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HULL PREVIEW

19 October 2012

Reo-Coker raring to go with Town and ready to tame the Tigers

Nigel Reo-Coker admits he is ‘raring to go’ with Town, as Paul Jewell’s side prepare to take on Hull tomorrow.

The experienced midfielder joined the Blues last week on a three-month contract and is hoping he will be presented the opportunity to kick-start his Ipswich career tomorrow.

“I’m looking forward to what lies ahead and I’m itching to get started,” Nigel told the Club website.

“I’m fit and raring to go. I’m not going to lie and say I’m fully match fit, because I’m not due to not playing yet this season, but I feel ready to play my part if selected by the manager.

“The team spirit has been great ever since I walked through the door and when you look at some of the lads we have here, it looks a strong squad.”

“The main focus for me and the team is being professional and winning games. This Club shouldn’t be in this position and we will go all out to make sure we get ourselves out of this position.

“I know what it takes in this division as I’ve captained Wimbledon and West Ham in the Championship before, so hopefully some of my experiences can rub off onto the other lads and we can all move forward together.”

Team news

Hull boss Steve Bruce will be hoping to call upon the services of defenders James Chester and Joe Dudgeon after the pair were recently sidelined with hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Former Town man Alex Bruce could miss out from a place in the squad due to a groin problem, whilst influential midfielder Robert Koren has been ruled out. The Tigers are also expected to be without striker Matty Fryatt, who has an Achilles injury.

Paul Jewell could hand Town debuts to recent recruits Nigel Reo-Coker and Stephen Henderson, after the pair both agreed to join Blues until January. Striker Paul Taylor is ruled out with a foot injury, whilst long-term injury victim Elliott Hewitt is also sidelined for Blues. Luke Hyam is fully fit following his recent back injury and will come into contention for the trip to the KC Stadium.

Where they finished last season

Hull- 8th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Hull- 10th
Town- 23rd

One to watch

Jay Simpson. The former Arsenal trainee is the Tigers’ top scorer so far this term having bagged five goals. The striker possess great pace and looks to get in behind the defence so Blues will have to keep an eye on him. Town should be well aware of Jay from last season, after the striker scored against Paul Jewell’s side whilst on loan at Championship rivals Millwall.

Match Officials

Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Paul Graham and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood

Live commentary of the game will be available to all Ipswich Player subscribers, while live Twitter and Facebook updates and first and exclusive Blues team-news will be provided by the Town media team from the KC Stadium press box.

 


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