IAN Holloway was in no doubt that his side were second best after a hammering against West Ham.
The home side dominated the majority of the first half but only John Carew’s header separated the sides at the break.
It was West Ham’s blistering start to the second half that left Blackpool trailing in their wake as Sam Baldock scored twice and Jack Collison added a fourth with only 55 minutes on the clock.
Holloway said: “We fell well short of the level required to catch someone as good as they were today I’m afraid. Not in every department but in the important areas we didn’t get it right.”
Holloway was also quick to point out his team has changed a lot since their single Premier League campaign last year and they cannot take anything for granted.
“Blackpool has changed,” he said.
“The tower is still there. The lights are still there but the fame has gone. We were famous for one year and you have got to fight and you have to come to places like this, believe in yourself and hurt them.”
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was delighted with the display.
He said: “It has been our Achilles heel as everybody knows results-wise and today we got everything right.
“(We were) Defensively sound, quality of play in possession, quality of finishing when the opportunities arose and it’s not often I can say I’m a little disappointed that we only scored four.”
Carew showed that he still has what it takes to play in England’s top flight as he dominated the Blackpool defence from the first whistle until he was substituted late on.