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3 December 2013

Mick expecting another tough Championship encounter as Rovers visit Suffolk in the first of a Portman Road double-header

Mick McCarthy is expecting another tough championship affair this evening, as Town take on Blackburn Rovers in the first part of a Portman Road double header.

Rovers, now managed by Gary Bowyer, are in town tonight before Huddersfield Town visit Suffolk at the weekend.

The Blues boss was delighted to see his side claim all three points against Charlton last time out but knows Town will be up against an equally confident team in Blackburn, who recorded a victory over high-flying Leeds at the weekend.

“They will be just as confident as we are. They had a good result against Leeds, a team who had been doing well themselves,” Mick told the Club website.

“We’ve watched a few of their games and they’ve got some good players. They have a big budget but it appears that they’ve had a bit of a mixed bag recently with their fortunes and were in a bit of turmoil not too long ago.

“But Gary [Bowyer] has come in and he seems to have settled things down and has put a decent side together.

“A side, and club for that matter, that seems a lot more consistent with Gary running it and we know full well that it will be another tough, Championship battle tonight.”

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Team news

Luke Hyam is back in contention after recovering from the back injury that kept him out of the win against Charlton last time out. Striker Paul Taylor is still sidelined with a shoulder injury and is Town’s only absentee.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer could hand a debut to recent loan signing Rudy Gestede, whilst midfielder Lee Williamson could also feature after recovering from a migraine. The visitors will be without the services of injured trio Corry Evans, Paul Robinson and Dickson Etuhu though.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Blackburn- 17th

Where they currently stand

Town- 11th  
Blackburn- 13th

Worn both badges

Jordan Rhodes. The striker came through the Academy ranks here at Portman Road but only made a handful of appearances with the Club, scoring one goal, a real poacher’s finish against Cardiff in front of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand. The Scotland international arrived at Ewood Park via Huddersfield- Town’s opponents on Saturday- and has continued his fine scoring record with Rovers. Scored the only goal of the game when the two sides met at Ewood Park last term, although this will be his first return visit to Portman Road.

Match Officials

Referee: Fred Graham
Assistants: Alan Young and Robert Whitton
Fourth Official: Stephen Rubery

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 7.45pm, with live updates coming via our official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.   


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