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BURNLEY PREVIEW

3 May 2013

Elliott delighted with life at Town and is hoping to keep his place in the side for the trip to Turf Moor

Elliott Hewitt has been delighted with his maiden season at Town and is now looking to push on in the first-team.

The teenager joined Blues from Macclesfield in the summer and made his first start at Portman Road last weekend, as Mick McCarthy’s side beat Birmingham 3-1.

“I’ve been delighted with the way things have gone and I have to thank the gaffer for giving me a chance in the team,” Elliott told the Club website.

“Obviously I came here injured and I was just delighted that a massive Club like Ipswich were still prepared to take a chance on me.

“I had both my hips looked at and thankfully everything is fine now and I’m just looking to push on. My fitness has caught up with the rest of the lads, as I was a bit behind when I first arrived, so I’ve got to thank the physios and Lidds (Andy Liddell) as well.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he will make changes to his side, with the likes of Tyrone Mings, Patrick Kisnorbo and Anthony Wordsworth all hoping to be handed a Town start at Turf Moor. Elliott Hewitt could continue at right-back, despite Wolves loanee Richard Stearman recovering from the hamstring injury which kept him out of Saturday’s win over Birmingham. Only Paul Taylor and Josh Carson (both foot) are ruled out through injury for Blues.

Sean Dyche is sweating on the fitness of Kevin Long, after the defender missed the win over Wolves last weekend with a groin strain. The Burnley boss will be without central defenders Michael Duff (suspended) and David Edgar (compassionate leave) for the final game of the season, whilst Ben Mee is also expected to miss out.

Where they finished last season

Burnley- 13th
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Burnley- 14th
Town- 11th

One to watch

Charlie Austin. The striker has hit the headlines this season after notching 24 goals for the Clarets so far this term. The former bricklayer moved to Turf Moor from Swindon Town in 2011 and has continued his impressive goal scoring antics in the Claret shirt of Burnley. A real poacher in front of goal, Austin can also play just off the striker but prefers to play on the last defender and thrives off balls played into the box that he can attack.

Match Officials

Referee: Mick Russell
Assistants: Gary Evetts and Geoff Law
Fourth Official: David Webb

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