Terry Connor is expecting an attractive game of football when Tony Mowbray’s team provide the opposition at the weekend.
Middlesbrough arrive at Portman Road looking to cement their place in the top six while Blues will be out to record a first home win since the 3-0 success over Millwall in early December.
“It should be a really good game, a competitive game but a game of football,” assistant manager Terry told the Club website.
“If you know Tony Mowbray and have followed his career then you know his teams play an attractive brand of attacking football.
“We know we have to improve our home form of late. Every team wants to be turning in good performances in front of their home fans and that is something we are working hard to put right.
“We have had the players out on the training pitch this week going over the mistakes we made at Bristol last week, when we certainly got punished but we have also worked on the strengths of the team. That’s just as important.”
Middlesbrough will include Kieron Dyer in their squad. The former Town midfielder trained with Blues on a couple of occasions last week after being released by QPR but has now been reunited with ex-Blues team Mowbray at the Riverside.
Terry is hoping to be joined by manager Mick McCarthy on the sidelines for Saturday’s game, with the boss being off work for much of this week with a flu virus.
“Mick has been pretty poorly but we have been in contract through the week and hopefully he will be with us on Saturday,” added Terry.
“I know he’s desperate to be at the game. Wild horses won’t keep him away but he will do what is right for the Football Club.”
Meanwhile Town have been reinstated in the Suffolk Premier Cup after Felixstowe and Walton were disqualified from the competition having fielded an ineligible player during their 2-1 victory over Blues in the quarter-final tie last month.