Mick insists that Town are full of confidence ahead of Seagulls test and wants to extend Tunnicliffe loan deal to end of the season
Mick McCarthy insists his side will be going in to tomorrow’s home date with Brighton full of confidence, despite slipping to defeat in their last outing.
The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Wigan at the DW Stadium, despite dominating the game, and the Town boss believes the performance should breed confidence throughout the squad against an equally confident Seagulls side.
“Oscar Garcia will bring his Brighton players to Portman Road full of confidence and we know it will be another tough game,” Mick told the Club website.
“They had a very good win at Bolton last week and arrive on the back of a six match unbeaten run.
“They will be full of confidence but we’re also playing well. We have done all season so I’m sure it will be an entertaining game.
“Our home form has been good so far and the fans at Portman Road have played a massive part in that. I ask them to keep that terrific support going and to enjoy the game.”
Meanwhile the Town boss has also revealed that he would like to extend the loan of midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe until the end of the season, if parent-club Manchester United agree.
“Tunners is benefitting from being involved every week – and we’re benefitting from having him here.
“He’s with us until January and then we will take it from there. If a deal suits everyone, then maybe we will see him stay with us for the rest of the season but we will look at that when the time is right.”
Mick McCarthy will make at least one change to his squad, after seeing striker Paul Taylor check out of Portman Road on loan after rejoining former club Peterborough United for a month. That could pave the way for either experienced frontman Alan Lee or young striker Jack Marriott to be on the bench for the Blues. Tyrone Mings, who has been sidelined with a knee injury that he sustained on the opening day of the season, is back in training but the game is set to come too soon for the former Chippenham man to be considered for selection.
Brighton Head Coach Oscar Garcia is to be without influential forward Craig Mackail-Smith, with the Scotland international facing a lengthy period out of action with an ankle ligament injury. Midfielders Liam Bridcutt and Andrea Orlandi are also set to miss the game through injury. Former Town loanee Keith Andrews will be hoping to earn a recall to the side.
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Keith Andrews. The midfielder checked in at the Amex Stadium at the beginning of the season, agreeing to a season-long loan from parent-club Bolton. The Republic of Ireland international, who represented his country at last year’s European Championships, spent time on loan with Town during the 2011/12 season after being brought to the Club by previous boss, Paul Jewell. Keith became an instant hit with the fans after notching nine goals for the Blues, before returning to then-parent club Blackburn. The former MK Dons captain then joined West Brom in the Premier League for the remainder of that season, scoring for the Baggies in a derby-day win over Wolves in what turned out to be Town boss Mick McCarthy’s last game in charge at Molineux.
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