Batting Point At Ipswich For Blackpool
14th February 2009 - 15:00
The Seasiders came away with a very credible point from Ipswich after a dull 1-1 draw at Portman road.
A wonderfully crafted goal scored by Alex John-Baptiste gave 'Pool a one nil lead on the half hour mark. The defender thumped his effort past the Town 'keeper from inside the penalty area.
And AJB's day got a whole lot better when he cleared off the line for the 'Pool seconds after the restart.
But that was cancelled out minutes later when Town midfielder Tommy Miller found the corner of Matt Gilks' goal to level the scores.
Ben Thatcher and David Vaughan were both given yellow cards by the referee towards the end of the first period.
Roy O'Donovan went close just after the Blackpool goal, but his side-footed shot was easily saved in the end by Richard Wright in the Tractor Boys' goal. The winger will have also counted himself a little lucky not to be in the book after a string of fouls, and was eventually cautioned just after half time.
Moments before the half time whistle, Danny Haynes crashed a shot just past the Blackpool post - an effort Gilks probably wouldn't have reached.
The second period didn't offer much in terms of excitement or quality - the best chance coming for Jon Stead who fired over.
Pablo Counago also had a header cleared brilliantly off the line by David Fox.
DJ Campbell was put clean through on goal with 20 minutes remaining by GTF, but just as he was pulling the trigger Alex Bruce came across to tackle heroically to save the day.
A 19,000 strong crowd were quiet throughout - obviously anxious that their team are not performing well - and this didn't help the spectacle with Jim Magilton's team slightly nervous in front of their own supporters.
But overall, a throughly deserved point for a battling Blackpool who continue their superb form away from Bloomfield Road.
If only the tangerine's could match their away form at home then they'd be a force in the top half of the division, but with nearly everyone around us losing today, a point is a good result.