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14 August 2015

Giles ready to face former friends but insists sentiments will go out the window as he plots win for Blues

Town midfielder Giles Coke admits there will be no sentiments, as he looks to help Blues to victory against former side Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

The midfielder admits he enjoyed his time at the Owls and is looking forward to catching up with old friends come Saturday, but insists it won’t blur his intentions to go out and win the game.

“I had up’s and down’s like everyone does at clubs but I really enjoyed myself there,” the midfielder told Ipswich Player HD.

“I was there for five years and made a lot of friends so I’m sure I’ll see a lot of the boys when they come on Saturday, but I’m at Ipswich now and I’m hoping we can beat them on Saturday.

“Sheffield Wednesday is a very big club. They should be up there and for whatever reason they haven’t been so they have the opportunity with the takeover now to try and push up and get promoted the same as us.”

Giles made his first start for the Club in  midweek against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup and helped guide the team to a 2-1 victory, with Josh Yorwerth and Jay Tabb scoring for the Blues.

Despite a solid performance, he believes that Town can build on that and go into the next few matches looking to pick up maximum points.

“The boys are up for it and everybody’s giving their all, so training’s been really good,” added the former Motherwell man.

“With cup games it is always difficult and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Stevenage to be fair to them gave us a tough game but I think we dealt with it and got the victory in the end.

“I’m really looking forward to Saturday. It’s going to be a tough game as they’ve started their season really well so we’re definitely going to be up for it and give 100% so hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live text updates via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive Town team news will be revealed at 2pm via our official social media channels.

Team news

Kevin Bru is still a doubt for Town after struggling with a hamstring injury he picked up in training early on in the week but in brighter news, Mick McCarthy hopes Jonathan Parr will be available for selection following the thigh injury he sustained in pre-season. Parr hasn’t played yet this term but has trained this week and could be in line to make his first appearance of the season.

Teddy Bishop (hamstring) and Luke Hyam (knee) remain out for the Blues.

Owls boss, Carlos Carvalhal, made nine changes to the side that won on the opening day in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup victory and the 4-1 win, so faces a selection dilemma ahead of their trip to Suffolk.

They will, however be without Claude Dielna and Felipe Melo, with both out of Saturday’s match with injuries.

Where they stand

Town – 9th
Sheffield Wednesday – 4th

Last time they met

These two last squared off in February with Town securing all three points at Portman Road, coming from behind to win 2-1. Kieran Lee opened the scoring midway through the first half for the Owls, but two goals in 15 second half minutes from Daryl Murphy and Club captain Luke Chambers ensured victory for the Blues.

Key Players

Ryan Fraser

The nippy winger transformed Town’s fortunes during Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup victory over Stevenage- and will be looking to inflict similar damage on our Championship opponents this weekend. Fraser came on for debutant Larsen Toure at half-time midweek and assisted the first goal, whipping a corner in for Josh Yorwerth to nod home his first goal for the Club as well as causing the Boro defence all kinds of problems with his dribbling.

Lewis McGugan

The former England youth international is always a goal threat for the Owls and netted his first of the season in his side’s 2-0 opening day victory over Bristol City. He was an unused substitute in the midweek Cup victory over Mansfield Town. He watched on from the bench as his side eased to a comfortable victory with debutant Modou Sougou grabbing his first Wednesday goal.

Sky Bet Odds

Town just edge out Saturday’s visitors as favourites with the bookies with the hosts available at 21/20 to win the match with Wednesday at 13/5. It seems as if the traders are finding it a tough one to call with the draw available at 23/10. As usual, Daryl Murphy is Town’s most likely to break the deadlock, as he sits at 9/2 to score first.

Match Officials

Referee: James Linington
Assistants: John O’Brien & Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Alan Young

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live text updates via the Ipswich Wall. Exclusive Town team news will be revealed at 2pm via our official social media channels.

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