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PREVIEW: BRENTFORD V TOWN

7 August 2015

Tommy insists Town are 'raring to go again' as season gets underway at Griffin Park this weekend

  • Town kick off season at Griffin Park
  • Smith raring to go
  • Douglas could feature against old side 

'Ready to get going' is the message from Town’s Tommy Smith ahead of Saturday’s season opener away to Brentford.

The defender has put the disappointment of the Play-Offs behind him and believes that the Blues will be stronger this time round for that experience- especially with the additions of six new signings at Portman Road.

“It helps when players already know players that are already at the Club, as it helps them to settle in,” Tommy told the official Club website.

“But even the other players, like Jonas (Knudsen) who has only been here a few days but he seems to have settled in straight away.

“I think you’d say on paper it’s a stronger squad than last season, but it may take time for some players to fulfil their potential here, but I hope they can settle in and hit the ground running straight away.

“The minimum expectation has to be to reach the Play-Offs again. We can take the experience from last time round and hope it takes us one step further.

“Obviously the initial goal is those automatic spots.”


The New Zealand international who spent some time on loan at the Bees in 2010 and has some fond memories of the place, despite being there for just two months.

He also recalled his favourite Town goal, the one he scored for Town last season at Griffin Park.

“It’s nothing against the Brentford fans, it’s just one of the best goals I’ve scored technically, ” added the defender.

“I wasn’t there very long but the time I did spend there was a really good time for me. I was in and out of the team at Ipswich, picking up injuries so they gave me a solid ground to get a run of games together.”

Live commentary of the game at Griffin Park will be available on Ipswich Player, with live in-play text updates coming courtesy of our official social media channels and the Ipswich Wall. Team news will be revealed first via our official Twitter account, as Mick McCarthy hands us the teamsheet.

Team news

Town will be without centre-back Christophe Berra ahead of the season opener following his dismissal in the Play-Off second leg with Norwich, whilst full-back Jonathan Parr (thigh) is a doubt ahead of the clash. It’s likely that all the new signings- Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Brett Pitman, Ryan Fraser, Jonathan Douglas, Giles Coke and Larsen Toure- will all travel to Griffin Park looking to make their debuts.

It will be a new-look Brentford side with new manager Marinus Dijkhuizen taking charge of his first competitive game since taking over the reins from Mark Warburton in the summer. The Bees will be without familiar faces Stuart Dallas and of course, Jonathan Douglas who joined Leeds and Town respectively on Tuesday. The Dutchman has an injury to new signing Josh McEachran to contend with after the midfielder broke his foot in a training ground incident.

Where they finished last term

Town – 6th
Brentford – 5th

Last time we met

The Blues and the Bees both left Portman Road at the beginning of March with a point after playing out a 1-1 draw. Hitman Daryl Murphy opened the scoring early on before new Town signing Jonathan Douglas levelled things up just before the half hour mark, nodding into an empty net after Dean Gerken had done his best to keep out a Stuart Dallas effort.


Key Players

Jonathan Douglas

Town’s latest signing was a Brentford player as of last week but he is likely to play a part in this season opener at his old club. The midfielder scored eight times for the Bees in a very productive season last term, but was seen as surplus to requirements by the new man in charge.

Phillip Hofmann

The German striker has represented his country right the way from U-18 level, up to the U-21 side. At just 22 he looks to have a bright future in the game and has a keen eye for goal. Standing at over 6ft 4”, he could provide some real aerial issues for the Town defence and could be one to watch this season.


Sky Bet Odds

Sky Bet predict a tight match between two of last season’s Play-Off finalists with Brentford out as slight favourites at evens. Town, on the other hand, are priced at 13/5, with the draw available at 5/2. Bees striker, Andre Gray is favourite to break the deadlock, available at 9/2 to score first, with potential strike partner, Phillip Hofmann next down the list at 11/2. Last season’s top scorer, Daryl Murphy is Town’s favourite to score first at 6/1.

For many more markets visit official betting partner of the Football League, www.skybet.com

Match Officials

Referee: David Coote
Assistant Referees: Guy Stretton & Robert Hyde
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley

Live commentary of the game at Griffin Park will be available on Ipswich Player, with live in-play text updates coming courtesy of our official social media channels and the Ipswich Wall. Team news will be revealed first via our official Twitter account, as Mick McCarthy hands us the teamsheet.



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