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Posted Sat 01 Nov 14 at 17:00 PM

Report: Blackpool 0 Ipswich 2

A change in management failed to have the desired effect for Blackpool, as The Seasiders had a familiar sinking feeling after Ipswich Town left Bloomfield Road with all three points.

A goal in each half saw The Tractor Boys comfortably claim the win and leave Pool rock-bottom of The Championship.

David McGoldrick stroked home their opener amidst calls for an offside flag, before Daryl Murphy slammed home Town's second after the break.

The hosts created little in the final third and the job on Lee Clark's hands was highlighted by an abject performance.

The new manager's Blackpool opener had barely begun before he was thanking the woodwork, as Stephen Hunt's free-kick cannoned back off the crossbar, and Teddy Bishop hit the rebound wide.

It was the visitors causing all the early problems, Bishop was involved again soon after, looping a header wide of the mark.

The hosts remained a threat going forward, and the recalled Nile Ranger should have done better when set up by Ishmael Miller.

However on 27 minutes The Tractor Boys edged ahead, as Bishop's miss-hit shot found McGoldrick perfectly placed in the six-yard box to stroke home their opener, as offside protests were turned away.

From there on the game entered a lull, with neither side creating any clear-cut chances.

It meant Ipswich went in for the break ahead, with their fortunate strike separating the two teams.

Half Time: Blackpool 0 Ipswich 1

After the interval Blackpool improved, and debutant Charles Dunne saw his swerving effort palmed away by Bartosz Bialkowski.

At the other end Murphy headed over from a corner, while Ranger headed a Donervon Daniels centre wide moments later.

Around the hour mark Clark made his first change of the contest, with Joan Oriol being replaced by Francois Zoko.

And thankfully for the hosts when a glorious chance fell the way of Hunt, the midfielder could only fire into Joe Lewis' side netting.

But they weren't so lucky moments later when Bishop danced his way through the Blackpool defence before finding Murphy well placed to side-foot home Town's second.

Clark acted by brining on Andrea Orlandi for Dunne, and Andre Blackman for Nathan Delfouneso soon after.

However Ipswich were now in control, and should have further cemented the result when substitute Conor Sammon slipped an effort wide.

With a minute remaining Pool's afternoon was summed up, when Daniels blazed over the bar from the edge of the box.

Captain Tony McMahon attempted to force a late consolation, but Clark was condemned to a first defeat as Blackpool boss at Bloomfield Road.

Full Time: Blackpool 0 Ipswich 2

By Mark Ridgway

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