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27 December 2012

Andy relishes the competition as Town get ready for the next round of festive fixtures at Molinuex

Andy Drury believes the competition for places at Town is making the players ‘hungry’ to keep their place in the side, as Blues prepare for the next festive fixture.

Mick McCarthy will lead his team to his former employers Wolves on Saturday, just three days after beating Charlton 2-1 at the Valley, with Andy playing a key role in the Town midfield.

“You have to relish the competition and having quality players pushing for your shirt is always a good thing,” the midfielder told the Club website.

“I know it’s a cliché but it’s healthy to have competition for places, as it keeps everyone on their toes.

“We know that if we are not doing the business in matches and training, then there is someone waiting to take your place in the side, whilst at the same time if you aren’t in the team, you are supporting the lads who are which shows just what good a team spirit we have here.

“Recently I’ve been playing alongside Gi (Guirane N’Daw) and we’ve got some quality players such as Nigel (Reo-Coker) and Luke (Hyam) wanting to get back in, so overall I think we are looking strong as we come to the end of the Christmas period.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy may make changes to his starting line-up as Blues prepare for their second game in three days, against his former employers Wolves. Town recorded an impressive 2-1 away victory against Charlton last time out with loanee duo DJ Campbell and Daryl Murphy finding the net at the Valley.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken could make changes for Town’s visit, after seeing his side slip to a 3-0 home defeat to Peterborough United at Molineux. Striker Bjorn Sigurdsson, who joined the club in the summer, may be recalled to the starting line-up in an attempt to change Wolves’ luck in front of goal.

Where they finished last season

Wolves- 20th (Premier League)
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Wolves- 14th
Town- 20th

One to watch

Bakary Sako. The French winger joined Wolves in the summer from St Etienne, where he had been a team-mate of Town loanee Guirane N’Daw. Sako has become a fans favourite at Molineux following a number of eye-catching displays, with his pace, power and trickery on the left-flank endearing him to the Wolves faithful. Certainly a player with an eye for the spectacular, the likes of Carlos Edwards and Bradley Orr will have to be on top of their game to keep the winger quiet.

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Lee Metcalfe and Jonathan Hunt
Fourth Official: Nigel Smith



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