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20 December 2013

Gerks aiming to send the fans home happy ahead of Christmas period by stinging the Hornets at Portman Road

Dean Gerken has admitted he is enjoying his football again and is looking for Town to kick-on as we approach a busy period of festive fixtures.

The Town stopper has made the number one shirt his own since late August and picked up the man of the match award in his last two outings.

Now the summer signing is looking for Blues to take their recent good form into Saturday’s home clash with Watford and send the fans home happy over Christmas

“We’re playing well as a team and wherever I can play my part then that’s brilliant,” Gerks told the Club’s official YouTube channel.

“I’ve been happy with my recent performances but the lads in front of me deserve a lot of credit too, as they are defending superbly.

“I’m enjoying the season and also my football at Ipswich and there’s a great set of lads here. We’ve been at the right end of the table for the majority of the season and pushing for the Play-Offs.

“That’s where we want to be and it’s up to us to make sure we stay in that pack. We just need to keep going as we have been doing for the second-half of the season and I’m sure we will be alright.

“Watford will be a tough side to play against and they’ve got a new manager in now. But it won’t change how we prepare for a game and hopefully we can get another win and go into Christmas all smiles.”

Team news

Town may include new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the matchday squad, the 27 year-old having agreed a deal until the end of the season at Portman Road. Meanwhile Stephen Hunt is a doubt for the Blues with a hamstring injury and will be assessed ahead of the game.

The Hornets will be without injured quartet Marco Faraoni (ankle), Almen Abdi (foot), Tommie Hoban (ankle) and Essaid Belkalem (ankle) for the weekend clash. Defenders Joel Ekstrand and Lloyd Doyley both return though from suspension and hamstring respectively.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Watford- 3rd

Where they currently stand

Town- 10th
Watford- 20th

Worn both badges

Scott Loach. Town stopper who made over 100 appearances for tomorrow’s visitors, after arriving at Vicarage Road from Lincoln City. The ‘keeper spent six years with the Hornets before moving to Portman Road in 2102 to team up with the Club he has supported as a boy. A real fans favourite with the Blue Army, Scott is currently playing understudy to Dean Gerken in the Town goal.

Match Officials

Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Matthew Buonassisi and Michael George
Fourth Official: Adrian Sannerude

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

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