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18 April 2014

Jonny hoping for more joy against the Hornets as Town kick-off huge Easter weekend

Jonny Williams is looking to keep up his good record against Watford, by helping Town pick up three points from Vicarage Road.

The midfielder was part of the Crystal Palace side that beat the Hornets at Wembley last May in the Championship Play-Off final, with the Wales international dreaming of a repeat with the Blues before his loan is out.

The game against Watford kicks off a huge Easter weekend for Mick McCarthy’s side, with Bournemouth coming to Portman Road on Monday, although Jonny admits the only focus at the minute is tomorrow’s clash with the Hornets.

“It’s a huge game and we’re not thinking about Monday’s game until we’ve got this one out of the way,” Jonny told the Club website.

“We’re all excited for the game and we know that Watford will represent a tough test. They are a good club with good support and it will be another tough battle.

“I’ve heard we’ve sold out our allocation and the fans have been brilliant ever since I arrived here. They’ve put in the miles and hopefully we can repay them with another three points.

“On a personal level, it will be nice to play Watford as I haven’t faced them since beating them with Palace in the Play-Off final.

“That was a great day and it would be fantastic to have a repeat of that with Ipswich tomorrow.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that David McGoldrick has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from injury and has undergone surgery on his knee this week. Jack Marriott has been recalled from his loan at Woking and could be in contention for a place in the squad, whilst Sylvan Ebanks-Blake looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury. Aaron Cresswell is back fit following a groin problem, although doubts remain over Tommy Smith (calf) and Paul Anderson (hamstring).

 Watford look set to keep faith with midfielder Lewis McGugan, with the former Nottingham Forest hitting form in the last few weeks and has now moved into double figures for the season. Former Town loanee, Reece Brown, won’t be involved though after extending his loan at League One strugglers Carlisle.

Where they finished last season

Watford- 3rd
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Watford- 13th
Town- 8th

From the boss

Mick McCarthy speaks to our official YouTube channel ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Vicarage Road and discusses Town’s injury problems ahead of the game.

Match Officials

Referee: Gary Sutton
Assistants: Barry Holderness & Grant Taylor
Fourth Official: David Phillips

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with a live blog coming via the Ipswich Wall. Keep up with all the pre-match build up, including the official and first word on the team news via our social media channels.



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