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BRISTOL CITY PREVIEW

25 January 2013

Luke insists Town are well prepared for trip to Ashton Gate and is eyeing up three points against the Robins

Luke Hyam insists Town are well prepared for the weekend’s trip to Ashton Gate and is looking forward to the clash against the Robins.

Blues have managed to beat the recent cold snap and training hasn’t been too disrupted by the icy conditions, much to the delight of the Town midfielder.

“We’ve managed to get on the pitches this week despite the weather and we’ve prepared well for the game,” Luke told the Club website.

“We’re looking forward to the game and we want to improve on Saturday’s draw with Barnsley.

“We played Bristol recently at home and they looked quite good, despite being at the bottom of the table and obviously they’ve got a new manager now.

“But we’ve prepared well all week and we are all itching to get back out there this weekend and try and get the three points.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy expects to have a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate, with strikers Aaron Mclean and David McGoldrick hoping to retain their places up front. Defender Bradley Orr, who enjoyed a successful stint with the Robins earlier in his career, will play his last game for Blues this weekend, before returning to parent-club Blackburn following the completion of his loan spell.

Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll will be without winger Albert Adomah, who is away on international duty with Ghana at the African Cup of Nations. The former Forest manager is hoping to have Sam Baldock and Paul Anderson back from injury in time to feature against Town.

Where they finished last season

Bristol City- 20th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Bristol City- 24th
Town- 19th

One to watch

Jon Stead. Well known figure to Blues fans after the striker spent time at Portman Road, prior to joining the Robins in 2010. The former Huddersfield man is an experienced performer at this level and plays as the focal point of Bristol City’s attack. Came through the ranks at hometown club Huddersfield, before taking in stints with Blackburn, Sunderland, Derby and Sheffield United prior to joining Town.

Match Officials

Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistants:
Neil Radford and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official:
Kevin Johnson

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live updates and exclusive Town team news coming direct from the Club’s official Twitter account- @Official_ITFC.


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