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21 September 2013

Berra looking for Town to keep winning feeling going as Blues make the trip north to Wigan

Christophe Berra wants Town to build up some momentum as Blues look to finish the month strongly.

Mick McCarthy’s side recorded successive home victories against Middlesbrough and Yeovil in their last two outings and are looking to add to that with three points against Wigan tomorrow, although Christophe knows that won’t be an easy feat.

“It’s going to be a tough game and Wigan are a team that you’d expect to be challenging come the end of the season,” the Scotland international told the Club website.

“They’ve obviously played in Europe this week and made a long journey, so they may be a little tired but they rested a few players and they’ve got a good squad anyway.

“But we’re in a confident frame of mind following the two wins last week (Middlesbrough and Yeovil) and we will be looking to win this game as well.

“We want to build up a bit of momentum and finish the month strongly with good performances against Wigan and Brighton.”

Team news

Mick McCarthy has been boosted by the return to fitness of winger Paul Anderson, who sat out Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Yeovil with a groin injury. Defender Tyrone Mings is also closing in on a first-team return, after joining in with training this week after a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury that he picked up on the opening day of the season.

The Latics could make a number of changes to the side that drew with Zulte-Waregem in the Europa League, with Shaun Maloney and Jean Beausejour likely to return to the starting line-up. Grant Holt faces a late fitness test for Wigan ahead of the game, although Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Ali Al Habsi are all set to miss out.

Where they finished last season

Wigan- 18th (relegated from Premier League)
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Wigan- 15th
Town- 12th

Foot in both camps

Jason De Vos. Popular figure for both Town and Wigan, Jason wore his heart and his sleeve and had successful spells as skipper of both sides. The Canadian international arrived at Portman Road in 2004, after leaving the then JJB Stadium and went on to make 171 appearances for the Blues. He received a standing ovation from the Blue Army after his final game at Portman Road, against Hull and remains a popular character to this day. Jason now works in the media in his native Canada but still keeps in contact with the Club and even writes a regular column for the official matchday programme.

Match Officials

Referee: James Adcock
Assistants: Nicholas Gibbons and Jason Whitele
Fourth Official: Barry Cropp


Tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased on the gate with no increase in Matchday pricing.

Adults- £15
Concessions- £10
Juniors- £5

Live commentary of the game at the DW Stadium will be available on Ipswich Player, with live match updates coming via our official Twitter and Facebook pages.


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