Mick McCarthy is looking for the Blue Army to play their part in what he describes as a ‘big occasion’ when Town host Play-off rivals Wigan on Saturday.
The game kicks off a run of four matches against clubs in and around the top six for Blues, with the Latics arriving at Portman Road as in the in-form team in the Championship with seven successive wins.
“Our support has been terrific this season and to see over 1000 fans at Yeovil on Tuesday night, just a few days after many of them had probably made the same long journey to Middlesbrough was fabulous,” said the Town boss.
“We know most away games are treks for the supporters but Middlesbrough and Yeovil are proper treks! That support gives the lads a real lift and the fans certainly deserved the applause the players gave them after the final whistle on Tuesday night.
“We need that support behind us against Wigan. It’s a big occasion and the fans can make a difference.
“We need all that support behind us. If it’s not going to plan at the start, stay positive. There have been times this season when we have been slow to get going and been chasing the game and the fans have been brilliant then and helped us get over the line.”
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Frank Nouble misses out again with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the win at Yeovil while David McGoldrick will be the only other definite non-runner, Town’s top scorer out with knee ligament damage.
The FA Cup holders will be missing their Wembley final hero, Ben Watson, who will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. Chris McCann, Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney are also in the treatment room.
Where they finished last season
Town – 14th
Wigan (18th Premier League)
Where they currently stand
Town - 9th
Wigan - 7th
Last time we met
Town turned in one of the best performances of the season and created a hatful of chances but still went down to a 2-0 defeat at the DW Stadium. Goals from Ryan Shotton and Nick Powell at either end of the game saw the Latics to the three points.
One to watch
Ryan Tunnicliffe will be a familiar face to Town fans, the midfielder having spent the first half of the season on loan at Portman Road from Manchester United. He returned to Old Trafford in January and subsequently signed for Fulham, who then loaned him out to Wigan until the summer.
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: David Avent and Robert Whitton
Fourth official: David Rock
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