GALLERY: Blackpool 2 Ipswich Town 3
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Blackpool v Ipswich: Ipswich Town secured their first away win of the season in dramatic fashion at Bloomfield Road – Daryl Murphy heading home a corner deep into stoppage-time for a 3-2 victory.
It had looked like it would be heartache for the Blues after Steve Davies had grabbed a leveller against the run of play just as the match entered four minutes of added time.
Mick McCarthy’s men went straight up the other end though and deservedly grabbed all three points as Murphy’s header crept under keeper Matt Gilks.
Super subs Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor were both on target as the Blues came from behind in a scintillating second half display.
The Blues – without Tommy Smith (international duty), Paul Anderson (groin) and Aaron Cresswell (suspended) – had produced a wholly uninspiring first half performance and trailed 1-0 at the break thanks to Stephen Dobbie’s 23rd minute header.
The damage would have been greater had it not been for Dean Gerken’s superb one-handed save from Bobby Grant.
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Blues boss McCarthy had seen enough and made a rare double half-time substitution, bringing on Nouble and Taylor for Luke Hyam and Jay Tabb.
He abandoned his favoured 4-4-2 system and switched to a 4-3-3 formation, David McGoldrick playing in an advanced central midfield position.
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Ipswich were transformed and immediately got on the front foot, building up a momentum that the hosts simply could not deal with.
With the front three of Taylor, Nouble and Daryl Murphy interchanging, and McGoldrick bombing on in support from midfield, Ipswich suddenly looked threatening.
The leveller arrived in the 65th minute. McGoldrick span Dan Gosling deep in his own half before powering his way past Angel and putting Nouble clear with a well-weighted through ball. Coming in off the right hand side, the former Wolves man still had a lot to do. He managed to check back past one defender and finish at the near post with a fine outside of the boot effort.
Only one team looked like scoring again, Ipswich finally getting their noses in front in the 84th minute thanks to another piece of brilliance.
This time it was Taylor coming in off the right surrounded by three players on the angle of the box. A step-over opened up half a yard of room, with a crisp left-footed shot – executed with virtually no back lift – fizzing into the bottom left corner.
It was his first goal for Ipswich after an injury-hit 15 months at the club and showed just why Paul Jewell paid £1.5m for his signature.
Then came the late drama.
Town, who have dropped 14 points from a winning position this season, looked to have thrown away another big chance when a half-cleared ball was returned, leaving sub Davies with time and space to finish.
Ipswich refused to give in though and went straight up the other end. Debutant Stephen Hunt – on for the injured Christophe Berra towards the end – hit a shot that looked destined for the top corner, only for Gary Mackenzie to divert it over with his head.
Taylor delivered the resultant corner and Murphy’s header somehow crept under the body of Gilks to send the away fans delirious.
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IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Skuse, Chambers, Berra (Hunt 72), Mings; Edwards, Hyam (Taylor 46), Tunnicliffe, Tabb (Nouble 46); McGoldrick, Murphy.
Subs: Loach, Veseli, Hewitt, Wordsworth.
BLACKPOOL (4-4-1-1): Gilks; Bishop, Broadfoot, Mackenzie, Orr; Ince, Golsing, Angel (Chopra 86), Grant (Tyson 75); Dobbie, Fuller (Davies 68).
Subs: Warner, Blackett, Zeegelaar, Delfouneso.
Referee: Iain Williamson