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FOREST PREVIEW

13 December 2013

Gerks looking for Town to pick up where they left off as Blues prepare for City Ground test

Dean Gerken is looking for Town to continue the recent good form by claiming another three points against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

The Blues stopper helped Town record a third successive victory last time out, saving a James Vaughan penalty as Mick McCarthy’s side beat Huddersfield 2-1 at Portman Road.

Now the former Bristol City man wants a repeat performance at the City Ground but admits Town will be up against a very good side in Forest.

“We’re on a good run and we want to keep that going but we know Forest will be a tough game,” Gerks told the Club website.

“Huddersfield were the in-form team when we played them and we showed our mental strength by coming from behind at winning right at the death.

“We need to take that confidence into Saturday and try and claim another victory. We are slowly climbing the table and staying under the radar a little bit.

“On a personal note I’ve been happy with my performances but the lads in front of me deserve a lot of credit because they’ve defended brilliantly.

“Any way I can help the team is a bonus and I’m just delighted to be playing regularly for a top Club such as Ipswich with some great boys in the squad.”

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased on the gate at Forest. Town have sold just over 1,000 tickets so far.

Team news

Town midfielder Cole Skuse has recovered from the ankle injury that forced him off against Huddersfield last time and has travelled with the squad. Midfielder Paul Anderson and striker Paul Taylor are Town’s only injury concerns as both players have been struggling all week with a sickness bug.

Forest are sweating on the fitness of trio David Vaughan, Darius Henderson and Danny Collins, the latter who enjoyed a loan spell with Town under former boss Paul Jewell. Defender Kelvin Wilson is still out with a back injury, whilst captain Chris Cohen has been ruled out for the season for the Reds with a knee injury. Striker Dexter Blackstock has returned to the club following a loan spell with Leeds United, which was cut short through injury that will keep the former QPR man out for the season.

Where they finished last season

Forest- 8th
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Forest- 5th
Town- 9th

Worn both badges

Luke Chambers. Town’s vice-captain is one of three former Forest players in the ranks, with David McGoldrick and Paul Anderson also having played on the banks of the Trent. The former Northampton man won promotion from League One with the Reds in 2008 and twice led Forest to Play-Off campaigns in the Championship. Joined Town on a free transfer in 2012 and has since become an almost ever-present at either centre-back or right-back. A real fans favourite due to his celebratory ‘fist-pump’ after each victory, the defender is also a real aerial threat at set-pieces.


Match Officials

Referee: Scott Mathieson
Assistants: Neil Hair & Ricky Wootton
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson

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

 

 

 

 


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