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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V STEVENAGE

11 August 2015

Mick to make a host of changes as Blues welcome League Two side to Portman Road this evening

Ryan Fraser remains optimistic about Town’s promotion credentials despite a disappointing end to the first match of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Ryan scored early in the second-half to put the Blues two goals up against Brentford, but the Bees rallied and scored two injury time goals to snatch a point.

He did concede, however, that Saturday’s result felt like a defeat, having controlled such a large portion of the match comfortably only to be foiled so close to the end.

A run of three matches at Portman Road within a week will now follow, allowing the team to put it behind them, starting with tonight’s Capital One Cup clash with Stevenage.

“I think we can get promoted. Obviously it’s early on and there are 45 games left but there’s no doubt about it we can do it," Ryan boldly told the official Club website. 

“The dressing-room was a little low on Saturday as you could imagine but we’re all focusing on Stevenage now and looking to progress in the Cup.

“If we get a win tonight, and then get a win on Saturday, you’re through in the Cup and have four points from the first two games, and everybody will forget about the draw against Brentford.”

Live commentary of tonight’s clash is available on Ipswich Player HD, with live text commentary via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive team news and behind-the-scenes features will be available throughout the day on our official social media channels.

Team news 

Mick McCarthy will hand debuts to youngsters Josh Yorwerth and Myles Kenlock for the visit of Stevenage as well as Guinea international, Larsen Toure.

In all, Mick will make ten changes to the side that drew with Brentford on Saturday, with captain Luke Chambers the only one to keep his place in the side. Other new signings, Giles Coke and Jonathan Douglas are in line to make their first starts for Town after making cameos from the bench at the weekend.

Kevin Bru will miss out however, after the midfielder picked up a hamstring injury. Jonathan Parr (thigh), Luke Hyam (knee) and Teddy Bishop (hamstring) also remain on the sidelines.

Teddy Sheringham will be without striker Tom Hitchcock following the striker’s dismissal in Stevenage’s season opening defeat to Notts County at the weekend. Boro have no fresh injury concerns going into tonight’s game as they look to bounce back following their loss on Saturday.

Where they stand

Town– 9th (Championship)
Stevenage– 21st (League One)

Last time they met

In fact, the only time these two have met previously was in the Capital One Cup in 2013 where goals from Filipe Morais and Jordan Burrow sealed a 2-0 victory for the Hertfordshire based club and saw them progress into the second round of the competition.


Key Players

Larsen Toure

Toure will make his Town debut on the wing tonight and the Guinea international, who has played in the Europa Leagu,e will look to make his mark in English football. Larsen was an unused substitute on Saturday but will pull on the Blue shirt for the first time tonight.

Chris Whelpdale

The 26-year-old netted seven times from midfield for Boro last term and was a big part in their Play-Off run where, like Town, they fell at the semi-final stage. Whelpdale has always had an eye for goal, once scoring 12 times in a single season whilst at Gillingham and he will look to opening his account at Portman Road.


Sky Bet odds

The Blues come into this cup-tie as the bookies favourites, currently sitting at 4/7 to progress into the next round in normal time, and at an even shorter 2/7 to qualify through any means. Town’s opponents are available at 9/2 to win in 90 minutes, or 5/2 progress. Penalties are a possibility in tonight’s match, should it still be level after extra time and you can get either team to win via spot-kicks at 12/1.

Match Officials

Referee: Fred Graham
Assistants: Elliott Kaye and Andrew Aylott
Fourth Official: Lee Betts

Live commentary of tonight’s clash is available on Ipswich Player HD, with live text commentary via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive team news and behind-the-scenes features will be available throughout the day on our official social media channels.

 


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