Warning for Town from former Blues hitsman
Former Blue Marcus Stewart has warned that Town face a real challenge this evening, as Bristol Rovers arrive at Portman Road in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Marcus, who netted 19 times as Town recorded a fifth place finish in the Premier League in 2001, is currently part of the backroom staff at the Memorial Stadium as Rovers’ Development coach.
And although the striker is unlikely to be at the game himself, he has confirmed that Town will face a stern test this evening.
“It will be a tough game for Ipswich that’s for sure,” Marcus told the Club website.
“The gaffer here will have the boys well organised and prepared for the game. The squad is made up of a real blend of youth and experience and it certainly won’t be an easy game and we will be coming here to try and win the game.
“Unfortunately I probably won’t be at the game in person but Portman Road still holds plenty of great memories for me, some of the highlights of my career in truth.”
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Town will be without Damien Delaney, Josh Carson and Ronan Murray after the trio were called up for international duty. Midfielder Andy Drury is also set to miss out with the calf injury that ruled him out of Town’s last two outings against West Ham and Colchester. Youngsters Cormac Burke and Gunnar Thorsteinsson are set to be included in the matchday squad.
Bristol Rovers boss Mark McGhee is also set to be without a number of first-team players for the trip to Suffolk, with ‘keeper Scott Bevan heading the list of absentees. Former Nottingham Forest ‘keeper Paul Smith has been drafted in and is expected to make his Pirates debut tonight. Danny Woodards will also sit out the clash as he continues his recovery from a broken leg, whist Matthew Lund is a doubt with an Achilles problem.
How they fared last season
Town- first round
Rovers- second round
One to watch
Adam Virgo. Experienced defender, who is equally capable of playing as a striker, is expected to line up at the heart of the Rovers defence this evening. Made his name as an emerging talent at Brighton and his performances on the south coast earned him a move to Scottish giants Celtic. Went on to represent Coventry and Colchester on loan before permanent deals at Brighton and Yeovil followed prior to his move to the Memorial Stadium.
Referee: Fred Graham
Assistants: Wes Linden and William Bull
Fourth Official: John Magill