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1 November 2013

Preparations not affected despite lack of power due to Sunday's storm insists in-form striker Didz

David McGoldrick insists Town preparations have not been affected for tonight’s clash with Barnsley, despite the training ground being without power for a couple of days.

The striker and his teammates have trained as normal, with the only difference in the lack of power following Sunday night’s storm was seeing the lads report to Portman Road for breakfast before training and then again for a shower afterwards.

“The power has been out at the training ground which has been a bit of nuisance because we’ve been having to come and shower at Portman Road instead,” Didzy told the Club website.

“But we’ve been able to train on the grass here at Playford Road so there hasn’t been too many disruptions training-wise.

“To be fair the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor) wouldn’t allow anything to get in the way of training anyway, they would still work us hard and put quality sessions on.

“So really the preparations have been as they would normally be and we are all ready to go against Barnsley tonight and hopefully put right the defeat to Burnley the last time we played at Portman Road.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Paul Taylor will be named in the Town squad, with young striker Jack Marriott making way. Tayls has returned from a seven game loan spell at former club Peterborough United, whilst teenager Jack has picked up an ankle injury and is sidelined for tonight’s clash with the Tykes.

Barnsley will be without ‘keeper Luke Steele, so loanee Jack Butland will continue between the sticks. Peter Ramage could come into contention, although midfielder Paddy McCourt will be assessed after picking up a hamstring injury.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Barnsley- 21st

Where they currently stand

Town- 14th
Barnsley- 23rd

Classic encounter

Town came out on top the last time the Sky cameras filmed the Blues taking on Barnsley, in what proved to be an incredible game at Oakwell in December 2011. Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the future of former boss Paul Jewell was being speculated about in the Sky studios before the Liverpudlian inspired a majestic second-half comeback from the Blues. A brace from Keith Andrews and further strikes from Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and Jason Scotland saw Town eventually with the game 5-3 and ensure a happy trip home to Suffolk for the travelling Blue Army.

Worn both badges

Jason Scotland left Town in January by mutual consent and quickly linked up with Barnsley on a short-term deal, which was extended after the Trinidadian helped the Reds ensure Championship survival with a number of important goals. The former Swansea man scored 20 times during his time in Suffolk and returns to Portman Road this evening for the first time since departing.

Match Officials

Referee: Andy D’Urso
Assistants: Nigel Lugg & Ian Fissenden
Fourth Official: Mick Russell

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live updates coming via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook pages to keep you at the heart of the action.

Fans should also be aware of potential disruptions to their journey home after the final whistle, due to roadworks taking place near to Portman Road.

Tweets by @Official_ITFC

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