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Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert hails football as 'first class' as Blues regain top spot with 4-1 victory at Blackpool




Paul Lambert was particularly impressed with the quality of goals and football on show as his Ipswich Town team cruised to a 4-1 win at Blackpool.

The three points at Bloomfield Road saw the Blues' become the only unbeaten side left in the division after five games and sent them back to the top of the Sky Bet League One table.

Captain Luke Chambers opened the scoring with a stunning strike from the edge of the box, with a lovely left-footed finish from Teddy Bishop then sandwiched between two low finishes from Gwion Edwards.

Ipswich Town players celebrate a goal during their 4-1 victory at BlackpoolPicture: ITFC (42642171)
Ipswich Town players celebrate a goal during their 4-1 victory at BlackpoolPicture: ITFC (42642171)

"I thought we were incredible, particularly in the first half," boss Lambert told iFollow Ipswich.

"The goals we scored were brilliant and we looked comfortable.

"The guys are confident and in good form. We dealt with a little spell at the start of the second half but never looked in trouble.

"What a strike that was from Chambers and it's very encouraging that goals are coming from all over the pitch."

Winger on emphatic victory in Lancashire

Welsh winger Edwards was impressed with how clinical Town were in front of goal.

The Welshman notched two at Bloomfield Road, taking his tally to four in the league this season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers scores a stunning goal at BlackpoolPicture: ITFC (42642169)
Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers scores a stunning goal at BlackpoolPicture: ITFC (42642169)

Chambers and Bishop were also on target for Blues - who scored their four goals from nine shots.

"Everyone did well today," Gwion told iFollow Ipswich.

"All over the pitch we were strong. We kept the ball, we were patient and we were clinical.

"It's important to take your chances and we showed that today - I've put two away and the goals from Bish and Chambo were fantastic. Taking your chances makes things so much easier.

"A win like this on the road fills you with confidence as well. We're growing in confidence so we need to keep improving.

"No one will get carried away but you need to celebrate these wins. We'll enjoy the moment and the weekend and come Monday get back to work and focus on the next one."

Match report

Town returned to winning ways in League One with a clinical away performance at Blackpool.

A sublime half-volley from Luke Chambers alongside well-taken strikes from Gwion Edwards and Teddy Bishop saw Town run riot in the opening 45 minutes with three first-half goals.

Gary Madine pulled a goal back 15 minutes after the break but Edwards completed his brace 10 minutes from time to secure the points.

Town made three changes to the side who drew 1-1 at MK Dons a week earlier with Stephen Ward (knee) and Jon Nolan (calf strain) missing out through injury while Freddie Sears dropped to the bench.

Myles Kenlock, Emyr Huws and Alan Judge came into the starting XI in their respective places.

Toto Nsiala was on hand to deny Madine as the hosts looked for an early goal, blocking the striker's low drive from the edge of the box.

Chambers gave Town the lead with their first real attack, half-volleying into the top corner from just inside the box from Edwards' deep cross.

Blackpool looked for an instant response , with Jerry Yates' near post header being deflected wide of the mark.

Former Town man Grant Ward then saw a shot blocked by Andre Dozzell with just under half an hour played.

Edwards doubled Blues' lead 20 minutes after Chambers' opener. Oli Hawkins did well to leave Bishop's pass for the Welsh winger, who cut inside before drilling a low shot past Chris Maxwell.

Bishop looked like he may grab another assist moments later after playing in Hawkins but the Town striker blazed over under pressure from Marvin Ekpiteta with appeals for a penalty waved away.

Instead, Town's attacking midfielder extended the lead himself as he drove at the Blackpool defence before curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Paul Lambert is the Manager of the Month for September. Picture: ITFC (42625224)
Paul Lambert is the Manager of the Month for September. Picture: ITFC (42625224)

Jordan Gabriel was booked for a rash challenge just before the break for the frustrated home side.

As expected, the hosts came out for the second half fired up and saw plenty of possession early on, with Kenlock going into the book for dragging down CJ Hamilton.

Blackpool pulled a goal back on the hour mark, Madine firing past Tomas Holy from close range after the ball dropped to him inside the six-yard box.

Edwards nearly grabbed his second and Town's fourth just two minutes later. Bishop, who was scythed down by Keshi Anderson at the cost of a booking after the move, started the counter attack before playing the ball out wide to Kayden Jackson. Jackson's cross found it's way to Huws who saw his shot blocked before Edwards' deflected shot fell just wide of the bottom corner.

Madine continued to be the Seasiders' biggest threat, glancing a front post header across the six-yard box with 15 minutes remaining of a half where Blues' defence was tested.

Lambert's side still looked dangerous on the counter and could have put the game well and truly to bed a few minutes later but Keanan Bennetts - making his Blues debut from the bench, curled just wide with a sweetly struck left-footed strike.

Edwards did just that with 10 minutes to go at Bloomfield Road, expertly beating Gabriel with his first touch from Chambers' cross-field pass before racing into the box and smashing a low shot past Maxwell.

Blackpool: Maxwell (C), Gabriel, Turton, Ekpiteta, Garbutt, Robson, Ward, Anderson (Williams 76), Hamilton, Madine, Yates.

Subs: Sims, Thorniley, Mitchell, Kemp, Antwi, Lubala.

Town: Holy, Chambers (C), Nsiala, Wilson, Kenlock, Dozzell, Huws, Bishop (Bennetts 69), Judge, Hawkins (Jackson 57), Edwards.

Subs: Cornell, McGuinness, Woolfenden, Lankester, Sears.

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