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CHARLTON PREVIEW

29 November 2013

Berra ready for another Championship battle as Blues eye up awayday joy at the Valley

Christophe Berra is looking for Town to put right the defeat to Leicester by taking all three points against a ‘confident’ Charlton side.

The Addicks beat Doncaster Rovers in midweek in a rearranged fixture and face the Blues at the Valley tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Scottish international admits the trip to the Valley will be a difficult tie and Town can’t afford to drop their standards in any fixture at this level.  

“Going to Charlton will be another difficult game and they will be confident after getting a good result in midweek.

“You always have to give 100% and make sure you’re on form to collect victories in this league.

“If you drop your standards just a little then teams at this level can capitalise on that and punish you.

“There have been games where we feel we should have taken more points and it’s up to us to make sure we take two steps forward and not one back.

“We’re sitting nicely though and we want to push on. Hopefully we can get a good result against Charlton tomorrow and kick on.”

Town are set to be backed by a strong travelling Blue Army, with close on 2,500 supporters making the trip to cheer on the lads.

Team news

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Luke Hyam and Paul Taylor are both injury doubts for the clash with the Addicks. Midfielder Hyam is struggling with a back injury, whilst striker Taylor is hoping to shake of a shoulder knock that he picked up against Leicester last time out. New signing Jordan Graham, who has joined the Blues on loan from Aston Villa, looks set to be included in the squad whilst Aaron Cresswell returns from suspension.

Chris Powell will be without regular stopper Ben Hamer, who is ruled out with an ankle injury, so Ben Alnwick is expected to continue between the posts. Defenders Chris Solly and Leon Cort will also be absent with a knee injury apiece, so the Addicks boss may name an unchanged side from the midweek win over Doncaster.

Where they finished last season

Charlton- 9th
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Charlton- 17th
Town- 12th

Story of last season

Town came out on top the last time we visited the Valley, with goals from DJ Campbell and Daryl Murphy bringing some festive cheer back to Suffolk following our excellent Boxing Day win. The Blues’ strike duo both found the net in the first-half, with loanee Campbell also sending a spotkick wide of the target. Former Blue Danny Haynes responded for the Addicks midway through the second-half but Town held firm for all three points.


Match Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants: Carl Brook and David Woolford
Fourth Official: Graham Scott

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live updates coming via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.

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