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23 August 2013

Mick ready to go to battle with friend Brian as the Whites visit Portman Road

Mick McCarthy knows just what task his Town side will face this weekend, as Leeds United prepare to visit Portman Road.

The Whites are managed by Mick’s friend Brian McDermott, a suitable fit for the Elland Road club, according to the Town boss.

“Brian’s a friend of mine and he’s a good fit for Leeds United,”

“They’ve been a bit turbulent on and off the pitch recently but he’s come in and settled Leeds down I think. They are looking more of a solid unit these days.

“They’ve made a god start to the season and of course it will be a tough game for us, but we’re at home and we are going into the game full of confidence.

“We’ve trained well all week and we’ve looked at the footage from last Saturday. We are ready for what will be another tough but exciting Championship fixture.

Team news

Town have been boosted by the return to fitness of midfielder Cole Skuse, who was forced to withdraw with an ankle injury in the defeat to QPR, and ‘keeper Dean Gerken who missed the trip to West London with a dead leg. However the game will come too soon for defender Tyrone Mings, who is still sidelined with a knee injury.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott could hand a debut to new signing Scott Wootton, who joined the Whites from Manchester United this week. Midfielder Paul Green has shaken off a knock and is fit if called upon, whilst El Hadji-Diouf is also fully fit after coming through 90 minutes for the Leeds Development side.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Leeds- 13th

Where they currently stand

Leeds- 9th

Foot in both camps

Richard Naylor. The former Town man is currently U18’s manager at Leeds and is a popular figure amongst supporters in both Suffolk and Yorkshire. ‘Bam Bam’, as he was known at Portman Road, played both up front and in defence for the Blues, putting in whole-hearted displays every time he wore the shirt and helping the Club earn promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs, following that magical day at Wembley in 2000. Richard speaks exclusively to our matchday programme, pick up your copy tomorrow for just £3.

Match Officials

Referee: Michael Dean
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes and Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

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