Blackpool slipped to another heavy defeat against Bournemouth as they edge ever closer to the mathematical certainty of relegation. A Brett Pitman hat-trick along with a Callum Wilson penalty condemned the Tangerines to their 23rd defeat of the season.
Lee Clark has been vocal about being experimental with his line-up in recent weeks as he looks to see what his likely options are in League One next season and he continued with that process, playing forward Tom Barkhuizen at right-back again despite a recognised full-back Tony McMahon being on the bench.
Pitman started the rot with a solo run which he finished with a shot past Blackpool 'keeper Elliot Parish in the 10th minute before a header from close range and a drilled third effort four minutes apart completed a 39-minute first-half hat-trick. The second goal marked his 100th in Bournemouth colours including five in his last two games.
Blackpool could have conceded a penalty in the first half when Pitman went down in the box but referee Chris Sarginson waved play on. However, it took just four minutes of the second half to draw a spot-kick with Andrea Orlandi fouling Marc Pugh in the box and Callum Wilson slotted home his 19th of the season.
By now this had been too much for the Blackpool fans with about 100 of the 380 or so who travelled to the Goldsands Stadium walking out in the first half leaving the remainder to vent their fury at owner Karl Oyston along with the players with some fans rushing to the hoardings at the front to make their point clear.
Bournemouth took their foot off the pedal after their fourth and coasted throughout the remainder of the game. For Lee Clark though, the reality of the drop to League One became much starker with the former Birmingham City manager claiming that he was "drained by these results and performances" in his post-match press interviews.