the substitutes bench with members of the Seasiders' youth team.
Southampton gratefully took advantage, securing a minor shock thanks to second-half goals from Lee Barnard and Guly Do Prado. Saints took the lead on 53 minutes after Adam Lallana played in Rickie Lambert.
Lambert's effort was blocked by Blackpool goalkeeper Paul Rachubka but the ball fell kindly to Barnard, who bludgeoned in from close range.
Blackpool almost got back on level terms only for Saints goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to produce a superb save from Matt Phillips.
Brazilian substitute Do Prado made sure of the win for Saints, however, in the 88th minute, jinking inside before unleashing a ferocious shot from 20 yards that left Rachubka groping at thin air.
Southampton, the FA Cup winners in 1976, might have had a third late on when highly-rated youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cannoned a shot against the post.