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BIRMINGHAM PREVIEW

Posted: Fri 26 Apr 2013
Author: Jonathon Ogle

Mick looking for Town to finish off season's remit with a win over the side where it all started for him at Portman Road

Mick McCarthy is looking for Town to secure their place in the Championship for next season with a win over Birmingham tomorrow- the first opposition the Blues boss faced after being appointed manager.

A solitary strike from DJ Campbell secured all three points for Town at St Andrews that day, with Blues now needing just a point to secure Championship survival ahead of the Midlanders’ visit to Portman Road.

“Yes Birmingham away was my first match in charge and it was an important game for us, as is this one,” Mick told the Club website.

“You only get one first impression and the lads worked really hard that day and it got us off to a good start.

“We’ve got a chance to put the season to bed tomorrow and a point will do it for us.

“But of course we want to win. We go into every game looking to win and that will be the best way to secure our place in the division for next season, winning in front of our own fans.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy should have a full strength squad to choose from for Town’s final home game of the season, with the exception of long-term injury victim Paul Taylor. Loanee Richard Stearman is unlikely to be risked though, having injured his hamstring during the weekend’s draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Elliott Hewitt is likely to take his place at right-back. Lee Martin is fully fit after missing the last few weeks with illness and an ankle injury.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark is waiting on the fitness levels of duo Wes Thomas and Morgaro Gomis, with doubts surrounding the pair ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Portman Road. Striker Thomas is struggling with an ankle injury, whilst midfielder Gomis missed the win over Leeds with a groin problem.

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash with Birmingham are still available, with the fixture being classed as a ‘Kids for a Quid’ game. All our Junior Blues members can also gain FREE entry. For full ticket details, click here.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Birmingham- 5th

Where they currently stand

Town- 14th
Birmingham- 10th 

One to watch

Nikola Zigic. The Serbian striker is an awkward customer to play against, mainly due to his six foot seven inch frame. He joined the Blues from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of around £7m and helped the club win the Carling Cup in 2011. Although not a permanent fixture in the team, he has proved his worth to the side by chipping in with a number of important goals this term.

Match Officials

Referee:Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Declan Ford and Paul Harris
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with Town team news and behind the scenes footage available on our social media channels Twitter, Facebook and Keek