Pool 1 Norwich City 3
Norwich, assembled at a vast cost compared to Blackpool, were prepared to bide their time and wait for the home side to make mistakes.
After an indifferent opening period Norwich scored from their first corner of the game.
A quick counter-attack caught Blackpool short at the back and the home side managed to block two shots before conceding the corner.
Fatally they left Dion Dublin free at the near post and he had the easiest of opportunities to turn in Luke Chadwick's cross.
Dublin became the villain four minutes later and was lucky to stay on the field when he chopped down Paul Rachubka as the Pool keeper was ushering the ball out for a goal-kick. Dublin got a yellow card for what was a crude challenge.
Both sides threw on attackers in a bid to break the deadlock after the break.
Wes Hoolahan caused a lot of problems for the City defence including a shot which hit the post, but as the game went on he tended to over-elaborate.
On 73 minutes Blackpool's substitute Keigan Parker gave away possession cheaply in midfield. Blackpool conceded a corner and this time it was Martin Taylor who was left unmarked and he steered a header into the bottom corner.
City grabbed their third a minute into injury time when Dublin ended a breakaway move with a decisive low drive.