|Blackpool 2 v 1 Ipswich Town|
SkyBet League One
Saturday, 29th February 2020 Kick-off 15:00
|Sindre94 added 17:15 - Feb 29|
Sindre94 added 17:15 - Feb 29
Mullet added 22:22 - Feb 29
The Seasiders kicked into the wind first and managed to win a trio of corners early on. The final one was caught by Holy and Town pushed ahead with their own attack. There was little in the way of descriptive football. Garbutt had his own corner which he overhit past an expectant box. It was the first of many set pieces Town failed to make anything from.
Ipswich seemed to enjoy having the wind behind them and launched some tidy play from the back, via the midfield. Keane broke the lines for the first time and Sears found Huws at the back post. The Welshman would have had a tap in had he been a yard quicker or the ball a touch more favourable.
Town’s keeper had lots of chances to keep the OPTA boys busy today and took the opportunity to register a shot off target from a goal kick. The Czech’s bouncer beat Maxwell and the bar much to the amusement of the thousand or so away fans. It was no surprise that the Blues were less effective the neater they kept it, both in the conditions and context of a game where a win was vital.
Bishop was either cutting in on instinct or instruction, but given the lopsided way in which this Frankenstein team lumbered tactically today who knows for sure? When he did get sent on the outside, he clattered the boards in a moment of theatre. We all thought the man of glass with lots of class was done for a second, but he rose again to encouraging noises.
Ipswich’s lone striker was isolated too often due to his better runs only being picked up by the opposition. When he did get a shot off it was more out of hope and frustration, giving the away side the look of a team closing in on a goal but not threatening it enough. Down the left hand side we were getting forward in straight lines, on the other, players overlapped awkwardly or both retreated and advanced into channels without taking the chance to cross when it presented itself.
The manner in which Town conceded was extra galling, given it came from the left.
Garbutt appeared to showboat in no man’s land, he went where the ball did not. Downes charged to the rescue when Huws had it under control. Toes were stood on, Downes’ poked the ball free and the on loan Tangerine who locals had raved about in the pub, popped up to place it under Holy and inside of his post. Who else? What else? “Lambert sort it out” was who and what.
Sears broke clear thanks to good work from those around him more than once. He was denied a shot each time. When he bore down on a good save from Maxwell it seemed clear he had his heels wiped out from behind. Both legs went up, all of him came down. Goal kick. In the lower leagues the revolution is still not televised.
By the end of the half Town looked diminished. Shrugs, grumbles and stronger dissent blew across the pitch like the detritus that filled the goalmouth Town would be shooting towards next. It was as familiar and confusing as anything else this season or this game.
No wonder when we had just watched Gary Madine get hit in the face by the ball, win a freekick, then see Chambers given a drop ball instead from which Town did nothing with.
The second half started fittingly non-descript for a seaside Town in off-season setting. The rare flashes and cheap architecture which battled to be noticed amid the grey and shut down, were rarely memorable.
So when Town took a step back into contention, it was worth looking twice much like Will Keane did. Finding himself closed out on the righthand side of the box, he dummied and feinted until he saw Sears in the right place and picked him out with a ball across. The winger reverted back to a striker and beat Maxwell finally. The fans and players celebrated like you do when someone shows he’s still got it after a serious injury. The game was back in the balance. The Seasiders’ advantage expunged.
Downes went back in the book in the most typical way possible. Winning a foul, he shoved his assailant and saw both a card and the ref’s arm swing the other way to award him the free kick. Rehearsing for the rest of the week, he soon went missing down the tunnel.
Dobra and Judge came on as incredibly early substitutes for Bishop and Downes. The young Albanian on the right and the Irishman through the middle, meant Town kept what little shape they had and no smoother feel to their play. Both sides had makeshift and uncomfortable looking right backs, both sides had strikers flanked by midfielders who didn’t quite know what they were meant to be or do. Neither side looked good for a win.
Holy had seen plenty of action inside his box and as the game went on, he decided to see what life was like outside of it. Thinking, he was not. More than once he chased down an overhit through ball or under hit back pass. One time he was lucky that merely being a giant was enough to bounce the on-comers away. Another incident meat he needed rescuing at the corner flag to avoid conceding again.
However, when he was pinned back to his line, he caught gleefully from Madine (via the woodwork) in a move which looked a certain soft goal. At the other end Keane could only steer a header over from glancing at the paciest of corners, or force a save from a greater distance or more acute angle.
Whilst Judge and Dobra were contrastingly effective in the build up play, it was the senior midfielder who was unlucky not to see a near post effort squirm past the keeper. When Lambert made his final substitution, it was again the front three he looked to replenish. Keane gave way to the hulking young Simpson.
Immediately eye-catching, he appears well beyond his years in every sense. A physical specimen who can run at and through players, a left foot that is more than refined enough to trap and release a ball in wet conditions and a ten minute bow which suggests he is yet to look out of place in this league.
Town worked well enough in playing simple passes in the hosts’ half, but at the back only neatening corrections from Earl and Chambers, occasionally Skuse really improved possession which looked too shaky and unsure, far too many times today.
It was little surprise that Town would press for a winner, and it was once again Sears who was clean through. A smart dink over the top, and what was clearly a very smart save denied him. Maxwell doing just enough to divert off his foot mid-move and deny him a second.
That was all Blackpool needed. A hoof forward had seen Judge clear out a threat into row Z. However, this time the ball came down the right and at the near post Nuttall proved the super sub. Capping his half an hour bow with a header which took all the plaudits, points and point out of everything.
Town collapsed on and off the field once more. Some looked at their feet like Freddie did, some mouthed obscenities like Alan did, some looked at each other like Skuse and Chambers did. Everyone was soon looking at Lambert.
One whistle more was replaced by many. Players and fans ambled over towards each other, like teenagers unsure if the engagement would be reciprocated kindly. The management team followed a little way behind, as questions were forming like the changing tide on moving sand.
Can you hear them? The outsiders looking in, they who told us, are competing to be heard amongst the common denominators within the fanbase. Somewhere underpinning the heartbeat of the cacophony, the death rattle replaced the drum, “allez” gave way to V-signs and ominous clapping the players off. Lambert needs to do more than knock on wood, as today’s game was yet another nail driven in. Blackpool. What a place to drown.
chorltonskylineblue added 17:21 - Mar 1
Bishop looked well off the pace, although out of his preferred position.
Sears ran out of gas.
Dobra was a bright spark when he came on. Caused their defence lots of problems on both sides. Deserves more game time.
We dominated large parts of the 2nd half, but were dire in the 1st half. We shouldn't have been 1-0 behind at the break and should have been more adventurous. I'm at a loss to see any gameplan or strategy whenever I see us play. Even a poor Blackpool team had one.
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