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BLACKBURN PREVIEW

Posted: Fri 08 Feb 2013
Author: Jonathon Ogle

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Cressy ready to do battle against old friends

Aaron Cresswell admits Town are full of confidence going into tomorrow’s game with Blackburn and is looking forward to testing himself against a couple of familiar faces.

Blues recorded a 4-0 win over Middlesbrough at Portman Road and will hope to take that confidence into tomorrow’s game at Ewood Park, where Town are likely to face former loanees Bradley Orr and DJ Campbell.

“It will be good to come up against Bradley and DJ and I’ve already spoken to Brad,” Cressy told the Club website.

“I spoke to him on the phone and he just told me to go easy on those overlapping runs!

“DJ has also just signed for them and we know how good a striker he is from his time with us, where he was our top scorer.

“It will be good to see them but once you cross that white line your only focus is performing well and getting the three points, which is what we will be aiming to do.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy will be without the services of ‘keeper Scott Loach, after the stopper suffered a sprained thumb in training this week. Stephen Henderson, who has rejoined Town on loan from West Ham, is likely to replace Scott, with Arran Lee-Barrett also looking to stake a claim. Lee Martin is also a doubt for Blues, after missing the victory over Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury.

Blackburn boss is expected to include former Town duo Jordan Rhodes and Bradley Orr in his matchday squad. Rhodes is Rovers’ top scorer so far this term and Orr has just returned from a loan stint with Blues at Portman Road. Another former Blue, DJ Campbell, will be hoping to make his Blackburn debut after joining checking in at Ewood Park on loan from QPR.

Where they finished last season

Blackburn- 19th (Premier League)
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Blackburn-13th
Town- 19th

One to watch

Jordan Rhodes. The striker needs little introduction to Town fans after spending two years as a Blue. After progressing through the Academy ranks here at Portman Road, the striker broke into the first-team but was largely restricted to brief cameos as a substitute. Did take in loan spells away from Town with Oxford, Rochdale and Brentford before joining Huddersfield on a permanent deal. After firing the goals that secured promotion to the Championship for the Terriers, Jordan moved to Blackburn earlier this season for a fee of around £8m. Now a full international for Scotland as well as being Rovers’ top scorer.                                              

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Wright
Assistants: Ian Hussin and David Storrie
Fourth Official: Richard Clark

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live updates and exclusive Town team news coming via our Club Twitter account, @Official_ITFC.