Mick ready to see his side tested against division's 'outstanding' team so far
Mick McCarthy has labelled tomorrow’s opponents Blackpool as the ‘outstanding team’ of the division so far this season, along with League leaders Burnley.
The Town boss takes his side to Bloomfield Road hoping to record a first away win of the season and admits he’s been impressed with the start that the Seasiders have made so far.
“They’ve been great. I don’t know what it is that they’ve got going, but it’s working for them at this moment in time,” Mick told the Club website.
“Perhaps it’s the team spirit that they’ve got up there. A group of guys working together and for one another with that ‘siege mentality’ philosophy, it seems to be working.
“We’ve had them watched and certainly in Tom Ince they’ve got a clear attacking threat. Ricardo Fuller has done well for them and [Stephen] Dobbie is a threat in behind.
“They’ve certainly surprised a few people this season but at this moment in time they deserve to be up there. For me, they’ve been the outstanding team along with Burnley.”
Town will be without the services of Aaron Cresswell, who begins his two-match suspension following his red card against Barnsley last time out. Tyrone Mings is expected to deputise for the left-back for his first outing since the opening day of the season. Paul Anderson is expected to shake off a groin injury and be in line to feature at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool boss Paul Ince continues his suspension, so assistant Alex Rae will be in the dugout for the Seasiders. Barry Ferguson, Craig Cathcart, Bob Harris, Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne will all sit out tomorrow’s fixture through injury, whilst doubts remain over former Town loanee Bradley Orr, who picked up a thigh injury at Nottingham Forest last time out. Jack Robinson will miss the game through suspension, as he begins a three match ban.
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The striker departed Portman Road after two seasons in the summer, linking up with Paul Ince’s Blackpool on a free transfer. Chops arrived in Suffolk from Cardiff in 2011, one of many big-name signings that close season by then-boss Paul Jewell. He finished his first season as Town’s top scorer but featured rarely once Mick McCarthy took over. He was allowed to leave the Club and quickly signed for Blackpool, where he has mainly featured from the bench. In total, Chops netted 18 times for the Blues and is expected to be in the Blackpool squad for tomorrow’s clash.
Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistants: Paul Kettlewell and Billy Khatib
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury