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16 April 2013

Mick believes three points will keep Town up as promotion chasing Palace head to Portman Road

Town take on Palace tonight looking for the three points that Mick McCarthy believes will be enough to keep Blues up. 

Hull ended the Club’s five match unbeaten run at the weekend while the Eagles had an extended break with their scheduled opposition, Millwall, playing in the FA Cup. 

“Palace didn’t play so they should be fresher than us and that may give them an advantage,” said Mick, speaking in his column in tonight's matchday programme. 

“That’s the way it is, though. We have to deal with it. Who knows, not playing for a week might work against them. It’s relentless league, the Championship, but the players are used to playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday. They know what to expect. 

“We know it will be a difficult game but we will go out there looking to get the three points I think we still need to maintain the Club’s status in the Championship. 

It’s only my view – and who knows in this bonkers league – but I think 56 points should be enough to keep us up.”

Town have injury worries ahead of the game with Mick adding: “Lee Martin is a concern for us. Illness kept him away for a week or so, then he rocked his ankle over the weekend so he’s not had the best of luck lately, what with his suspension as well. 

“Aaron Mclean got a kick on his toe and is another one we will have a look at and then we obviously lost Jay Tabb to a knee injury against Hull. He has recovered well and the swelling has gone down. He will definitely be okay for the Sheffield Wednesday game on Saturday and I haven’t ruled him out for Palace yet either.”

Patrick Kisnorbo is also a doubt for Blues, having been sent home from training on Monday with a virus. 

Kick-off tonight is 7.45pm with commentary on Ipswich Player as always. The digital version of the matchday programme is available here.

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