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28 January 2014

Mick looking to avenge August defeat to Brian McDermott's side and record a second win of the week

Mick McCarthy is looking for Town to build on the win over Reading, by putting in another good performance at Elland Road this evening.

Blues will be hoping to avenge the 2-1 defeat they suffered to Leeds back in August, a game that the Town boss felt perhaps wasn’t justified.

“We probably should have won that game, when we met back in August,” Mick told Ipswich Player, in our ‘Kick-Off’ show.

“We bashed them for 30 minutes and then they got a goal in the first-half, before a deflection in the second won it for them

“They’ve lost a couple recently but they’ve played well. We watched the DVD of their defeat to Leicester and they put in a good performance.

“I think Brian [McDermott, Leeds manager] has done a good job there but there has been a bit of unrest slightly up there. If we can capitalise on any upheaval in that sense or with their current takeover bid, then that will be brilliant.

“We know it will be a tough game up there but we want to build on the Reading performance.”

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that skipper Carlos Edwards has shaken off the groin problem that forced him to withdraw at half-time during the win over Reading on Saturday and he makes the trip to Elland Road. Joining Carlos in the travelling Town party is recent addition Frazer Richardson, who has joined the Blues on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake remains sidelined though with the hamstring injury he picked up on his Town debut against Preston earlier this month.

The Whites will be without the services of striker Matt Smith, who is suspended following his red card in their recent defeat to Yorkshire rivals, Sheffield Wednesday. January additions Cameron Stewart and Jimmy Kebe will both be hoping to start, whilst midfielder Luke Murphy is also pushing for a recall to the side.

Where they finished last season

Leeds- 13th
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Leeds- 12th
Town- 7th

Worn both badges

David Norris. The midfielder clocked up over 100 appearances for Town, after arriving at Portman Road from Plymouth in January 2008. He departed Suffolk in 2011 after rejecting the option of a new contract and instead linked up with Portsmouth. His time on the south coast didn’t last long though and he moved to Elland Road after just one season at Fratton Park. The midfielder has made 30 appearances for Leeds although finds himself out of favour at the minute and has been made available for transfer.

Match Officials

Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Ross Joyce and Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official: David Richardson

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live match updates and exclusive Town team news coming first via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook pages.


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