Another week with three games in the calendar and you have to wonder if the players have quite recovered from Tuesday’s draw with Brighton. The front three of Grant Holt, Harry Bunn and Sean Scannell looked especially leggy.
Yet despite that, Chris Powell’s side continued the momentum they had built up before the international break. Town are now five games unbeaten taking 11 points from a possible 15 and were a little unlucky not to take all three on Tuesday.
More good news came yesterday with the club extending Grant Holt’s loan from Wigan until the end of December. Whilst the former Norwich striker may not be the long term option we desire, in the short term he is vital to our squad and balance in the team.
Outgoings have also occurred with Oscar Gobern joining Chesterfield, Danny Carr joining Mansfield and Matt Crooks heading up to Hartlepool.
4-3-3 seems the be the formation of choice for Powell which means that Nahki Wells is having to endure a period out of the side for the moment.
Expect an unchanged team from the last two games, although should some players be suffering from fatigue (no Raheem Sterling jokes here) then the likes of Danny Ward and Wells may step up to start.
Ipswich 1 – 1 Town
Ipswich are on an iffy run of late and should Town manage to keep David McGoldrick quiet then there is no reason why Town can’t get something from the game.
Town’s record at Portman Road isn’t good with the last win coming back in 1999. A win though could see Town within touching distance of the play-offs.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
If you didn't know already, throughout this season, Thrice Champions will be getting the views of opposition fans, bloggers and podcasters so you know the story behind the club they know so much about.
Ahead of the clash away against Ipwich, we spoke to the Ipswich fanzine ‘Turnstile Blues’ to get the low down on the opposition.
Here's what they had to say to our questions...
TC: Despite the small winless run Ipswich are on, how do you think the start of the season has panned out?
TB: We made a disappointing start to the season, especially losing at home to Norwich, but looking back, it seems as if some of that poor form was because key players like David McGoldrick were still not fully match fit. We followed the derby game with a brilliant run when we were unbeaten in eight games, including winning four in a row, and it looks as if things are coming together nicely, although we have already been hit by some injuries, and now by the suspension of Tyrone Mings, following his fifth booking of the season at Cardiff last Tuesday.
TC: What are the expectations for this season?
TB: At the beginning of the season I predicted that we’d do slightly better than last year (9th) but probably just miss out on the play-offs. I went through a brief period when I thought we might do a lot better than that - and it’s still possible - but I think that original prediction is probably about right although I quite fancy a play-off place now.
TC: Despite not spending money on transfers, how do you think the squad had improved over the summer?
TB: Our previous two managers spent a lot on some very indifferent (I’m being polite) players, who had once been good footballers, but were really past it, and also brought in lots of players on loan. It became quite difficult to recognise our own squad at times, it changed so often. McCarthy seems to be much more astute - whether because he’s been forced to by financial circumstances or not, he seems to have a knack of finding players who cost us nothing but fit into what is becoming a cohesive and very decent squad. Some of our younger players, like Hyam and Mings, have come good too.
TC: Mick McCarthy has turned the club around in nearly two years at Ipswich. How key is he to the club going forward?
TB: Absolutely key - both Mick and his assistant, Terry Connor. I see them as a real partnership. As I said, Mick’s been very astute in building the squad. It’s hard to describe what a state Keane and Jewell left us in. He also seems to be better at player management, appears to have a good relationship with his team. There seems to be much more mutual respect all round.
TC: Which Ipswich player should Huddersfield fans worry about?
TB: Jonny Williams. He may be on loan from Palace, but we know him well as he played for us last season, and “Joniesta” is a star. I’d also put in a word for Daryl Murphy. I’ve been a fan for ages, but he’s on fire this season. He scored a fabulous goal on Tuesday night, one of several great goals this season. Christophe Berra is having a good season too.
TC: Which Huddersfield player do you think Ipswich fans should worry about?
TB:I have to say Grant Holt, don’t I? We’ll give him a warm welcome.
TC: What is your prediction for Saturday?
TB: I expect us to win but it will be tight and we Town fans will be holding our breath right to the end because we’ve been conceding far too many last minute equalisers recently.
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