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Posted Sat 12 Dec 09 at 16:56 PM

Full Time Report From Portman Road

As expected Ian Holloway made changes, Matt Gilks was restored between the posts, the back four saw one change with Alex Baptiste missing out through injury, his absence saw Neal Eardley come in at right back, Stephen Crainey at left back and a central defensive partnership of Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards who sported a fetching headband to cover the nine stitches he received at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. In midfield the influential pair of Keith Southern and Charlie Adam were dropped to the bench, meaning a recall to the starting eleven for former Watford man Al Bangura. In attack Hameur Bouazza and Jason Euell partnered Tuesday's two goal hero Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Pool got off to the worst possible start when JON STEAD fired the hosts into the lead with just 31 seconds on the clock, the front man picked the ball up on the edge of the area and fired a fantastic effort beyond Gilks into the bottom left hand corner.

Pool immediately forced a left wing corner from the restart and Ian Evatt rose the highest to meet Barry Bannan's set play but his powerful header was cleared off the line by Delaney.

At the other end the hosts forced a corner, Owen Garvan whipped one in and found McAuley but his effort was blocked by Neal Eardley.

Ipswich squandered a direct free kick on 14 minutes Al Bangura had been penalised for a foul on Leadbitter, Leadbitter stepped up and blasted the resulting free kick straight at the defensive wall.

Two minutes later Bangura was penalised for a second time in quick succession, this time the midfielder picked up a yellow card for his efforts following a late challenge on Stead, LEadbitter once again stepped up to take the resulting free kick and this time the midfielder fired straight at Gilks.

As the half wore on Ipswich with their goal advantage grew in confidence and dictated long periods of the play with Matt Gilks making several fine saves to keep the score 1-0, when Gilks was beaten the ball rebounded off the post.

However, on the stroke of half time Ipswich added a second, JACK COLBACK raced onto a great ball over the top of the Pool back four from Jon Stead, Colback sprung the offside trap to find himself one on one with Matt Gilks, the Irishman on loan from Sunderland showed great composure to firebeyond Gilks.

Half Time Ipswich Town 2 Blackpool 0

Pool began the second half a little brighter than the first half, Barry Bannan's teasing cross almost fell to Gary Taylor-Fletcher whilst Neal Eardley saw a great cross headed clear by McAuley.

Ten minutes into the second period Pool made a double change with Charlie Adam and Keith Southern replacing Al Bangura and Barry Bannan.

Two minutes later David Vaughan picked up a yellow card after he fouled Jonathan Walters who had threatened to break clear of the Poolo defence.

Charlie Adam threaded a great ball to Gary Taylor-Fletcher on 58 minutes, the frontman expertly laid off to Keith Southern but the combative midfielder could only direct his finish over the bar.

Stephen Crainey became the third player in the referees notebook when he picked up a yellow card for a foul on Liam Rosenior.

Pool reduced the arrears on 67 minutes when IAN EVATT powered home a great header after David Vaughan's short corner had been expertly crossed by Neal Eardley.

Less than five minutes later Ipswich had restored their two goal advantage when GARETH McAULEY rose through a crowd that included Matt Gilks to head home Leadbitter's left wing corner.

Ian Holloway immediately threw on Brett Ormerod in place of Hameur Bouazza

Ipswich squandered a cgreat chance when Jon Walters skipped away down the right, with the defence nowhere Walters squared to Peters who blazed his finish well over.

Rob Edwards met a David Vaughan corner on 82 minutes but the centre back couldn't direct his header on goal, whilst Charlie Adam fired well wide moments later.

David Vaughan became the first Pool player to see the red card this season on 85 minutes when he was shown his second yellow card following a late challenge on Jack Colback.

Jon Stead almost made it 4-1 when he latched on to a great flick on, but despite lobbing the advancing Gilks, his finish dropped just wide.

Pool did force a corner in stoppage time, but that failed to beat the far post.

Ipswich made a couple of changes to ensure there was no comeback for the Seasiders.

The full time whistlle saw several Pool players strongly protest with the officials particularly the assistant in front of the main stand who appeared to miss a number of offside calls.

Full Time Ipswich Town 3 Blackpool 1

BLACKPOOL: Gilks, Eardley, Edwards, Evatt, Crainey, Bangura (Southern 55), Bannan (Adam 55), Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher, Euell, Bouazza (Omerod 72) Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Martin, Almond, Demontagnac

Attendance 19,831 (Away TBC)

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