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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V BORO

4 December 2015

Midfielder Douglas believes the Blues are getting back to the 'Ipswich of old' as Town look to extend the unbeaten run this evening

Jonathan Douglas believes Town are getting back to their best following a good run of results which has seen them move to within touching distance of the Play-Offs again.

The Blues face Middlesbrough at Portman Road this evening, looking to extend an unbeaten run of six matches in the Championship.

“I feel like we’re playing like the team that I had to play against twice last year for Brentford,” Dougie told Ipswich Player HD.

“We were a team that I didn’t really look forward to playing against because I knew it was always going to be a tough game.


“For us, it’s not about Middlesbrough’s game, but about our own, and if we perform the way we have been performing lately then hopefully we can get the points.

“They will still be up for it just as much as us because at the end of the day, we’re both fighting to get into that top-six and get promoted. To do that you have to beat the teams that will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

“Tonight is a big game so hopefully we can show everybody a little bit more of what we’re about and get another three points.”

Team news

Town

David McGoldrick is back in the squad for tonight’s game following a few weeks out with a groin injury, although Teddy Bishop remains sidelined. Kevin Bru (hamstring) and Larsen Toure (groin) will also miss out again, after sitting out the win at Charlton, although Mick McCarthy has no new fresh injury concerns.

Middlesbrough

Boro will welcome back defender Tomas Kalas for tonight as the Chelsea loanee returns, having recovered from a knee injury which kept him out of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup defeat by Everton. Rhys Williams, Alex Baptiste and Damia Abella, however, remain out.

 


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Where they stand

Town – 7th

Middlesbrough – 2nd

Last time they met

A Patrick Bamford double as well as goals from Albert Adomah and Daniel Ayala were enough to see Town off the last time these two sides met in March. Ayala opened the scoring with less than five minutes on the clock before Daryl Murphy quickly levelled for the Blues. That was as good as it got, though as Boro took control, scoring a further three goals to claim the points.

Key players

Freddie Sears

The striker bagged his first goal since September in last week’s win over Charlton at the Valley and he will hope to go on a similar run of form to the one he had at the beginning of the season, where he found the net four times in Town’s opening six league games. Freddie has been playing out wide of late, although he still a big danger to opposing defences.


David Nugent

The former Leicester and Portsmouth striker has an incredible record of scoring against Town in his career, having scored 14 times in 13 matches. He has also scored nine times in seven matches at Portman Road including one whilst playing for the England U21s. He has been involved in more goals for Aitor Karanka’s side than any other Boro player so far this season with eight, and despite now being 30, he remains as potent a goal threat as ever.

Sky Bet Odds

Tonight’s visitors just edge out in front as favourites with the bookies, although Town aren’t too far behind. Boro are available at 6/4 to win the match, with the Blues at 2/1. According to Sky Bet, the draw is the least likely outcome at 9/4.

Match Officials

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Antony Coggins & Neil Davies
Fourth Official: Michael Bull

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