Mick and Tommy explain that Town are 'up for the Cup' as the Blues take on Stevenage in the first round of the Capital One Cup
Mick McCarthy is looking for his Town side to build on the performance and effort shown at Reading on Saturday, when the Blues travel to Stevenage tonight in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Despite slipping to a 2-1 defeat to the Royals at the Madejski Stadium, the Town boss was pleased with the performance levels shown by his players and is calling for a repeat at the Lamex Stadium this evening (kick-off 7.45pm).
“Obviously we were disappointed with the result at the weekend but the performance was very good and I told the lads that if that’s the benchmark for the season, then we will be ok,” Mick told the Club website.
“We played very well on Saturday and for the first-half I think we were definitely the dominant side, once the game had settled.
“We should have defended their goals better and maybe we could have converted a couple of our chances in the first-half, but overall I was very pleased with the performance.
“We’ve got a chance to get a win on the board against Stevenage tonight but we know it will be anything but easy.
“I watched their game from Saturday and they’re quite a big side, with some powerful lads in their team and they’ve certainly got some spirit about themselves.
“It will be a tough game, no doubt about it and they will want to cause an upset. But at the same time, it’s another game on our schedule so we will want to go out there, perform well and win the tie.”
Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that both Dean Gerken and Christophe Berra will both start for the Blues this evening, to make their competitive debuts for the Club. Aaron Cresswell, Tyrone Mings and Anthony Wordsworth all miss out through injury, whilst on-loan midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has not been granted permission to play by parent-club Manchester United.
The hosts will be without striker Dani Lopez, who serves the final game of his three-match suspension. Midfielder James Dunne should be available after returning from injury, whilst wingers Filipe Morais and Robin Shroot could both come into contention after impressing from the bench at the weekend.
Foot in both camps
Tommy Smith. The Town defender spent time on loan at the Lamex Stadium as a young 17-year-old, before returning to Portman Road and breaking into then-manager Jim Magilton’s first-team. The New Zealand international has since gone on to become a regular for Club and country and has established a strong-partnership with Luke Chambers at the heart of the Blues’ defence. Here Tommy speaks to Ipswich Player reporter, Jonny Ogle, about his loan experience with Stevenage.
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: David Avent & Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: John O’Brien
Town have sold just short of 1,000 tickets for tonight’s game, of the original allocation of 1,400. The remaining tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at Stevenage, with prices stated below: