PLAYER REACTION: Carlos Edwards accuses Town of giving Blackpool too much respect as Michael Chopra apologises to fans

Blackpool v Ipswich: Carlos Edwards believes Ipswich were guilty of showing too much respect to undefeated league leaders Blackpool.

The Town skipper also described the Seasiders’ second goal – Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s goal just before half-time making it 2-0 – as a sucker-punch.

But Edwards, typically, was making no excuses for a dire display that saw the Blues concede four goals in 13 minutes either side of half-time and eventually lose 6-0.

He said: “First half, we got a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time. We were coping well, but in the second half everything came crashing down.

“We don’t want to accept it, but we have to as the scoreline says we lost 6-0.

“Fair play to them, they are a good team, but I think we gave them that little extra respect that we shouldn’t have.”

Tweeting after the match, Michael Chopra, who endured a difficult afternoon as the lone striker before being taken off after 69 minutes, said: “Would like to apologise to all the fans today bad performance need to put things right and get back to winning ways.”

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Keeper Scott Loach, who was powerless to save any of the six goals, said: “Obvs (obviously) disappointed with the result. Strangest game I’ve been involved in a while. Fair play to our travelling fans for seeing it through.”

While second half sub Ronan Murray added: “Disappointed and gutted about the result today fans were great travelling all that way!!”