Tunners is 'up for the cup' as Town take on Preston and aiming to keep up the recent good form
Ryan Tunnicliffe has said that Town are ‘up for the Cup’ and ready to take on Preston at Portman Road tomorrow.
The midfielder has been granted permission by parent-club Manchester United to feature for Blues against the Lilywhites, a side he expects to offer Town a stern challenge in the third round clash.
“Everybody wants to play in the FA Cup and I’m no different,” Tunners told the Club website.
“Obviously we’ve been doing well in the League and are unbeaten in eight games, so we want to keep that run going against Preston.
“I’ve been told I can play in the game, as I told Moyesy that I wanted to play for Town in the Cup and he’s granted me permission.
“It’s a great competition and we feel we can progress to the next round.
“Don’t get me wrong, we’re not underestimating Preston at all. They’re a good side, doing very well in League One with some tough opponents such as Kevin Davies.
“But we’re confident against anyone at the moment and we want to keep our good form going.”
Tickets for the game are priced at £15 for adults and there is no price increase if purchasing on the gate.
You can hear more from Ryan in tomorrow’s official matchday programme, priced at a discounted rate of £2.
Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that recent addition Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will feature for the Blues against Preston, after working on his fitness since arriving at Portman Road on a free transfer, whilst Scott Loach and Anthony Wordsworth will also both start. Daryl Murphy (thigh), Tommy Smith (back) and Dean Gerken (groin) are all ruled out. Midfielder Stephen Hunt is also working hard to be fit, after missing the last few games with a hamstring injury. Defenders Freddie Veseli and Elliott Hewitt, as well as striker Jack Marriott, have all moved on loan this week to Bury and Gillingham respectively so won’t feature.
Preston manager Simon Grayson could also make changes to his side, with the likes of Kevin Davies, Chris Humphrey, Scott Laird and Keith Keane all vying for a starting spot. Defender Paul Huntington is available for selection after serving his suspension, whilst recent addition Alan Browne ay also be included.
Last time we met
Town ran out 2-1 winners back in April 2011 thanks to goals from Jason Scotland and David Norris. Paul Coutts pulled back a late goal for the visitors but it was in vain as Paul Jewell’s Blues side signed off at home in winning fashion. The Lilywhites were relegated that season from the Championship.
Won both badges
Alex Mathie. The Scottish striker is still a popular figure amongst Blues supporters after a successful three-year spell in Suffolk, where he made over 100 appearances and famously scored a hat-trick against rivals Norwich City in a 5-0 win, nicknamed the ‘demolition derby’. Alex left Town in 1998 to join Dundee United but soon found himself back south of the border as he joined Preston on loan, scoring twice on his debut against Sheffield United.
Referee: Michael Naylor
Assistants: Elliott Kaye & Adam Crysell
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley