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Portman Road (ATT 16,010) 15th February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Blackpool Blackpool

Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich Town draw 0-0 against Blackpool at Portman Road

Last Updated: 15/02/14 5:37pm

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Cole Skuse of Ipswich Town tackles Andy Keogh of Blackpool.

Cole Skuse of Ipswich Town tackles Andy Keogh of Blackpool.

Blackpool's winless run stretched to 15 games after a dismal goalless stalemate with play-off hopefuls Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

A dire match in equally dire conditions was played out at Portman Road - but it was Seasiders interim player-manager Barry Ferguson who would have been the happier after his third draw in his first five matches.

After recovering from a fast, attacking start from the home side, Blackpool shaded the better of the chances and Ipswich were indebted to Scott Loach who denied Faris Haroun on three separate occasions.

Against a side who have not tasted a competitive victory since November, it was little surprise that it was the play-off hopefuls who looked for an early goal.

David McGoldrick had two attempts at Luke Chambers' inviting cross, the second denied by a brave block by David Perkins before Daryl Murphy was gifted too much time to ghost past Gary MacKenzie before being denied by Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.

On eight minutes, the home fans should have been celebrating the opening goal when a lovely switch by Luke Hyam allowed Chambers to send over another cracking cross but McGoldrick's header narrowly missed the near post.

Blackpool slowly worked their way back into the match as Ipswich failed to live up to their early showing.

And the struggling visitors could feel aggrieved not to go in at half-time ahead after Loach smartly denied Haroun and Chambers just beat Perkins to the rebound.

The same match-up ended the half when Loach blocked Haroun's drive at his near post.

A similar pattern began the second half with Dobbie feeding Haroun on the right-hand side of the area, but the new signing's drive across goal missed both team-mates and the far post.

A gritty game threatened to come to life when Murphy found some space after Christophe Berra's clearance but his speculative shot went wide of the far post.

Minutes later, Stephen Hunt had time to control and volley a 20-yarder but it sailed over Gilks' crossbar.

With chances at a premium, sub Jay Tabb found a rare bit of space in the Blackpool box, after good work by Murphy, but his shot under pressure was held by Gilks.

As a mundane match drifted towards its conclusion, Loach again got the better of Haroun after the midfielder latched onto a loose header from David Goodwillie.

At the other end, Murphy's goalbound shot was blocked by Ricardo Fuller and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake failed with an attempt at an overhead as Ipswich rallied in the closing minutes.

The final chance of an ultimately disappointing afternoon for Mick McCarthy's men fell to top scorer McGoldrick but he scuffed his shot from 12 yards.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37