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Blackpool (2) 6 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

NPower Championship 2012-13

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Referee: N Miller

Manager: Ian Holloway

Bloomfield Road 15:00

Attendance: 14,266

Manager: Paul Jewell

Match Number: 3464


 Aaron Cresswell (og) (12)
 Gary Taylor-Fletcher (45)
 Thomas Ince (48)
 Thomas Ince (57)
 Craig Cathcart (61)
 Nouha Dicko (90)


Kevin PhillipsNouha Dicko (55)
Angel MartinezAlberto Noguera (57)
Gary Taylor-FletcherMatthew Phillips (62)


 Alex Baptiste (20)
 Michael Chopra (31)



Matthew Gilks

Stephen Crainey

Neil Eardley

Alex Baptiste

Craig Cathcart

Tiago Gomes

Isaiah Osbourne

Angel Martinez

Kevin Phillips

Thomas Ince

Gary Taylor-Fletcher



Mark Halstead

Ian Evatt

Matthew Phillips

Ludovic Sylvestre

Barry Ferguson

Alberto Noguera

Nouha Dicko

Match Report

Tom Ince dazzles as Blackpool blast six against Ipswich to stay top

Ian Holloway said he will win the fight to hang on to Tom Ince after the midfielder produced an all-star showing in Blackpool's 6-0 romp against Ipswich Town.

Michael Laudrup is thought to be keen to bring Ince to Swansea before the window shuts at the end of this month, but after watching Blackpool maintain their 100% start to the Championship, Holloway made clear his desire to frustrate the Dane.

Ince scored twice as Blackpool won their opening three league games of a new season for the first time since 1991, and Holloway said: "He took his goals terrifically well and he's come on leaps and bounds for us over the past year.

"The transfer deadline doesn't bother me because he's got his dad [Paul Ince] who understands what is best for him. He knows that Tom needs games to develop and he's at a very good place at Blackpool to do that. I had a conversation with his dad and he wants his boy to stay here.

"When we brought him in I was asked to nurture him and to look after him and that's something I'm grateful for.

"I think the scoreline flattered us to be perfectly honest. They were as good as any side have been here for quite a while and in the first half there was nothing between us.

"They gave a good account of themselves and I think they will have a really good season. They used the ball well and gave our back four problems in the first half.

"I wasn't happy at half-time and I had a word with them at the break because the midfield got it wrong. They didn't understand when they had to press and win the ball back and we allowed them too much possession in front of us."

After an own goal from Aaron Cresswell, Ince set up Gary Taylor-Fletcher for his side's second before coming out in the second half to score two of his own and take Blackpool's lead to 4-0.

Craig Cathcart added another in the 62nd minute before Nouha Dicko popped up for an injury-time strike to heap further embarrassment on the travelling fans.

Paul Jewell was understandably frustrated after seeing his Ipswich side wave the white flag. "It feels as bad as a 6-0 defeat can get," he said. "For the first 44 minutes we were very good and I certainly didn't see that coming at that point. We had as much possession as them but probably didn't do enough with it. The second goal was decisive; if you go into half-time at 1-0 then you never know what might happen.

"Even at 2-0, the third goal is decisive but we made too many basic mistakes. I can't blame them on us having a young side because mistakes were made by more senior players.

"We were caught on the counterattack too many times. We left ourselves short in midfield and they hit us on the break time and again. It wasn't as if they had concerted amounts of possession.

"I can't take anything away from Blackpool; they were ruthless in front of goal and took their chances well.

"They've had the same group of players together for a long time now and you can tell in the way that they play."

The Guardian

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