Blackpool beat Liverpool; Ipswich stun Arsenal

Blackpool 2-1 Liverpool

DJ Campbell - struck Blackpool's winner

Blackpool’s Premier League fairytale continued, as they beat Liverpool at Bloomfield Road tonight.

Kenny Dalglish’s first league match back in the Liverpool hotseat started well, as Fernando Torres smashed a shot past Richard Kingson in the third minute to give the Reds an early lead.

However, it didn’t take long for Blackpool to get back on level turns – Gary Taylor-Fletcher getting away from Daniel Agger easily, and coolly slotting a right-footed shot past Pepe Reina.

Taylor-Fletcher, a boyhood Liverpool fan, dedicated his goal to Richard Butcher, the 29 year-old Macclesfield midfielder who tragically lost his life this week.

Blackpool’s winner came midway through the second half, a David Vaughan cross being turned home by DJ Campbell.

Ian Holloway’s side now have 28 points and find themselves in the top half of the table, with a trip to West Brom on Saturday. Liverpool remain on 23 points, ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

Ipswich Town 1-0 Arsenal

A strong Arsenal side, including Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott had 79% of the possession against Ipswich Town tonight. And yet they were still beaten by the Championship side.

Tamas Priskin – Ipswich’s hero

A second-half goal from Tamas Priskin was the difference between the two teams, in the Carling Cup Semi-Final, first leg.

And had the Hungarian been more clinical, he may have helped himself to more goals.

Arsenal were unable to open up their gallant opponents, who defended much better than they did in their 7-0 thumping by Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday, Fabregas wasting their best opportunity.

As it is, with the second leg at the Emirates still to come, the Gunners will still be favourites to make the final.

But supporters of the Tractor Boys will be more than happy from what they saw from their side tonight, ahead of new manager Paul Jewell taking charge tomorrow.

 

 

 

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