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MATCH PREVIEW V CHARLTON

28 November 2014

Blues backed by large travelling support with a win lifting Town into top two

Town will be backed by a travelling support of over 2200 at Charlton on Saturday, where a win would take Blues into the automatic promotion places.

The game is being shown live on Sky TV, with kick-off at 12.15pm but that hasn’t stopped the Blue Army travelling in their numbers to the Valley. 

There will be tickets on sale to Town fans before kick-off, from the South Stand Ticket Office so that number could swell on the day.

“The support we had at Bournemouth was fantastic last week and it’s great that so many will be at Charlton as well,” Town boss Mick McCarthy told the Club website.

“Charlton have had a good start to the season and are doing well. They look a real solid outfit. 

“I was amazed that Chrissie Powell left them last year but they stayed up. I think they would have stayed up with Chris in charge anyway to be honest. 

“They had a new manager [Jose Riga] come in and then made another change with Bob Peeters taking over and he’s done a great job. 

“They have signed a lot of players and are going well. They are unbeaten at home so we know what’s ahead for us.”

Team news
Charlton: Former Town loanee Stephen Henderson misses the game with a shoulder problem. The Addicks have concerns about top scorer Igor Vetokele and Yoni Buyens while Rhoys Wiggins and Simon Church are definitely out.

Town: Christophe Berra will serve a one match suspension. Blues have injury worries over Teddy Bishop and Tyrone Mings and Cameron Stewart is definitely out with a hamstring injury. Kevin Bru is also on the sidelines. Noel Hunt, who has joined Town on loan from Leeds for a month, will be in the squad with Sean St Ledger, who has signed a short term contract, also in contention.   

Foot in both camps
Matt Holland skippered both Town and Charlton. He spent six years at Portman Road, clocking up 259 League appearances before heading to the Valley in 2003, where he spent another six years. The Republic of Ireland international played 191 times for the Addicks. 

Officials 
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant referees: Geoffrey Russell and Alan Young
Fourth official: Darren Sheldrake

Follow every kick
Ipswich Player will have live commentary of the game at the Valley plus highlights of the match will follow over the weekend.  There will also be extensive coverage through the Club’s social media channels.  

Fancy a flutter
Click on SkyBet.com for the latest odds on Town climbing into the top two.




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