Christophe calls for focus and professionalism as Town look to cement top six place with victory over the Bluebirds
Christophe Berra has called on Town to ‘remain professional’ as Blues welcome Cardiff to Portman Road this evening, looking to push on in the hunt for a Play-Off spot.
Mick McCarthy’s side moved back into the top six at the weekend, following the win over Blackpool, with Blues facing Cardiff this evening who have little other than pride left to play for this season.
However Christophe has demanded that Town do not take anything for granted against the Bluebirds and remain focused on the task in hand.
“It can be a danger playing teams with not a lot to play for but we will remain professional as always,” the Scotland international told the official Club website.
“Cardiff have had an up and down season but I think someone mentioned that they are seven games unbeaten away from home, so they will be coming here fancying their chances against us.
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“Despite having a disappointing season from their point of view, they’ve still got a pool of quality players that can cause problems, so we will have to be right at it to get the win tonight.
“They will be playing with the freedom that creates and that can be a danger, playing a side with not much to play for. But we are professional and we never underestimate any side in this division as they are all good teams.
“We will be focused and with four games to go, it will be edge of the seat stuff but we we’re all confident.
“It might not be pretty at times but like I keep saying, it’s all about results at this stage of the season.”
You can hear more from Christophe in tonight’s matchday programme, priced at £3 and available from kiosks around the ground, as well as reading exclusive interviews with Jonny Williams, Mick McCarthy, Luke Chambers and Dean Gerken.
Town will again be without the services of midfield trio Kevin Bru, Luke Hyam and Darren Ambrose who all remain sidelined. David McGoldrick is also not match fit yet after suffering an injury setback recently, whilst Luke Varney also misses out with a hamstring problem.
Cardiff look set to be without Everton loanee Conor McAleny who limped off against Leeds, with Eoin Doyle in contention to replace him up front. Strikers Alex Revell and Federico Macheda are both struggling with back injuries, whilst the game will come too soon for injured midfield duo Anthony Pilkington and Kagisho Dikagcoi.
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Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Creative midfielder who joined Town from Arsenal in 2011, having previously spent time on loan in south Wales with tonight’s opponents. ‘JET’, as he was nicknamed, endured a hit and miss spell with the Blues, scoring 8 goals in his 71 appearances. The winger left Town ahead of the 2013/14 season, moving to League One side Bristol City in a deal that saw Paul Anderson check in at Portman Road.
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: Ryan Atkin & David Avent
Fourth Official: Andy Haines
Live commentary of tonight’s game is available on Ipswich Player from 7.45pm, with live text commentary available via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels and official Club website will also cover exclusive post-match reaction from Mick McCarthy and a member of his first-team squad.