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9 November 2012

Town skipper Carlos says the lads are ready for Burnley test as Mick prepares for first home game in charge

Carlos Edwards insists that all the Town players are feeling confident of recording a first home win of the season against Burnley tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Blues skipper admits that a Portman Road win is well overdue and is looking to put a smile back on the faces of the Town supporters, in what will be Mick McCarthy’s first home game in charge.

“We just need to get that first victory at home, as it’s certainly long overdue," Carlos told the Club website.

“The fans have been brilliant supporting us up and down the country and we know we need to get them smiling again with a home win.

“Hopefully the atmosphere will be good with it being Mick’s first game in charge at home and all the guys are looking forward to getting out there. It feels a long time since we played here against Sheffield Wednesday and we want to put that performance right.

“I don’t want to blow my own flute too much but I’m feeling confident going into the game and all the lads are well prepared for the test that Burnley will pose.”

Team news

Blues boss Mick McCarthy will be forced to make at least one change to the side that lost to Crystal Palace in the week, with Lee Martin missing the game through suspension. Paul Taylor remains Town’s long-term injury victim after undergoing surgery on the broken bone in his foot last week. Elliott Hewitt, who came through 90 minutes for the U21s in the week, will be included in the matchday squad.

Sean Dyche has an almost fully fit squad to choose from, although defender Ben Mee is an injury doubt for the Clarets after picking up a foot injury in the win over Leeds. Top goalscorer Charlie Austin is again expected to lead the line for the visitors.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Burnley- 13th

Where they currently stand

Burnley- 10th

One to watch

Charlie Austin. The former Swindon man has been the focal point of the Burnley side this season, leading the way by netting 20 goals in all competitions already this campaign. The striker was still playing non-league football

Match Officials

Referee: Mark Brown
Assistants: Carl Brook and Matthew Buonassisi
Fourth Official:
Stephen Martin

Live commentary of tomorrow’s game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live updates and exclusive Town team news coming via our official Twitter channel @Official_ITFC.


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