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BLACKBURN PREVIEW

4 April 2014

Boss delighted to be boosted by availability of Jonny Williams ahead of Ewood Park clash

Mick McCarthy has expressed his delight that he has been boosted by the availability of Jonny Williams ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Blackburn.

The midfielder extended his loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace until the end of the season earlier this week and is included in the Blues squad making the trip north to Ewood Park.

“Well I thought he would be going back to Palace after the Forest game, but thankfully they beat Chelsea and Tony [Pulis] didn’t want to change his team.

“That’s great for us and we’ve got him until the end of the season. They’ve got a 24 hour recall on him but that was always the case and even if they call him back after two games, it’s still better than I expected.

“He wants to play first-team football and he wasn’t getting his games [at Palace]. He’s a terrific player and Jonny’s loving it here.

“The fans have taken to him, as have the lads, and likewise, Jonny has taken to the lads and the fans as well, so all parties are happy he’s staying.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has a full strength team to choose from, aside from long-term absentee David McGoldrick who is ruled out with a knee ligament injury. Frank Nouble could push for a starting place after impressing when coming off the bench, setting up Daryl Murphy’s equaliser against Nottingham Forest.

Blackburn will be without the services of defender Jason Lowe, who misses out with an ankle injury. Rovers will be boosted by the return of striker Rudy Gestede though, who return from his groin injury as a late substitute against Brighton last time out. Boss Gary Bowyer is waiting on the fitness of midfield duo Corry Evans and Lee Williamson though ahead of the game.

Where they finished last season

Blackburn- 17th
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Blackburn- 11th
Town- 8th

Last time we met

Town ran out 3-1 winners over Rovers at Portman Road, in an entertaining game under the floodlights in December. Blues got off to a great start as Luke Hyam netted his first of the season, firing into the bottom corner, before Rovers hit back through former Town man Jordan Rhodes. However Town got off to a great start after the break and were soon back in front, as skipper Carlos Edwards found the net. The win was sealed late on as Frank Nouble capitalised on a mistake by Jake Kean to tap home.  

Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: Jonathan Hunt and Scott Oldham
Fourth Official: Peter Gooch

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