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14 January 2014

Loachy ready for 'stern' Preston test but is eyeing up a passage to the fourth round

Scott Loach is looking forward to a ‘stern test’ against Preston in tonight’s FA Cup third round replay, with the ‘keeper also hoping to show the boss that he is ready for action when called upon.
The Town stopper is set to be between the sticks at Deepdale this evening, with Blues looking to progress to the next round to take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. 
“Hopefully it’s a chance for me to get another 90 minutes under my belt and it provides that opportunity for me to knock on the door [of the first-team],” Loachy told the Club website.
“Obviously with the congested League fixture list, a midweek trip isn’t ideal but we are all looking forward to facing Preston and we know that they will offer a stern test.
“They’re a good side, with some experienced players and it will be a good challenge for us. The main thing though is that we want to progress to the next round.
“We will be going up there with the mentality to win the game and hopefully making a long trip home seem a lot shorter on the way back, by getting the right result.”
Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased on the gate at Deepdale, priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £3 for U16’s. 
Team news
Mick McCarthy has confirmed to the Club website that Academy scholars Byron Lawrence, Kyle Hammond and Matt Clarke will all be included in the travelling party making the trip to Deepdale. The Town boss has included the young trio after seeing first-teamers Cole Skuse (dead leg), Aaron Cresswell (fluid on the knee), Luke Chambers and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (both hamstring), Anthony Wordsworth (tonsillitis) and Daryl Murphy (thigh) all struck down by injury. Scott Loach, Tyrone Mings and Stephen Hunt are all expected to feature. 
North End boss Simon Grayson won’t be able to field new signing Scott Wiseman, who isn’t eligible following his recent arrival from Barnsley. Striker Kevin Davies, who netted Preston’s equaliser against Town, could return to the starting line-up, whilst Stuart Beavon is pushing for a recall after recovering from a virus. 
Last time we met 
Preston striker Kevin Davies ensured both sides would meet again at Deepdale in a third round replay, as the Lilywhites held Town to a 1-1 draw at Portman Road 10 days ago. Blues took the lead midway through the first-half as David McGoldrick fired a rebound past Declan Rudd, after the North End stopper had initially saved the striker’s spot-kick. However Mick McCarthy’s side were soon pegged back, with veteran forward Davies coolly slotting past Scott Loach to level the scores. Both sides pushed for a winner but it wasn’t to be and we go again at Deepdale tonight with a trip to Nottingham Forest in the next round the reward for the victors.
Foot in both camps
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.

Match Officials
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant: Alf Greenwood and Ollie Yates
Fourth Official:  Darren Bond 
Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from £7.45pm. Live updates will be provided from the press box at Deepdale via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. 

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