The Club website's Becky Murphy takes a closer look at Town's weekend opponents
The season so far
After making a bright start to the season, winning five of their first six games and drawing one, Blackpool now find themselves sitting in 16th position in the Championship table with a run that has not seen them taste victory since November 30, when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0.
With Paul Ince relieved of his duties in January, Barry Ferguson took over as interim player-manager and the 36-year-old has tried to stamp his mark as he makes the transition from pitch to dugout. Despite not securing a win since last year, the Tangerines did pick up a point last time out against promotion chasing Nottingham Forest, with a late equaliser from Andrew Keogh securing a share of the spoils against Billy Davies’ side.
Last seven league games:
Town Wins- 3
Last time at Portman Road
Town 1 Blackpool 0
February 16, 2013
Town’s Championship survival hopes were given a major boost after edging a narrow game against the Seasiders, thanks to Michael Chopra’s late goal. The striker came off the bench to latch onto a long ball forward, before showing good strength and composure to shrug off Alex Baptiste and fire low into the bottom corner to ensure a huge win.
Players to watch
The obvious choice is that man again, Chopra. Despite only making four first-team League appearances this season, the striker and former Town man will no doubt want to put in a performance against his former employers, if given the nod to start by Ferguson. A proven goal scorer at this level, the 30-year-old is always a threat in the final third.
Another player to keep an eye on will be Seasiders’ ‘keeper Matt Gilks. The Scottish international has started every game for Blackpool this season and, not for the first time, has attracted Premier League admirers with his performances. The 31-year-old, who’s contract is up at the end of the season, will have to be on top of his game to keep out Town top scorer, David McGoldrick.
Last time they met
Blackpool 2 Town 3
Saturday, November,9 2013
Daryl Murphy scored a dramatic late winner to secure all three points for the Blues and see Mick McCarthy’s side claim a first away win of the season. Despite a slow start to the game from both sides, it was the hosts who struck first, with Blackpool’s Stephen Dobbie on hand to break the deadlock in the first-half. A double substitution at half time from the boss had a positive affect as Ipswich pressed forward with Town equalising through Nouble, before then taking the lead through Taylor, his first in a Blue shirt. Blackpool however thought they’d rescued a point when Steven Davies scored in the final minute but the drama wasn’t finished there as Town secured the win deep into injury time as Murphy headed home.