Tommy looking to benefit from training ground 'buzz'
Tommy Smith is hoping the ‘buzz’ around the Town training ground can inspire Blues to a second victory of the week against Bolton tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Mick McCarthy’s side beat Nottingham Forest at Portman Road in midweek, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy.
“There’s always a buzz around the place after a win and now we need to build on that win,” Tommy told the Club website.
“It’s no point putting the hard work against Forest if we then throw it away against Bolton, so we have to make sure we are prepared for the game.
“There are a good side and they’ve picked up under their new manager, similarly to how we have, so it should be a good contest.”
Tommy has also revealed that he is relishing the competition for places at Town at present, working alongside experience performers such as Danny Higginbotham and Luke Chambers for a place in the side.
“It’s healthy to have competition and you certainly can’t rest on your laurels,” added the New Zealand international.
“You have to keep working hard in training and it’s good having Luke and Danny around, because we all drive each other on.
“I’ve had the shirt for the last two games now and I’ve been pleased with my performances. We’ve managed to pick up a couple of good results too so hopefully that can continue for us.”
Doubts remain over Luke Hyam for the trip to the Reebok Stadium, after the midfielder picked up a knock to his calf during the win over Nottingham Forest in midweek. Nigel Reo-Coker, who left Bolton in the summer, has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury, whilst Paul Taylor remains a long-term injury victim for Town.
Dougie Freedman could continue to use his ‘rotation policy’ and make changes to his team for Town’s visit at the weekend, despite seeing his side win away at local rivals Blackburn on Wednesday. Former Town loanee Keith Andrews, who netted 9 times in 20 appearances for the Club, is expected to feature in the weekend’s clash.
Where they finished last season
Bolton- 18th (Premier League)
Where they currently stand
One to watch
Keith Andrews. The Republic of Ireland international is a familiar face to Town fans, after taking in a loan spell with Blues at the beginning of last season. Keith made 20 appearances for Town, chipping with 9 goals from midfield. The former MK Dons, Blackburn and West Brom man is equally comfortable at breaking play up, as well as pushing forward to support the attack.
Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistants: Sebastian Stockbridge and Duncan Street
Fourth Official: Darren Bond
Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player. Meanwhile, followers of the Club Twitter account (@Official_ITFC) will receive exclusive Town team news and live updates of the game from the Reebok Stadium.