Romain Perraud scored twice to seal Southampton’s place within the FA Cup fifth spherical with a 2-1 win over Mick McCarthy’s Blackpool at St Mary’s.
The Seasiders, languishing within the backside two of the Championship, held their very own within the first half towards their Premier League opposition in what was new boss McCarthy’s first match in cost.
However they had been behind on the break after Perraud scored instantly from a free-kick, and the French full-back then prolonged his aspect’s benefit halfway via the second half earlier than Charlie Patino pulled a objective again.
The outcome ensures Southampton are one win away from reaching their fourth FA Cup quarter-final stage in six seasons.
Saturday was Saints’ second cup conflict in 5 days, having misplaced the primary leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final to Newcastle 1-0 on Tuesday and led boss Nathan Jones into making eight modifications.
Mislav Orsic was first to check Chris Maxwell as he curled an effort large of the Blackpool keeper’s left submit after 4 minutes.
Maxwell then prevented conceding an early opener when he beat Sekou Mara’s diving sort out contained in the six-yard field to clear, with the Saints striker selecting up a reserving within the incident.
The hosts had been the brighter aspect in what was a sluggish begin to the interval, with few possibilities for both opponent by the 15-minute mark.
Orsic tried to get one thing began when he latched onto a cross from the best and laid it off to Perraud, nevertheless it was too tight an angle for a shot.
It was not lengthy, nonetheless, earlier than the Frenchman netted the opener.
CJ Hamilton was booked for bringing down Samuel Edozie on the fringe of the realm, and Perraud wasted no time as he struck the ensuing free-kick instantly into the underside left of the web.
The Seasiders got here near levelling when Jerry Yates fired a composed strike at Willy Caballero, who leapt to tip it effectively excessive of the woodwork, and loved a late first-half surge however couldn’t make something from a nook or a free-kick.
Southampton survived an early second-half scare as they let Yates play Ian Poveda via on objective from the left. Caballero got here ahead to cease the preliminary try from inside the realm, however was solely in a position to block the preliminary try.
Poveda pounced on the rebound because the Saints keeper and two defenders scrambled again to the goal-line, respiration a sigh of aid when the Blackpool ahead directed his effort large.
The hosts made it 2-0 after the restart when Perraud latched onto a fast contact from Mara inside the realm and fired a left-footed strike previous Maxwell into the bottom-right nook.
Blackpool lower the deficit inside 5 minutes when Poveda fed Patino, who completed with a low, close-range effort into the bottom-left nook to disclaim the hosts a clear sheet. A fast VAR verify decided there was no offside within the build-up and the objective stood.
Substitute Theo Walcott almost made it three for the hosts when his effort from the best took a deflection off a blue shirt and bounced dangerously near the goal-line earlier than touchdown on the roof of the web.
Saints staved off the Seasiders in six minutes of added time, Che Adams blocking Callum Connolly’s nodded effort and Caballero getting his gloves on Charlie Goode’s header to wrap up the win.
Southampton’s subsequent recreation is their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at Newcastle on Tuesday, when they are going to be seeking to overturn a 1-0 deficit and attain the ultimate at Wembley. The sport will likely be reside on Sky Sports activities; kick-off 8pm.
Nathan Jones’ aspect then return to Premier League motion on Saturday with a visit to Brentford; kick-off 3pm.
Blackpool’s subsequent outing is within the Championship on Saturday, after they journey to Middlesbrough; kick-off 3pm.
Mick McCarthy then takes cost of his first residence recreation as Blackpool boss, with Rotherham visiting Bloomfield Street on Saturday February 11; kick-off 3pm.