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12 April 2013

Jet believes confident Blues should hold no fear against promotion chasing Tigers this weekend

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas believes Town should hold no fears against Hull this weekend and insists the mood in the camp is sky high.

Blues take on the promotion-chasing Tigers at Portman Road tomorrow with a bumper crowd of over 20,000 expected to be in attendance.

Despite Steve Bruce’s side going well in the Championship this year, Jay feels Town have enough about them to keep the recent good form going and move further away from trouble.  

“We’re definitely going into the game in confident mood, especially after beating Derby with a last minute goal,” said the midfielder in an exclusive interview with tomorrow’s matchday programme.

“Every game in the Championship is difficult and I think that is why the League has been so tight this year, as every team is capable of beating each other.

“But I try not to worry about the opposition too much and instead just focus on our own game.

“I think we’ve got some very good players in our side and we can beat anyone on our day, so I don’t see any reason why we can’t go and get another three points tomorrow.

“We are confident at the moment and we always look to win our home games, which is what we will try and do again this afternoon against Hull.”

You can read more from Jet in tomorrow’s matchday programme, which is also available in a digital format which can be purchased here.

Team news

Mick McCarthy will have been pleased to see Anthony Wordsworth come through 90 minutes for the U21s on Monday and the midfielder will be hoping to stake a claim for a place in the squad. Late checks will be done on Lee Martin and Reece Brown, who both missed parts of training through illness this week. Strikers David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean will both be absent due to the terms of their respective loans.

Hull boss Steve Bruce has been boosted by the return to fitness of central defender Jack Hobbs, who is expected to come straight into the Tigers’ squad after overcoming his ankle injury. Midfielder David Meyler has served his two-match suspension and is in contention for a place in the team, whilst striker Matty Fryatt has recovered from the injury he picked up on the opening day of the season and will be hoping to feature. Former Blue Alex Bruce has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, whilst Egyptian striker Gedo is rated as doubtful after aggravating his foot in the recent win over Middlesbrough.

Where they finished last season

Town- 15th
Hull- 8th

Where they currently stand

Town- 15th
Hull- 2nd

One to watch

George Boyd. The winger joined Hull on loan from Peterborough earlier this year, after seeing a proposed January transfer to Nottingham Forest fall through due to a failed eye test, and has played a key role for the Tigers as they look to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. In fact the wideman came close to joining Town in August, but failed to agree terms on a proposed double switch alongside striker Paul Taylor. The Scotland international has shown a real eye for goal and is capable of playing in a number of positions including out wide, behind the striker or even as a frontline forward.

Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistants: Robert Hodges and Dean Treleaven
Fourth Official: Matthew Buonassisi

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm. Exclusive Town team news and behind the scenes footage will be available on all our official social media channels,Twitter,FacebookandKeek


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