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Posted Sat 06 Mar 10 at 17:40 PM

Euell Goal Enough For Victory

A second-half strike from skipper Jason Euell was enough to separate Blackpool and Ipswich at Bloomfield Road.

The striker, who made his first start in a tangerine shirt since the February away game at Sheffield Wednesday, reacted first at the far post to score the solitary winner early in the second-half.

In front of a sell-out home crowd the players once again had to acclimatise to the condition of the sandy pitch but utilised the ball better than the visitors. The game could have gone either way though had Ipswich took their chances.

Manager Ian Holloway made five changes to his side for the game against Roy Keane's Ipswich, with Euell one of those returning to captain the side. Ian Evatt, Stephen Crainey, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Hameur Bouazza all missed out through injury. Joe Martin, Rob Edwards, Stephen Dobbie and Neal Eardley were the other players to come into the side defeated at Barnsley.

It was the Tractor Boys who could have scored just before five minutes had passed, Carlos Edwards' ball narrowly missing a touch from Daryl Murphy to score.

The Seasiders then had a glaring chance of their own following a neat one-two between Stephen Dobbie and Jason Euell but the former pull back evaded everyone in the penalty area.

A great last-ditch tackle from Leroy Rosenior prevented Dobbie from actually giving the Seasiders the lead with 15 minutes on the clock. Charlie Adam floated a great ball over the top for the striker to take down and shoot before the right-back's intervention. Charlie Adam's first real effort of the game was parried away by Brian Murphy moments later.

The visitors best chance fell to Jamie Peters who weaved his way into the centre circle and forced a fine save out of Matt Gilks.

The keeper was then called into action once again on the stroke of half-time to prevent David Norris from giving the Tractor Boys the lead.

HALF-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 0 IPSWICH TOWN 0

A couple of injuries dominated the start of the second-half as both Jason Euell and Grant Leadbitter received treatment following separate incidents.

The visitors started the brighter after the interval but it was Blackpool's DJ Campbell who came closest to opening the scoring. The striker latched onto a Stephen Dobbie pass and forced a decent stop from Brian Murphy.

It wasn't long before the home side did open the scoring though, JASON EUELL lost his man at the far post to react first to a deflected Charlie Adam throw and score (53).

BLACKPOOL 1 IPSWICH TOWN 0

Daryl Murphy looked to find an instant reply for the visitors as he found the ball inside the area but a great defensive tackle from Rob Edwards prevented the threat. Another chance fell to him minutes later but this time he blazed over.

Ipswich reacted by making a double substitution, Murphy was to be replaced by Connor Wickham and Carlos Edwards by David Healy.

Roy Keane's side were now seeing plenty of the ball as they chased an equaliser but shots on target were still hard to come by. Pablo Counago was the latest player to arrive in an effort to rectify that.

The Seasiders reacted by making a substitution of their own, Billy Clarke making a welcome return from injury after a three-month absence against his former club. Stephen Dobbie was the man to come off.

A minute later on-loan Sunderland striker David Healy ran away to celebrate after a glancing header looked set to go in - but his joy was short lived as Matt Gilks just managed to keep the ball out. The Irishman then had a glaring opportunity to finally find the back of the net but blazed over.

The Seasiders were now looking to catch Ipswich on the counter as they pushed forward in numbers. Billy Clarke became the latest Pool player to have an effort but Brian Murphy gathered his effort comfortably low down. The striker then saw an acrobatic attempt land on the roof of the net.

Ben Burgess replaced Joe Martin with a minute to go as the home side looked to retain the lead.

Four minutes of added time were signalled by the fourth official and inside the first 30 seconds Jon Walters headed an effort against the bar. That was to be the last real effort for the Tractor Boys though as the Seasiders beat Ipswich for the first time this season.

FULL-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 1 IPSWICH TOWN 0

Attendance: 8,635 658 away

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