Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Saturday March 6 2010
Injury problems and tactical switches meant it was a very different Seasiders XI from the one that capitulated to Barnsley last week that lined up against Ipswich this afternoon, with Joe Martin, Rob Edwards, Neal Eardley, Jason Euell and Stephen Dobbie all coming into the side.
However, the Seasiders played exceptionally well in the first 45 minutes on what looked to be a difficult playing surface, and perhaps should have had the three points in the bag by the half time interval.
It was the visitors who had the first chance of the afternoon though: Carlos Edwards' cross narrowly missing Daryl Murphy, who would have only had to tap the ball home.
The Seasiders than carved out a similar opening at the other end, but Stephen Dobbie's ball across the face of the goal found no one in tangerine lurking.
Dobbie then had a chance of his own after collecting Charlie Adam's lofted through ball, but Liam Rosenior got back to make a potentially goal saving challenge.
With the Seasiders beginning to dominate proceedings, it was Adam who went closest to opening the scoring next: his low drive from distance was tipped round the post by Brian Murphy.
Just before the break the Tractor Boys did give the Seasiders a taste of what was to come in the second half as Matt Gilks was forced into two great saves.
After their impressive first half, the Seasiders seemed to slip into a slumber in the second forty five and Ipswich perhaps were the better team and caused a few problems for a nervy looking 'Pool backline.
It was DJ Campbell who had the first chance of the second period, forcing Brian Murphy to parry his ball behind for a corner.
A few minutes later though the Seasiders were ahead. Charlie Adam's long throw found its way to Jason Euell at the back post, who finished smartly.
After the goal though, it was the visitors who enjoyed the best of the play as the Seasiders seemed to invite pressure on themselves with some wayward clearances.
Fortunately, Ipswich's finishing wasn't up to much, and even when it was, they still couldn't beat Matt Gilks.
Indeed, Gilks made a world class save to deny ex Nobber David Healy. There's only one word to describe it: unbelievable.
With ten minutes to go, Billy Clarke made a welcome return from injury against his former club and nearly doubled the Seasiders' advantage with an overhead kick that landed on the roof of the net.
The Tractor Boys rattled the bar in injury time as the 'Pool threw Ben Burgess on for Joe Martin, but the Seasiders hung on for a crucial three points.
Date:Saturday March 6 2010
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