GUS HAILS HIS SOARING GULLS
Blackpool have the potential for similar in their interchanging front four, but they were spilt into clear halves of front and back – a possible symptom of three managers, and thus styles, this season.
The Seasiders had previously only conceded seven goals in Paul Ince’s 11 games in charge, but Will Buckley’s eighth-minute goal opened a dam. He collected possession just inside Blackpool’s half with Stephen Crainey in close proximity. However, Crainey stood-off, maintaining his distance until Buckley could curl a shot inside the far post.
The second goal was the first to bear the Spaniards’ imprint. Orlandi’s corner came back to him. He crossed beyond the back post where Dean Hammond headed into the middle and Matthew Upson easily scored.
The third oozed quality. López bent a return pass to Orlandi around his standing leg to take three defenders out of the game and his compatriot finished with an equally gorgeous shot with the outside of his foot.
53 seconds after half-time López timed his run to meet Buckley’s lay-off and lift a shot over Matt Gilks via Kirk Broadfoot’s deflection.
Blackpool were briefly revitalised by Hammond’s own goal, but then Kazenga LuaLua weaved one way and the other and crossed for Barnes to flick in a smart finish.
And López and Orlandi combined once more for the sixth, the latter crossing for Barnes’ easy finish.
Ince said: “We looked leggy – maybe two games on our pitch in four days didn’t help the cause against a very, very good Brighton side.
“We didn’t get to grips with it. We were second-best all over the park, which is unlike us.
“If we were getting beaten by fours and fives every week then there’d be an issue, but we can look at this and say it’s a bad day at the office.
“I said to the players to ‘be disappointed but since I've been here you’ve been fantastic’ and that’s shown in the results.”
THREE AND EASY: Andrea Orlandi scores Albion’s third goal on the day
ALL SMILES: Matthew Upson scores to make it 2-0