Once again it was the Irish duo that got the goals and ensured that Ipswich Town started the new month with a deserved win!
For Mick McCarthy there was another reason to celebrate and the away following reminded him that his two year anniversary as boss of the blues had arrived!
The day started rather less pleasantly for the Town manager, when Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken had to be replaced by Polish reserve goalie Bartosz Bialkowski, when he damaged his groin in the warm up.
There were other enforced changes too; as both Johnnie Williams and Jonathan Parr failed fitness tests, which meant places for Teddy Bishop and Stephen Hunt, for his second game of the season.
Blackpool should have been celebrating the appointment of new boss Lee Clark but the way they began this game suggested that not much had changed. This was just as well perhaps, as reserve keeper Bialkowski looked a bit nervous having been thrown in at the deep end without any preparation!
Town dominated proceedings from the off and the only real surprise was the time it took the away side to score. Stephen Hunt had come close with a wonderful free kick that grazed the bar, as it swerved over the on looking Blackpool wall.
It took Town until the 26th minute to go in front and it was fans favourite David McGoldrick who got on the score sheet with a close range effort after Teddy Bishop had scuffed his initial attempt.
It was young Teddy Bishop who got the plaudits in the second half though when one of his trademark mazy runs delivered the ball into the path of Daryl Murphy who was able to blast the ball into an empty net from close range.
Make no mistake this was a very important three points for Town with some difficult games coming up and with us back in the winning habit we can only hope that we do not pick up anymore injuries to what is becoming a thread bare squad.
Frank Weston – Editor Vital Ipswich