10 October 2020 18:39
Ratings: How the Ipswich Town players performed in their 4-1 win over Blackpool Ipswich Town beat Blackpool 4-1 at Bloomfield Road this afternoon. Ipswich Manager Paul Lambert at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Ipswich Manager Paul Lambert at Blackpool. Some good moments for the Czech today with a solid stop from Gary Madine and some excellent work with ball at feet, moving Ipswich out from the back. He was left on the floor as he looked to keep Madine out as a cross caused trouble, while a couple of nervy moments under crosses once again.
The skipper will rightly be on a high as he makes his way home to Suffolk tonight, having opened the scoring in style. He could easily have fired Gwion Edwards' cross into the stand as it sat up inside the box but he got over the ball superbly and fired an excellent effort into the back of the net. Defended well and also played a great cross-field pass for Edwards' second of the afternoon. Gwion Edwards celebrates his second goal at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Gwion Edwards celebrates his second goal at Blackpool.
The defender saw plenty of the ball early on as Ipswich looked to find openings to move out from the back and, despite a couple of loose efforts, used it well. Madine was a handful but Nsiala coped with him superbly, winning his headers, tracking runners well and making a handful of good blocks. Another solid display from the Welshman as he continued his good partnership with Nsiala. Luke Woolfenden has a job on his hands if he wants to get back into the side. New signing Keanan Bennetts on his debut at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd New signing Keanan Bennetts on his debut at Blackpool. He was tested early on and did well amid pressure from CJ Hamilton and played a little safe on the ball at times while still having good moments in possession. He played a big part in the second goal as he won back possession and drove inside to help create Edwards' strike. The fact the ball spent so long in the air meant it took a little while for Town's pass master to get into this game but, when he did, he was able to help Ipswich move the ball around the pitch well. He played an excellent pass into the feet of Oli Hawkins, in the lead up to the opening goal and put his foot in to tough tackles on a number of occasions. Gwion Edwards makes the game safe with his second goal at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Gwion Edwards makes the game safe with his second goal at Blackpool. Jon Nolan's calf injury opened the door for the Welshman to start and, while he put himself about and added a bit of grit to the midfield, he looked a little rusty on the ball. A few passes went missing in either half, as he gave away possession, but he competed physically and made good clearances towards the end. Teddy Bishop celebrates making the first half score 3-0 to Ipswich at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Teddy Bishop celebrates making the first half score 3-0 to Ipswich at Blackpool. The midfielder had a couple of early runs and hit the deck under heavy tackles, too, before coming on strong towards the end of the opening period. He showed good vision to feed Edwards for the second goal before showing what he's all about his team's third by driving at the Blackpool defence and finishing from the edge of the box. Back into the side on the right flank and played with good discipline, linking up well with Chambers. He was decent on the ball but great in the tackle throughout this contest, winning the ball back in tough situations on a few occasions. Luke Chambers fires a searing shot on target to give Ipswich a first half lead at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Luke Chambers fires a searing shot on target to give Ipswich a first half lead at Blackpool. Another game, another goal for the Welshman, who was lining up on his favoured left flank. We saw exactly what he's capable of from there just after the half hour mark as he helped win the ball back then cut inside to shoot on his right foot. The roles were reversed for Town's fourth as Chambers' lovely crossfield ball allowed Edwards to touch beyond Jordan Gabriel and cut inside to finish again. A solid display from the central striker who never lacked effort or willingness to try and win aerial balls during his hour on the pitch. He was involved in Town's first two goals, with his neat touch off allowed Town to spread the play in the lead-up to Chambers' strike before his little dummy gave Edwards space to work his way inside to shoot. Teddy Bishop under pressure at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Teddy Bishop under pressure at Blackpool. Had a couple of moments where more composure could have created better openings but his introduction was a positive one. On for his Ipswich Town debut and, while he didn't have too many opportunities to run with the ball, he was able to come inside off his right flank and shoot wide. Gwion Edwards celebrates making it 2-0 to Ipswich at Blackpool. Picture Pagepix Ltd Gwion Edwards celebrates making it 2-0 to Ipswich at Blackpool. Ipswich boss Paul Lambert hailed a job well done by his side after they swept aside Blackpool at Bloomfield Road to move to the League One summit. The Tractor Boys had the game all but won by half-time after strikes from Luke Chambers, Gwion Edwards and Teddy Bishop in a blistering first 45 minutes. Gary Madine pulled one back on the hour but Edwards' second settled the outcome as the visitors came away with a 4-1 win to continue their unbeaten start to the season. "I thought we were brilliant, it was a great performance," Lambert said. We're definitely a real threat, there are a lot of good things to look at. "Luke (Chambers) is playing really well and it was a great move for his goal. "Gwion (Edwards) looked a real threat cutting in from the left and his two goals were excellent." Town sit a point clear at the top following their fourth win from five matches this season but Lambert was keen to ensure his side keep their feet firmly on the ground. "I actually thought we were the better team for the first 10-15 minutes and the first time they (Ipswich) got into the penalty box they scored. To be 3-0 down at half-time was tough to take because, for very large period of the half, I thought we were the better team." Critchley's half-time team talk appeared to have an effect, with Madine reducing the arrears and seeing another effort well saved by Tomas Holy as Blackpool fought hard to get back into the contest. "I thought our response in the second half was excellent," Critchley said. He (Chambers) won't hit any goals like that again in his career. "I wanted us to show that we were hurting in the second half and I thought we did that." Three first-half goals effectively decided this encounter in Blackpool, and it was an almost a faultless first 45 minutes for the visitors who dominated play, once they took the lead, with a wonder strike from Town captain Luke Chambers who took the ball on a half volley and then thumped it into the net from the edge of the penalty area. That was after just 16 minutes and on 36 minutes the Blues increased their lead when Gwion Edwards ran into the box before expertly sliding the ball home, giving Pool keeper Maxwell little chance. Bishop found himself in space midway inside the Blackpool half and drove forward with conviction. He then curled a low shot inside the right-hand post and out of reach of the desperate Maxwell, who was clutching at thin air, as the ball nestled into the back of the net. In the second half, Ipswich did what they have done so many times before and that was to take their foot off the gas. it was to prove costly once again because after 60 minutes Madine pulled a goal back for the home side when there was some confusion at the back, which led to a close-range strike that appeared to changed the balance of play. Blackpool then became much more assured going forward and the Tractor Boys attitude of sitting back when in a very good position began to be tested to the full. The fifth goal was always going to be pivotal, and it came when Luke Chambers sent over a fantastic long-range pass that found Gwion Edwards in space and his technical ability was superb, as he controlled the ball in one movement and pushed forward into the penalty area, before expertly guiding the ball beyond Maxwell. Town brought on Jackson and Bennetts for the closing stages and had the chance to score more but all things considered, this was a very satisfying result for the visitors who now sit proudly back on the top of the League One table. Blackpool: Maxwell (captain), Gabriel, Robson, Anderson (Williams 76 mins), Yates, Madine, Ward, Turton, Ekpiteta, Hamilton, Garbutt. Ipswich Town: Holy, Chambers (captain), Nsiala, Wilson, Kenlock, Dozzell, Huws, Bishop (Bennetts 68 mins), Judge, Edwards, Hawkins (Jackson 58 mins).