Tommy Smith says Town are full of confidence ahead of another tough Championship fixture but isn't scared of what lies ahead
Tommy Smith has told the Club website that Town ‘fear no one’ and are looking to continue the good form at Bolton this weekend.
The Blues sit second in the Championship table but will lock horns with a Wanderers side yet to lose at home under new boss Neil Lennon.
“It’s going to be a tough game, of course, but we are full of confidence,” Tommy told the Club website.
“We’re not scared of anyone and we’re concentrating on ourselves more than the opposition.
“We look at the opposition on a Friday, having trained hard all week, and we will be ready to go at Bolton on Saturday.
“As I said, we’re not scared of anyone and we proved that against an in-form Leeds side. Hopefully we can have a repeat of that against Bolton.”
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Mick McCarthy has confirmed to the Club website that midfield duo Luke Hyam and Stephen Hunt will miss the trip to the Macron Stadium. Hyam is ruled out with an Achilles problem, whilst Hunt is absent with a virus. His brother, Noel, does return to the squad though after being unable to play against parent-club Leeds last time out.
Bolton manager Neil Lennon has won all four of his home games since taking charge but will be without the services of striker Craig Davies, who limped out with a hamstring injury against Reading. That could pave the way for an emotional ‘second’ debut for recent addition, Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has rejoined the Trotters as a free agent, with his last outing in a Bolton shirt ironically coming against Town. Kevin McNaughton (hamstring), Mark Davies (knee) and Marc Tierney (leg) are all ruled out.
Where they finished last season
Where they currently stand
Word from the opposition camp
NEIL LENNON, BOLTON MANAGER
“Well I’m not surprised to see Ipswich doing so well, because I think they’ve got the best manager in the Championship.
“Mick is vastly experienced, has taken Ireland to the last 16 of a World Cup and has had success at this level in the past.
“What you see, is what you get with Mick and I like that about him. His record speaks for itself and he gets the job done, so we know we will be in for a real challenge on Saturday.”
Worn both badges
Liam Trotter. The midfielder began his career at Town, emerging through the Academy ranks right the way into the first-team. Despite a promising start, the Ipswich-born man was shipped out on numerous loan spells from Portman Road, before being told he could leave the Club after making just 22 appearances. He quickly teamed up with Millwall and established himself as a solid Championship performer, before moving to Bolton- initially on loan- before completing a permanent switch to the North West.
Last time we met
A second-half penalty from David McGoldrick saw Town run out 1-0 winners over Bolton at Portman Road. After an even first 45 minutes, the deadlock was broken 10 minutes after the restart after Andy Lonergan brought down McGoldrick, before the striker found the net from the penalty spot. Aaron Cresswell also went close for Town, with Dean Gerken saving Neil Danns at the other end to ensure Blues took the points.
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Referee: Gary Sutton
Assistants: Daniel Meeson & Peter Wright
Fourth Official: David Richardson
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