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31 December 2013

Boss happy for Blues to remain under the radar as he plots top six finish come May

Mick McCarthy has insisted he isn’t bothered whether Town are in the spotlight or quietly kept under the radar, as long as Blues continue to progress up the table during the second-half of the season.

Town recorded four points over the festive period thanks to a win away at Doncaster on a point on the road at Bournemouth, with the Blues boss confident his players can book a place in the top six come May.  

“Some people have said that we have gone under the radar so far. That doesn’t bother me at all, though I’d be just as happy if we were in the spotlight and five points clear at the top!” Mick explains in his column for the matchday programme (priced at £3).

“We may not have been getting the publicity but other teams around us will be very aware of Ipswich Town. They will know we are hard to beat and will be conscious that we are in there fighting for a place in the top six and capable of getting one.

“While we’re on a good run at the moment, we all know how fickle the Championship is. Look at Leicester for example. They beat us, then lost two on the bounce. They go to QPR and win and now they’re four points clear at the top.

“It’s about trying to get some consistency and taking the points that come along.”

You can read Mick’s notes in full in tomorrow’s matchday programme, priced at £3 and on sale around the ground.

You can also hear from skipper Carlos Edwards in our featured interview, review 2013 in pictures and get the first exclusive word from recent signing, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on why he chose Town over the other interested parties vying for his signature.

Team news

Doubts still remain over the fitness of duo Stephen Hunt and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake ahead of the clash with the Addicks. Hunt has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, whilst recent addition Ebanks-Blake is still working up his match fitness and is more likely to be involved against Preston in the FA Cup. Elliott Hewitt is still sidelined with an ankle injury, however Ryan Tunnicliffe should be fine to take his place in the matchday squad, with Town lodging the paperwork to extend his loan from Manchester United with the FA before the deadline and are now waiting on approval ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Charlton will be hoping to have Chris Solly back in contention, with the defender recovering from a knee injury. Cameron Stewart, on loan at the Valley from Premier League side Hull, is expected to feature for the Addicks for the final time, with his loan to expire after the game.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Charlton- 9th

Where they currently stand

Town- 6th
Charlton- 19th

Worn both badges

Danny Haynes. The former Blues frontman is currently plying his trade for League One outfit Notts County, having left Charlton in the summer after spending 18 months at the Valley. The striker was a popular figure at Portman Road, having progressed through the Academy ranks, and grew a knack of scoring important goals against East Anglian rivals, Norwich City.

Match Officials

Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistants: Richard Hulme & Richard Martin
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live updates coming via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook pages

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