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4 January 2013

Mick says changes to the team but Blues out to cause an upset

Mick McCarthy will be making a number of changes to his team for the FA Cup trip to Aston Villa but says whatever team he puts out will be going all out to cause an upset.

The Town boss will be missing Bradley Orr and Stephen Henderson, who are not permitted to play due to the terms of their loan. 

Andy Drury will be missing with a virus which kept him out of the New Year’s Day defeat by Brighton while Luke Chambers sustained a broken nose during training yesterday, although the defender is expected to be fit. 

DJ Campbell has returned to QPR with his loan spell over, with fellow loanees Danny Higginbotham and Bilel Mohsni also completing their deals and no longer at Portman Road. 

“From the team that has been playing over the last few weeks, we have lost four players,” Mick told Ipswich Player. 

“There will definitely be changes. We have to but whatever team of mine goes out onto that pitch, we will be going all out for the win.

“All the pressure is on Villa really. It’s not a game they would want to lose anytime but given their position in the Premier League, they will want to win it even more.”

Villa have a Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg with Bradford next week but their status in the Premier League is in doubt, with the club sitting just a point outside the drop zone and pressure said to be mounting on manager Paul Lambert. 

“It looks like they have changed the ethos of the club and have brought in a lot of younger players rather than using experienced ones as they have done in the past,” added Mick. 

“It’s been difficult for Paul but Villa should have a lot of trust in him because he’s a very good manager and a good guy as well. 

“He did a fantastic job at Norwich and was flavour of the month but results change things very fast in football. I’ve been there myself, that’s the nature of the job.” 

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