Boss Mick McCarthy gives us the lowdown on Boro ahead of stern test at the Riverside tomorrow
Town boss Mick McCarthy admits he doesn’t know too much about Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka, but is expecting a tough test at the Riverside tomorrow.
Blues make the trip north looking to build on last weekend’s win over Birmingham, whilst Middlesbrough will be hoping to break their duck in front of goal, having not scored in seven games.
“I don’t know their manager but he’s brought in some players on loan and they have a good squad there,” Mick told Ipswich Player.
“I know they haven’t scored for about 13 hours or something like that, so that will be the kiss of death then, but if they score once and we get two then it makes no difference.
“They have changed their way of playing maybe since Tony [Mowbray] left. They are not scoring as many goals as they were but they are more solid and not conceding as many either. Maybe one is the consequence of the other.
“They are a big club, one of many big clubs in the league. There are 18 teams in the Championship who have played in the Premier League.
The Championship is full of big clubs trying to get back to the top level and Middlesbrough are one of them. It’s going to be another tough Championship game, we know that.”
Tickets for tomorrow’s game are available to purchase on the gate at the Riverside Stadium, with no price increase on the day.
Mick McCarthy has confirmed that last week’s man of the match, Paul Taylor, will keep his place in the Town starting line-up. Defender Frazer Richardson is ineligible to face his parent-club due to the terms of his loan deal, whilst Frank Nouble, LukeHyam and Jonny Williams have all recovered from hamstring injuries and are included in the travelling squad. Anthony Wordsworth will be assessed after picking up a back injury, but should be fine to take his place in the squad. Academy scholar Teddy Bishop could be included in the travelling party after impressing the boss for the U21 side recently.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka could make changes to his team, after seeing his side fail to find the net against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, which now means it’s seven games since they last scored. Former Town man Grant Leadbitter could feature for Karanka’s side in midfield. Grant left Portman Road for the Riverside on a free transfer in 2012.
Where they finished last season
Where they currently stand
Worn both badges
Alun Amstrong. The striker goes down in folklore here at Portman Road, after netting the winner against Inter Milan in a UEFA Cup match in 2001. The forward was also on target in the return leg, netting from the penalty spot in the San Siro. Alun had earlier made 29 appearances for Boro before joining Ipswich in 2000 and spending four years in Suffolk.
Alun scores THAT goal against Inter Milan
Referee: Iain Williamson
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