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READING PREVIEW

24 January 2014

Carlos remaining upbeat and calls for Town to return to winning ways against the Royals

Carlos Edwards has told the Club website that spirit is still high within the Town ranks, despite Blues suffering three defeats on the spin.

Mick McCarthy’s side fell to defeat to Millwall last time out, with a debut goal from Ryan Fredericks winning it for the Lions.

However the Town skipper insists the mood within the camp is still positive, with a return to winning ways with three points against Reading tomorrow a priority.

“After suffering three defeats in a row, you could expect the mood in the camp to be pretty low but that’s certainly not the case here though and we’re all in high spirits still,” said Carlos, writing in his column for the matchday programme.

“The lads are feeling positive and obviously looking forward to trying to get back to winning ways against Reading tomorrow, which is what we need to do.

“We are all disappointed to have lost the last few games, of course, but this is an unforgiving League and you can’t start feeling sorry for yourselves, otherwise you will get punished.

“It’s up to us as players to keep that fantastic spirit around the place high and look to put things right on the pitch with a positive performance against Reading.

“It’s a big game for both sides and we’re looking forward to playing in front of the Blue Army tomorrow.”

You can hear more from Carlos by logging on to Ipswich Player and hearing an exclusive interview with the midfielder.

Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of tomorrow’s official matchday programme from around the ground (priced £3) and read the skippers’ notes in full, in his captain’s column.

Team news

Town will be without the services of midfielder Luke Hyam, who was stretchered off against Millwall last weekend with a knee injury following a collision with former Blue Liam Trotter. Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is still working his way back from a hamstring injury so won’t feature, whilst Anthony Wordsworth has been suffering with a bout of tonsillitis recently.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins has been boosted by the news that midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu has recovered from a calf injury that had kept the Wales international sidelined in recent weeks. He will travel with the squad to Suffolk but the Royals will be without the services of injured trio Danny Guthrie, Sean Morrison and Wayne Bridge.

Where they finished last season
Town- 14th
Reading- 19th (Premier League)

Where they currently stand

Town- 10th  
Reading- 6th

Worn both badges

Jay Tabb. The midfielder left the Madejski Stadium in the summer to join Town on a free transfer, after initially enjoying a productive loan spell at Portman Road. The former Brentford man was a real fans favourite with the Reading faithful and played his part as the Royal won the Championship title in 2012. Despite never scoring for Reading suring his four and a half years there, the midfielder netted for Blues on his first return to Berkshire but couldn’t help Town slipping to defeat on the opening day of this season.



Match Officials

Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Dave Bushell and John Magill
Fourth Official: David Rock

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

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