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14 December 2012

Chambo wants more happy memories of Elland Road

Luke Chambers is hoping for more happy memories of playing at Elland Road this weekend, as Blues look to make it four wins on the bounce with a victory over Leeds.

The Town defender was part of the Forest team that beat Neil Warnock’s side 7-3 at Elland Road last season, in what he described as a ‘crazy’ game.

“I’ve got some good memories of playing at Elland Road, most notably the 7-3 win there with Forest last season,” Chambo told the Club website.

“That was a crazy game to be a part of and it was what you would describe as a real end-to-end affair!

“Fortunately for us Forest won that day and hopefully we can have a repeat performance with Ipswich at the weekend and claim the three points.

“We know Elland Road is a tough place to go and the fans really make an atmosphere down there. But our fans are great as well, travelling in their numbers and we know they can generate some noise for us too.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy is hoping to be able to call upon the services of Luke Hyam and Nigel Reo-Coker, with the midfield duo missing the recent wins over Bolton and Millwall through injury. Daryl Murphy will be hoping his performance against the Lions last time out, in which he scored and won a penalty for DJ Campbell’s second goal, will be enough for him to retain his place up front ahead of Jason Scotland and Michael Chopra.

Neil Warnock will have to make a decision whether to partner top scorer Lucianno Becchio with Luke Varney or Ross McCormack in attack. Jerome Thomas, who is on loan at Elland Road from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, could also return to the squad for the weekend’s clash.

Where they finished last season

Leeds- 14th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Town- 20th

One to watch

David Norris. Former Blue who left Town in 2011 after seeing his contract at Portman Road expire. The midfielder joined Leeds in the summer after leaving Portsmouth, following the south coast side’s relegation to League One. Chuck, as he was known by Town fans, was a popular figure during his time in Suffolk and would go on to captain the Blues. He is one player to keep an eye on, with Town fans well aware of the eye for goal the midfielder possesses.

Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Philip Dermott and Bob Roberts
Fourth Official: Jeremy Simpson

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, which exclusive Town team news being broadcast via the Club’s Twitter channel, @Official_ITFC.


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