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Freddie Sears (right)
Freddie Sears (right) joined Ipswich from Colchester in the January transfer window

Ipswich moved into the Championship play-off places with a dramatic victory over already-relegated Blackpool thanks to Christophe Berra's late header.

The Tangerines took a shock lead when Andrea Orlandi coolly swept home Henry Cameron's ball in from the left.

Freddie Sears volleyed in an equaliser and then slotted in a second soon after as Town looked to have taken control.

Cameron levelled for Blackpool midway through the second half before Berra headed in a late home winner.

The result means Ipswich climb up to sixth on goal difference thanks to Birmingham's victory over West Midlands rivals Wolves.

The visitors went in front with their first meaningful attack when Cameron crossed from the left for Orlandi, who kept his cool to slot home with his left foot from inside the box.

Tangerines lack a Suffolk punch
Blackpool have still never won at Portman Road in 12 attempts. They are also the only Football League side still to record an away win this season.

Luke Varney failed to convert a simple chance to level from six yards out when he headed wide from Teddy Bishop's corner.

But the home pressure told when Freddie Sears brought Ipswich level with his sixth goal since moving from Colchester in January and his 20th for the campaign overall.

Tyrone Mings nodded a right-wing free-kick back into the danger zone and the diminutive striker volleyed into the roof of the net.

Sears scored his and Ipswich's second inside four minutes when he slipped under Parish after good approach play by Daryl Murphy, Luke Chambers and substitute Paul Anderson.

As the game moved into the second half, Sears cut inside his marker only to be denied by Parish.

And the home side were made to pay for those misses when Cameron turned in Gary Madine's far post cross following a quick free-kick.

However, Ipswich kept their cool and were rewarded when Berra nodded in from six yards out at the far post from Murphy's cross.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"We deserved to win and at this moment in time it doesn't really matter how we get the three points.

"We had enough chances to win two matches. We would love to be sweeping everyone aside but we haven't done that all season.

"We now have 71 points, my best total since I've been here, but we are still nowhere near clinching a top-six spot. It is nice being back in the top six but my mantra all season has been that it will go right to the end."

Blackpool boss Lee Clark:

"I am a big admirer of Mick McCarthy and his teams so I expected a difficult game. But for us to come here and be 10 minutes away from getting a point was encouraging.

"I was also pleased with how some of our youngsters played, especially Henry Cameron who made one and scored one.

"I now need to make decisions about who will be part of the huge rebuilding job we need to do over the summer. I have told the players they are playing for their futures, whether here or at another club, and also for their wives and their children as so many are out of contract."

Andrea Orlandi
Blackpool have now gone 14 games without a victory

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3MingsSubstituted forParrat 85'minutes
  • 15VarneySubstituted forAndersonat 23'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 27Bishop
  • 18TabbSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 11Anderson
  • 12Hunt
  • 14Chaplow
  • 39Wood
  • 50Williams

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 3Maher
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'DeaSubstituted forFergusonat 32'minutes
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero LoriaSubstituted forDelfounesoat 86'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 40CameronSubstituted forOsavi-Samuelat 70'minutes
  • 24Madine
  • 11Orlandi

Substitutes

  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 25Ferguson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 34Telford
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
19,290

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Elliot Parish tries a through ball, but Andrea Orlandi is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    David Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

  8. Post update

    Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. David Ferguson tries a through ball, but Bright Samuel is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces José Cubero.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Charles Dunne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Parr replaces Tyrone Mings.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Blackpool 2. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Niall Maher (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

  19. Post update

    David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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