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4 October 2013

Boss proud of players as Blues chase that first away win at Sheffield

Mick McCarthy has no doubts that his players will put the second-half display at Derby behind them when Blues take on Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

Town looked odds on for a first away win of the season when leading 4-1 at half-time at Pride Park but the Rams rallied and levelled the scores with a late equaliser from Craig Bryson. 

“We’re hurting after what happened at Derby but it happens in football and it’s happened to better teams than us. Manchester United lost the title after being 4-2 up against Everton at home a couple of years back,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player. 

“I’m immensely proud of the way we played in the first-half. We know we should have won the game – Derby were excellent in the second-half though and deserved the draw. That’s gone now, it’s in the past. Let’s crack on with it and we look forward to Sheffield Wednesday. 

“They are looking for their first win of the season. We’re looking for our first away win of course so something might give. 

“They have got some good players. They’ve been unlucky in games and I’ve heard Dave Jones talk about how they’ve not had the run of the ball. We’ve watched them and he’s right, they have been unlucky.

“They are a huge team. We will have to deal with that. We’ve done that well in the past but we know it’s going to be another difficult game, like they all are in the Championship.”

Team news 
Town have a fully fit squad to pick from. Tyrone Mings has recovered from a knee ligament injury and is included in the squad for the trip north. Luke Chambers took a knock in the draw at Derby but is not considered a doubt for the game. 

Sheffield Wednesday have Anthony Gardner missing with an Achilles injury but Dave Jones has few other injury concerns. Matty Fryatt marked his debut with a goal in their 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday after joining the club from Hull on loan. Owls’ striker Gary Madine was sentenced today to 18 months in prison after being convicted of assault. 

Where they finished last season
Sheff Wed - 18th
Town - 14th

Where they currently stand
Sheff Wed – 21st
Town- 10th

Story of last season
Jay Tabb gave Town an early lead with his first goal for the Club and Blues could and should have increased the advantage before the break. The Owls were better in the second-half though and Leroy Lita forced the ball home for an equaliser that suited both clubs in the bid to get   

Match officials
Referee: Andy Haines 
Assistants: Daniel Meeson and Michael Salisbury 
Fourth official: Mark Jones

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