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6 December 2013

Murph looking to contribute as Town prepare to take on in-form Terriers at Portman Road

Daryl Murphy is hoping to add to his goal tally for the season, if selected, against Huddersfield tomorrow as the striker closes in on 100 starts for the Blues.

The Republic of Ireland international, who has made 98 starts for Town, admits he has been pleased with his performances so far although insits he isn’t one to set himself any goal targets.

Helping the team out is the name of the game for Murph and he’s hoping he can do just that in what will be another tough game against an in-form Terriers side at Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

“Huddersfield are on a good run and it will be another tough game, but we are confident ourselves after the recent wins,” the former Celtic man told the Club website.

“Obviously we all want to play and if selected I will be doing my all for the team and trying to contribute in any way I can.

“I’m happy with my performances so far and my goals tally too.

“I feel I should have scored a few more goals but at least I’m getting into the positions to score and I’m sure I can add a few more to my tally.

“I’m not one to set myself any targets or anything like that but I’m pleased with what I’ve contributed so far.

“Of course I want more, any striker would say the same, but if I can contribute to the team with goals and assists then I will be happy.”

Tickets for the game against the Terriers are still available via Planet Blue and cash turnstiles on the day, with the clash listed as a GRADE C fixture. Ticket prices can be viewed by clicking here.

Team news

Town are likely to again be without the services of Paul Taylor, who is suffering with a shoulder injury, whilst right-back Elliott Hewitt is definitely sidelined. The Wales U21 international has returned early from his loan spell with Gillingham because of an ankle injury. Teenage striker Jack Marriott has extended his loan stay at Woking until the New Year.

Huddersfield welcome back midfielder Adam Clayton from suspension, but doubts remain over Danny Ward (dead leg) and Martin Paterson (hamstring). Long-serving defender, Peter Clarke misses the game with a knee injury though.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Huddersfield- 19th  

Where they currently stand

Town- 9th
Huddersfield- 10th

Worn both badges

Marcus Stewart. A prolific scorer for both Town and the Terriers, the striker was controversially sold to the Blues from the then named McAlpine Stadium midway through the 1999/2000 season. Marcus went from strength to strength with the Blues, helping George Burley’s side earn promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs before then finishing as the Premier League’s top English goalscorer, as Town finished in 5th place in the top flight to ensure European football would return to Portman Road. Later went on to have spells with Sunderland, Bristol City and Yeovil before finishing his career with Exeter, before rejoining first club Bristol Rovers as a coach.

Match Officials

Referee: Gary Sutton
Assistants: Mark Mellor & Christopher Powell
Fourth Official: Graham Horwood

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live updates coming via the Club’sofficial Twitter,FacebookandInstagram pages.

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