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QPR PREVIEW

10 January 2014

Positive atmosphere pleasing Frank as Town look to keep the unbeaten run going against the R's

Frank Nouble believes the positive atmosphere off the pitch is benefiting Town on it and is looking to extend the unbeaten run to 10 games against QPR tomorrow.

The striker has played a key role in helping Blues surge into the top six and has pinned in down in part to a superb team spirit within the dressing-room.

“We’re a tight-knit group and I think the good atmosphere within the team has certainly played a part in our recent good run,” Frank told the Club website.

“Obviously numbers-wise we’re not the biggest but everybody plays their part each week and the team spirit here is terrific.

“We’re confident going into every game and no one will turn us over.

“QPR are on a bit of sticky patch at the minute but everyone goes through them during the season.

“We didn’t have the best of luck at the start of the season, despite playing some tough games, but we’ve put a run together recently and propelled ourselves up the table.

“It’s going to be a tough game regardless, we know that and they have some very good players.

“But so do we and we are confident right now of beating anybody, especially at home and that’s what we will be looking to do.

“The fans have been great and we want to send them home from Portman Road smiling.”

You can hear more from Frank in Saturday’s official matchday programme (£3), where he gives us an exclusive interview with insight into what goes on in the Town dressing-room ahead of the game.

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy should have Tommy Smith and Dean Gerken back available for selection, after the pair missed the FA Cup tie with Preston last time out through injury. Daryl Murphy (thigh) is a more pressing injury concern, whilst fellow striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was forced off half an hour into his debut against the Lilywhites with a hamstring injury and is expected to sit out tomorrow’s clash with QPR.

Harry Redknapp is set to again look to leading scorer Charlie Austin to be Rangers’ biggest threat in front of goal, with Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora both lacking match sharpness. Striker Tom Hitchcock, who scored the winner against Town when the two sides met in August, has been recalled from his loan spell at Crewe and will be hoping to stake a claim for a place in the squad. Alejandro Faurlin will miss the game after suffering a serious injury back in November.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
QPR- 20th (Premier League)

Where they currently stand

Town- 6th 
QPR- 3rd

Worn both badges

DJ Campbell. The striker and boyhood QPR fan left Loftus Road this summer to team up with Blackburn, after a largely frustrating stay in West London. The former Birmingham man endeared himself to the Town faithful after a successful loan spell at Portman Road last campaign, where he finished as the Blues’ top scorer and contributed some vital strikes, including this excellent team goal against Millwall last season.

Tickets

The game has been graded as a ‘Grade B’ game, with tickets available to purchase on the gate. For full ticket prices for this fixture, click here.

Match Officials

Referee:  Phil Dowd
Assistants: David Bryan and Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official: Fred Graham

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live updates coming via the Club’sofficial TwitterandFacebook pages.


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