Thommo: We looked flat

Blackpool's Tiago Gomes gets to the ball before Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy
Blackpool's Tiago Gomes gets to the ball before Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy
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STEVE Thompson says his Blackpool side looked flat against Ipswich on Saturday.

A second-half goal by Michael Chopra saw Pool lose 1-0 on what looks like being Thompson’s last game as caretaker boss.

And he conceded the result was probably fair.

“We seemed flat on Saturday,” said Thompson.

“The lad’s decision making on the ball has to be looked at.

“The percentage that we keep conceding goals first is scary.

“We huffed and puffed on Saturday without much quality, to be honest.”

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy hailed substitute Chopra his cool finish - his fifth goal of the campaign - came five minutes into the second half.

McCarthy saluted his player and said there was never any chance of him leaving on loan, despite approaches from rival clubs.

“Some clubs asked about him but I made the decision we needed him and needed his goals,” McCarthy said.

“His winner was the one bit of real quality in the whole game. From the time he made his run to the time he got across the defender and held him off to the minute he finished with his weaker left foot.

“The defender was all over him and the keeper narrowed his angle, so it was real quality. He showed a bit of class.

“He’s got something about him. He scores his goals but it was the way he went about his job and worked hard.

“He stopped them playing from the back, as best he could. I thought he was excellent.

“McCarthy was delighted with the victory, despite it being an ugly, tense contest.

“It was horrible, scrappy, scruffy, ugly, magnificent 1-0 win,” he said.

“I’m not bothered how we get them as long as we get the points to keep us in this league.

“We need everyone scrapping and they we’re all doing that.”