Carlos hails the impact of both Mick and Ollie and believes the Palace boss will come up against a very different Town side to the one he faced in November
Carlos Edwards believes the character of both Mick McCarthy and Ian Holloway has benefited the fortunes of Town and Crystal Palace this season.
The duo will pit their wits against each other at Portman Road tomorrow night, both eager for three points for very different reasons.
Both managers joined their respective clubs at almost identical times, with Holloway’s first home game seeing him get the better of Blues with a 5-0 win.
Carlos admits he has been impressed with the impact the former Blackpool boss has made at Selhurst Park but believes he will face a much improved Town side tomorrow evening.
“He’s a character but he’s also a very good manager,” the Town skipper told the Club website.
“He took over from Dougie Freedman earlier in the season and he’s kept them near to the top of the table, doing it in his own style.
“He does it his own way and he’s successful in that way, so fair play to Ollie. Let’s hope he’s not as successful tomorrow though and we can get back to winning ways.
“It’s similar to the gaffer here. He came in, stamped his mark and got us playing the way he wants.
“We know it will be a tough game against Palace and they need the three points just as much as we do.”
Mick McCarthy will hope to be able to call upon the services of Aaron Mclean, with the Hull loanee having to watch from the sidelines due to the terms of his loan as his parent-club left Portman Road with all three points, although the striker is a doubt with a toe injury. Doubts remain over Jay Tabb (knee), Lee Martin (ankle) and Patrick Kisnorbo (illness), although the Town boss is confident the trio will be fit. Paul Taylor remains a long-term injury victim for Blues.
Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway will be without the services of former Town midfielder Owen Garvan, who will miss the game through injury. Joel Ward has returned from injury and will battle it out with Darcy Blake and Swansea loanee Jazz Richards for a starting-berth at right-back. Skipper Mile Jedinak will miss the game through suspension.
Where they finished last season
Where they currently stand
One to watch
Glenn Murray. The Palace striker is currently the leading marksman in the Championship, having netted 29 goals so far this term. Moved to Selhurst Park from rivals Brighton in 2011 and instantly became a cult figure amongst the Palace faithful after netting the winner against his former Club at the Amex Stadium last season. Likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and is capable of scoring a variety of goals.
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Danny Markham and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official: Adrian Gillett
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