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MATCH PREVIEW V BRIGHTON

21 March 2014

Huge game for both clubs says Mick ahead of his first trip to the Amex

Mick McCarthy is relishing his first visit to the Amex Stadium in what he describes as a huge game for both clubs. 

There is only one place separating the clubs but Brighton are five points clear of Blues and just one off the top six place. 

“It’s another crucial game for us, the first of three in a week and matches are running out now,” the Town boss told the Club website.

“It’s my first trip to their new stadium. I remember watching their opening game there and it looked terrific. I’m told it’s a fabulous place and I’m looking forward to it. 

“There will be 30,000 there and as a player that is what you want. The bigger the game, the better and this is a huge game for both clubs. 

“Their fans will be hoping to push their team on to the Play-Offs while we can’t afford to let our nearest and dearest around us take three points off us. 

“They are a very a capable Championship side who are on a good run but we can beat anyone in this league.”   

Subscribers to Ipswich Player can watch the full interview with Mick now. 

Team News
Brighton 
Matthew Upson is fit again after illness and former Town loanee Keith Andrews is available after missing last week’s 2-0 win against his parent club, Bolton. Will Hoskins could make the squad after a long term injury but Andrea Orlandi is likely to be ruled out with a thigh problem.

Town 
Frank Nouble has recovered from a hamstring injury but Cole Skuse could miss out after taking a kick in the defeat against Wigan. David McGoldrick is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury. 

Where they finished last season
Brighton – 4th
Town – 14th

Where they currently stand
Brighton - 8th
Town - 9th

Last time we met
Two first-half goals from David McGoldrick was enough to give Blues what turned out to be a comfortable 2-0 win at Portman Road earlier in the season. Brighton rarely threatened and more of the same at the Amex on Saturday would be most welcome.

One to watch 
Keith Andrews was a big hit at Town in his loan spell at the Club in the first half of the 2011/12 season. The Republic of Ireland international was a regular scorer for Blues from midfield and has played a key role in Brighton’s push for the Play-Offs lately. Dangerous when coming in from deep, he also has the ability to find the net from long range.  

Match officials
Referee: Darren Drysdale 
Assistants: Mark Mellor and Lee Swabey 
Fourth official: Graham Horwood

Betting
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Live commentary 
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Don’t forget
If you are a season ticket holder or a Silver membership holder, you can buy four match tickets for Town’s next home game, against Derby on Tuesday, at heavily discounted prices. Just £10 for adults; £8 concessions and £3 juniors. Click here for full details.   





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