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31 December 2012

Elliott tells us he is loving life as a Blue under Mick in his first interview since making his debut

Although cutting somewhat of a peripheral figure at Portman Road since his arrival in the summer, Elliott Hewitt has admitted that he is loving life as a Blue.

The Wales U21 international was brought to the Club by former manager Paul Jewell but made his debut for Town under current boss Mick McCarthy.

Elliott admits he did worry about his future when Paul departed earlier this year but was reassured once he knew who was set to replace him in the Town hotseat.  

“I did worry about my future when Paul left, because I hadn’t played any games because of my injury and I wasn’t sure whether the new manager coming in would fancy me in his plans,” the right-back told us in an exclusive interview with tomorrow’s matchday programme.

“Luckily for me, Mick came in and I knew he had been looking at me when he was Wolves manager and I was still at Macclesfield.

“So it was reassuring that there was someone coming into the club that knew about me. He told me that he was aware of me and had been watching me, which was nice and he just told me to keep working hard in training and U21 games to try and get back up to full fitness.

“Thankfully I did enough and he handed me my debut, which was such a great feeling and was the reward for all the hard-work I did in the summer to get over my injury.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy could name the same side that beat Charlton and Wolves over the festive period, with striker DJ Campbell netting in both games as he prepares for his final outing of his loan spell at Portman Road. Should Mick want to inject fresh legs into his team, both Nigel Reo-Coker and Luke Hyam and itching to win back their places in midfield.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet will hope to welcome back winger Will Buckley, after the former Watford man missed the defeat to his former club with a hamstring injury. Bruno Saltor and Andrea Orlandi should both be available for selection after recovering from injury.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Brighton- 10th

Where they currently stand

Town- 19th
Brighton- 10th

One to watch

Craig Mackail-Smith. The striker is the Seagulls’ top scorer so far this season with 10 strikes to his name, producing an impressive partnership with Ashley Barnes. The Scotland international arrived at the Amex Stadium from Peterborough at the beginning of last season and proven his worth to the Brighton cause with a number of important goals. A man full of running and endeavour, the likes of Tommy Smith and Luke Chambers will know they will be in for a battle at Portman Road tomorrow.

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Lee Betts and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Steve Rushton

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with exclusive Town team news, live updates and reaction available on our official Twitter and Facebook channels. 

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