Walters relishes Blackpool challenge

JONATHAN Walters says that he loves playing at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool and that he normally does well there.A goal or two from the man who signed an extended Ipswich Town contract last weekend could be just what the Blues need to break their away-day Coca-Cola Championship hoodoo.

JONATHAN Walters says that he loves playing at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool and that he normally does well there.

A goal or two from the man who signed an extended Ipswich Town contract last weekend could be just what the Blues need to break their away-day Coca-Cola Championship hoodoo.

“I have always enjoyed my games at Bloomfield Road,” said Birkenhead-born Walters.

“And I have always done well there in reserve games or whatever.


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“I am looking forward to going back, and fingers crossed it will prove to be my lucky ground again.”

Walters, who could play up front alongside Alan Lee or Pablo Counago, but is more likely to stay as a wide midfielder will be meeting up again with Blackpool boss Simon Grayson.

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“I was at Blackburn when Simon Grayson was a coach there - so I know him well,” added Walters.

“We know we need to improve our away form - starting at Blackpool.

“It is obvious what is at stake and we don't want to throw away our great position. We have a wonderful opportunity to go on and make a serious promotion challenge.”

Danny Haynes was in superb form in the last two home games and if he retains the same confidence levels he will be a handful for the Blackpool defence.

Town defender or midfielder Matt Richards has rejoined Brighton on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old, who was an unused Ipswich substitute in their game at Coventry on December 29, is now back training with the Seagulls.

Richards, who spent three months at the Withdean Stadium earlier in the season, has made 167 Town appearances and is contracted to the Blues until June 2009.

Brighton manager Dean Wilkins said: “I'm delighted Matt has chosen to return. He played an important part in our unbeaten run before Christmas. The supporters are obviously well aware of him and I'm sure they will be equally delighted to see him return.”

Possible squads

Blackpool: Rachubka, Barker, Evatt, Gorkss, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher, Jorgensen, Flynn, Hoolahan, McPhee, Burgess, Welsh, Fox, Jackson, Morrell, Vernon.

Ipswich Town: Alexander, Sito, Bruce, De Vos, Wright, Haynes, Garvan, Miller, Legwinski, Williams, Walters, Counago, Lee, Supple, Wilnis, Clarke, Peters, Harding, Rhodes.

Referee: Mr M Pike (Cumbria)

N (SQUARE) TOWN'S Under-18 and Under-16 games at Chelsea tomorrow have been postponed by the Premier League club.

What do you think? Has Matt Richards made the right decision to return to Brighton? Write to Sports Desk, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or email starsport@eveningstar.co.uk. Please include your full name and address.

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Ipswich Town record at Blackpool

October 28 1961 (Division 1) 1-1 Phillips 19,773

August 20 1962 (Division 1) 1-0 23,305

October 19 1963 (Division 1) 2-2 Baxter, Hegan 14,666

August 21 1967 (Division 2) 0-0 19,634

November 28 1970 (Division 1) 0-2 Hill, Viljoen 13,048

August 30 1978 (League Cup) 2-0 10,029

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