Blues hope sea air will change fortunes

LIKE Coronation Street stalwarts Jack and Vera Duckworth, Ipswich Town are heading for Blackpool.But while the long-suffering Duckworth's are looking to start a new life, the Blues are hoping the sea air will rid them of the worst away record in the Football League.

Elvin King

LIKE Coronation Street stalwarts Jack and Vera Duckworth, Ipswich Town are heading for Blackpool.

But while the long-suffering Duckworth's are looking to start a new life, the Blues are hoping the sea air will rid them of the worst away record in the Football League.

Town's visit to Bloomfield Road is the latest in a long line of games - now 17 and stretching back to last March - where they have sought an elusive away victory.

And with their home form dipping with only three wins in the last seven matches at Portman Road it is imperative that points are picked up on their travels if the Blues are to maintain a Coca-Cola Championship promotion challenge.

But Blackpool boss Simon Grayson today gave Ipswich this warning: “I am confident my lads will bounce back to form tomorrow.”

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Blackpool, who Town last played in the league at Bloomfield Road in November 1970, were beaten 4-1 at Charlton last weekend.

“It was the first time any club has outclassed us, and to be able to say that 27 games into the campaign is pretty good going,” added Grayson.

“I'm very hopeful we can get back our touch.

“I seem to be saying it on a weekly basis, but Ipswich represent another massive challenge.

“They have a very good squad and a good manager.

“We're the new boys in the division, attempting to become established at this level.

“It will be a very tough test, but we have had a lot of tough tests this season and have come through most of them with flying colours.”

Blackpool picked up ten points from 12 over the Christmas and New Year period, which was the best festive return since 1984.

Stephen McPhee, a recent signing from Hull for a fee rising to £300,000, is set for his full home debut. He is set to replace Scott Vernon with the towering Ian Evatt a likely replacement for club captain Michael Jackson.

Ipswich have been linked with midfielder Wes Hoolahan, who is valued at £1.5million and attracted enquiries from Wolves and Sheffield United.