Match ends, Reading 5, Blackpool 1.
Adam Le Fondre scored a second hat-trick in as many home games as Reading emphatically defeated managerless Blackpool.
The striker scored twice in a 10-minute spell in the first half, volleying in the opener before nodding in a second.
Pavel Pogrebnyak's angled effort made it 3-0, but Steve Davies's powerful drive gave Blackpool hope.
Le Fondre finished coolly for his third and Hal Robson-Kanu's 20-yard strike completed the win for Reading.
After a blistering start to the season that saw them top the Championship table in September, Blackpool have failed to win a game since November.
That poor run of form resulted in the dismissal of Paul Ince last week and his son Tom, who appears set for a move to the Premier League, was absent from the Blackpool squad at the Madejski stadium.
Reading beat Bolton 7-1 in their last home game, with Le Fondre scoring a hat-trick and the former Rotherham striker was once again in lethal form.
He took just seven minutes to open the scoring when Garath McCleary's cross took a wicked deflection and Le Fondre reacted instinctively to volley in.
Le Fondre continued to cause Blackpool problems and, after shooting wide from another McCleary ball, he scored a second.
Alex Pearce headed Jobi McAnuff's ball across goal and Le Fondre headed in.
Blackpool had offered little, with Davies's ambitious 30-yard effort hitting the side-netting.
McAnuff was denied by goalkeeper Matt Gilks after racing through as Reading continued to press, and a third arrived soon after the break.
Kaspars Gorkss's header found Le Fondre, who in turn released Pogrebnyak and the Russian beat Gilks with a low effort.
Davies rifled in from 30 yards for Blackpool just after the hour but it was only a brief moment of relief as Le Fondre dinked over Gilks to complete his hat-trick.
Substitute Robson-Kanu then fired in from outside the area late on as sixth-place Reading sealed a victory that moves them four points clear of Ipswich.
Reading boss Nigel Adkins:
"Adam's three goals were just exceptional. It was a good team performance all round and there was a good level of consistency.
"A lot of that is down to being able to pick the same team for four matches in a row for the first time since I've been here. So it's no great surprise that we're now becoming more consistent.
"We've had a lot of players injured for a long period of time but we've got a good group of lads who are having a right go for each other. It bodes well for the remainder of the season."
Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson:
"I don't think you can play, captain and manage. I think it's better for me to take the team from the sidelines.
"I've still yet to find out what my situation is going to be. I don't know at the moment.
"It's a tough job management, in general, but apart from the result tonight, I really enjoyed it."
- 17GorkssSubstituted forHectorat 85'minutes
- 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 74'minutes
- 11McAnuffBooked at 76minsSubstituted forBlackmanat 78'minutes
- 18OsbourneSubstituted forMartínez Cerveraat 45'minutes
- 8ChopraSubstituted forTysonat 58'minutesBooked at 59mins
- 23EcclestonSubstituted forHallidayat 45'minutesBooked at 69mins
- 31Martínez Cervera
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Reading 5, Blackpool 1.
Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.
Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).
Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).
Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.
Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).
Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Kaspars Gorkss.
Goal! Reading 5, Blackpool 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jobi McAnuff.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.