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Report: Ipswich Town 2 Blackpool 0

6 February 2021

Blackpool suffered a league defeat on the road for the first time since the start of January, in a 2-0 loss at Ipswich Town.

Alan Judge and Luke Woolfenden's efforts were enough for the hosts who took all three points on a wet afternoon at Portman Road.

Alan Judge had the first effort for either side on ten minutes. The Ipswich man did well on the left to win the ball and take a shot from just inside the area, with the strike taking a slight deflection before hitting the side netting. Nothing came of the eventual corner.

Sullay Kaikai won a free kick on the left hand side on 25 minutes, after a foul from Luke Matheson. James Husband’s fantastic cross in evaded everyone and fell kindly to debutant Elliot Embleton, but the on-loan Sunderland man couldn’t connect his head well to it, and it went out for a goal kick.

Embleton, who was looking impressive in the opening stages, then had a well-hit strike saved from Tomas Holy in the Ipswich goal on 35 minutes. The shot was parried by the goalkeeper with no one there on the follow-up to bundle it home.

The hosts took the lead just before the interval, however, with Alan Judge finding the back of the net. A cross-field pass from Myles Kenlock found Judge on the far side in plenty of space to take a touch and run at goal, unleashing a powerful shot from just outside the penalty area and finding the back of the net to give Ipswich a slender lead at half-time.

Half-time: Ipswich Town 1 Blackpool 0

The Seasiders found themselves 2-0 down minutes after the restart. A corner kick was whipped in, with Jerry Yates invertedly flicking the ball to the back post and Luke Woolfenden was there to head the ball home to double the hosts lead on 48 minutes.

At the other end, some nice link-up play between Jerry Yates and Sullay Kaikai gave the latter some space for a half shot at goal, but the effort went over.

As the match went on, Blackpool were struggling to break through a resolute Ipswich backline. Demetri Mitchell made a run on the left to find a cross, but he was adjudged to be offside.

In the final ten minutes, Freddie Sears had the space in the area to make it 3-0, unleashing a first-time strike at goal, with Jordan Gabriel sliding in superbly to block the effort which was heading for the goal.

In the final few moments, the referee had to be substituted, with the linesman on the far side taking over officiating duties for the final few moments. Despite the seven minutes of added time, the Seasiders couldn't claw their way back into the game and were condemned to defeat on the road.

Full-time: Ipswich Town 2 Blackpool 0

Team: Maxwell, Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, Husband (82’ Garbutt), Stewart, Dougall (82’ Ward), Virtue (61’ Mitchell), Kaikai (72’ Simms), Embleton (82’ Lubala), Yates.

Subs Not Used: Sims, Turton.

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