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26 October 2012

Martin ready for Owls test as Blues begin life after Paul Jewell

Lee Martin insists it’s ‘business as usual’ despite a difficult week at Portman Road, as Town prepare to take on Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.

Blues will kick off life after Paul Jewell, who left his position as manager in the week, against the Owls at Portman Road with midfielder Lee urging everyone around the Club to 'pull together' for Chris Hutchings’ first game as caretaker boss.

“It’s been a difficult week but all the boys are getting on with the task and preparing for tomorrow’s game,” Lee told the Club website.

“It’s about getting those points, otherwise we are going to be in serious trouble, and we need to start putting a smile back on the fans’ faces, as they’ve stuck with us through the bad times.

“But there’s no doubt in my mind that we can get off the bottom of the table and start moving up the league, because we have some quality individuals in the squad.

“It hasn’t happened for us for whatever reason so far and if we ever needed an eye opener than Tuesday night was just that. Losing the game in the last minute and then seeing the manager leave wasn’t a nice feeling.

“But life goes on and we need to give our all for Hutch (Chris Hutchings) today and try and get a good result.”

You can hear more from Lee in tomorrow’s official matchday programme, which you can also purchase online by clicking here.

Team news

Chris Hutchings may make changes to the Town side, as he prepares to take charge of his first game as caretaker manager. Daryl Murphy could return to the squad, after missing out against Derby in the week, although the game will come too soon for Paul Taylor as he continues his rehabilitation from a foot injury he picked up last month.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones could name an unchanged side, despite the Owls slipping to a 1-0 defeat away at Blackburn last time out. ‘Keeper Chris Kirkland is expected to remain in goal, despite the signing of youngster Adam Smith on loan from Everton. Another Everton loanee, Ross Barkley, has extended his stay at Hillsborough and is expected to line-up against Town tomorrow.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Wednesday- 2nd (League One)

Where they currently stand

Town- 24th
Wednesday- 23rd

One to watch

Jay Bothroyd. The striker is on loan at Hillsborough from Premier League outfit QPR. Jay, who has one England cap to his name, began his career as a trainee with Arsenal, before moving onto Coventry. The striker then went on to enjoy a spell in Italy with Perugia, before returning to England and turning out for Charlton, Wolves and Cardiff amongst others. The frontman is a real handful for defenders and tries to dominate his markers in the air.     

Match Officials

Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Ryan Atkin and John Magill
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler

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