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PREVIEW: BLACKPOOL V TOWN

31 October 2014

Hunty ready to go again at Bloomfield Road as Mick McCarthy prepares to celebrate two years in charge at Town

Stephen Hunt has praised the work of manager Mick McCarthy, as the Town boss prepares to celebrate two years in charge at Portman Road.

The midfielder worked with the boss at former club Wolves, before being brought to Suffolk last season and making his debut against weekend opponents Blackpool.

The former Reading and Hull man looks back on the progression of the Club with fondness and is now focusing on bouncing back from the disappointing draw with Huddersfield.

“We were disappointed to draw against Huddersfield after being in a winning position, but by Monday you’re back in training and focusing on the next game,” the Irish midfielder told the Club website.

“The game against Blackpool sees the gaffer celebrate two years in charge at Ipswich and you can see the progression that he’s made.

“Everybody is pulling in the same direction here and you need that to be successful. It frustrates me when people aren’t pulling in the one direction and that’s happened at other clubs, but there’s no danger of that here.

“Even if you’re not in the team, you support the boys and that is something the gaffer has brought in here. It’s a really good team spirit in place and it feels like one big family.”

The trip to Bloomfield Road last term holds special memories with Hunty, with it being the place he made his Town debut- despite the fact he could have been playing against the Blues that day.

“I think the gaffer highlighted last season what went on with me and Blackpool before I signed for Ipswich, but that’s all in the past now,” added Town’s No.12.

“I’m fully focused on doing well for Ipswich and I’m loving it here. I made my debut against Blackpool in what was a crazy game, with Murph scoring a header right at the end.

“I actually came on at left-back but I was just happy to be back out there and do a job for the team. It was great to win that game and I think the celebrations at the end say a thousand words!”   

Live commentary of the game at Bloomfield Road is available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels will be bringing the team news first from 2pm, with exclusive post-match reaction also to follow.

Team news

Town will be boosted by the return of Tyrone Mings, after the left-back served his one-match suspension. However Mick McCarthy has revealed that Jonny Parr is a doubt for the game with a groin problem, which could see Tommy Smith retain his place in the centre of defence with Luke Chambers remaining at right-back. Kevin Bru (groin) misses out, although Jonny Williams could return after missing the draw with Huddersfield through injury, whilst Jack Collison and Cameron Stewart are also available for selection and will push for a Town debut.

Blackpool may make changes for Lee Clark’s first game in charge, after replacing Jose Riga at Bloomfield Road earlier this week.

Where they currently stand

Blackpool-24th
Town- 10th

Worn both badges


Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Midfielder who joined Town in 2011 on a three-year contract from Arsenal, wearing the No.9 shirt for the Blues. ‘JET’ as he was known to fans, endured a hit and miss time at Portman Road, showing flashes of brilliance but also spending a lot of time out of the team. The midfielder or striker spent time on loan at Blackpool earlier in his career, along with Doncaster Rovers and Cardiff City. Jay left Town in 2013 to join Bristol City, with Paul Anderson moving to Blues as part of the deal.

Betting


If you fancy a flutter on the weekend’s big game, then make sure you place your bet through Sky Bet- and help Town in the process. You can back Town for the win at evens, with the draw available at 5/2. A Blackpool home win has odds of 13/15.

Getting to the game


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Match officials

Referee: Andy Haines
Assistants:
Alan Clayton & Darren Strain
Fourth Official:
Christopher Kavanagh

Live commentary of the game at Bloomfield Road is available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels will be bringing the team news first from 2pm, with exclusive post-match reaction also to follow.


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