Seasiders Remain Top Of The Table
A truly special second-half display from Blackpool saw them run out 6-0 winners over Ipswich Town at Bloomfield Road, and continue their perfect start to the new campaign.
Two goals from Tom Ince, an Aaron Cresswell own goal, a header from Craig Cathcart and strikes from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Nouha Dicko made it three wins out of three for The Seasiders.
It will be Ince though who’ll take many of the plaudits, as he made it four goals for the season and delivered an assist for three of the others.
It was actually Paul Jewell’s side who almost crafted the first opening of the game, when former Blackpool loanee Jay Emmanuel-Thomas broke down the left hand side and played a tempting cross along the face of goal which was cleared for a corner by Alex Baptiste.
In spite of that promising start for the visitors, Blackpool took the lead with their first serious attack, when a defensive lapse saw Ince break clear of the Town backline on 12 minutes.
The 20-year-old looked to find Taylor-Fletcher in the middle, but his cross was instead turned into his own net by defender Cresswell.
Fortuitous or not, the Tangerines looked to settle after that goal and tried to re-establish the passing game that had typified the performance against Leeds in mid-week, but Emmanuel-Thomas continued to impress. The former Arsenal man played in Lee Martin, but his low left foot shot was easily saved by Matt Gilks.
The Tractor Boys were controlling possession, but it was the home side who arguably looked the more dangerous on the break. Ince wiggled his way clear of a couple of Ipswich defenders and tried to curl a shot from outside of the area which flew wide.
Emmanuel-Thomas looked a man on a mission to score against his old club, and drew the best out of Gilks five minutes before the break. The striker found himself with enough space to launch a half-volley from 18 yards that forced the Blackpool keeper to react instantly to palm it away for a corner.
Oddly for a side in the lead, the Seasiders had yet to manage a meaningful effort on target, but that would all change when the home side doubled their lead on half-time. Angel sent Ince away down the left flank, and he made no mistake in finding Taylor-Fletcher this time around, with the 31-year-old applying the finish past Scott Loach.
Half-time: Blackpool 2 Ipswich Town 0
The second half started the way the first half finished, with Ipswich having the possession and Ian Holloway’s men getting the goals. This time it was Stephen Crainey’s turn to pick out Ince and two step-over’s later the ball was nestling in the bottom corner of Loach’s net. The -year-old required no assistance on this occasion as he swept the ball home with a left-footed shot.
Blackpool were getting in behind Town almost at will, as Crainey again found Ince who’s off-balance effort was this time gathered easily by Loach. Taylor-Fletcher then slid Kevin Phillips beyond the Ipswich defence and the striker forced a fine reaction save from the former Watford keeper.
There would be little Loach could do about Tangerines next effort on target though, as they made it 4-0 on 57 minutes. Ince stepped in from the right and launched a rocket of a left-footed strike which bounced off the post and in.
Ince was having one of the games of his young career, and the winger opted to turn provider again just after the hour. His corner was met by Craig Cathcart, who rose above the Ipswich defence to head home and make it five.
It was nearly six moments later. Ince seized on a loose header from Cresswell and saw his chip hit the post. Substitute Dicko turned the rebound into the net, but he was adjudged to have committed a foul by referee Nigel Miller.
The rest of the second half couldn’t quite live up to that start, but there was still time for Cathcart to almost add his second of the game with another header from a corner which hit the post.
It was then for Dicko to put the finishing touches to a perfect second half, as Matt Phillips ran clear of the Ipswich defence and chipped the ball past Loach. It may have been heading towards goal anyway, but the Wigan-loanee made sure by firing over the line.
Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Cathcart, Eardley, Osbourne, Gomes, Angel (Noguera 57), Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Matt Phillips 61), Kevin Phillips (Dicko 55)
Goals: Cresswell OG (12), Taylor-Fletcher (45), Ince (49, 57), Cathcart (61), Dicko (90)