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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V READING

20 February 2015

Christophe anticipating another tough clash but is confident Town can continue the promotion charge

  • Berra's full of confidence
  • Chaplow and Varney named in squad
  • Supporters Day
  • Activities in EOE Co-op stand for young Blues


Christophe Berra is looking for Town to build on the solid win at Fulham last time out, as Blues prepare for two home games this week starting with Reading at Portman Road tomorrow.

The Scotland international is anticipating a tough game despite the 17th place the Royals currently occupy, but is confident that Town can continue to push for automatic promotion to the Premier League.


“We’re looking forward to the two home games this week, especially on the back of a good win at Fulham,” Christophe told the official Club website.

“We have a good record at Portman Road and hopefully that can continue but Reading will be a tough game, despite them being down the wrong end of the table.

“When you look through their squad you can still see that they have some genuine quality in their ranks.

“That’s the Championship for you though and everybody is scrapping for points- whether that’s to get out of the relegation zone or to push on towards the top of the table.

“Thankfully we are at the right end of the table but there’s still plenty of football to be played. All we can do is try and get as many points on the board as possible and try and push for that automatic promotion place.”

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with post-match reaction from Mick McCarthy and one of his players to follow. Live text updates of the game come via the Ipswich Wall, with our official social media channels providing the team news and build up first- follow us here. 

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that David McGoldrick still isn’t fit for today’s game, although Dean Gerken has returned from a hand injury. Both Hunt’s miss out through injury- Stephen with a slight hamstring, whilst Noel could miss the rest of the season with a knee problem. Darren Ambrose (hamstring) and Luke Hyam (knee) are both ruled out. Luke Varney and Richard Chaplow are both named in the squad and could make their Town debuts against the Royals.

Reading will be boosted by the return of Michael Hector but Steve Clarke again will be without the services of Jem Karacan and defensive duo Anton Ferdinand and Chris Gunter.

Where they currently stand

Town- 4th
Reading- 17th

Last time we met


Town slipped to a narrow defeat at the Madejski Stadium earlier this season, despite a strong performance against the Royals. Jake Taylor netted the only goal of the game in the first-half, which was his first ever strike for Reading. Conor Sammon made his Town debut that day from the bench but couldn’t help Mick McCarthy’s side to a share of the spoils- dispute Tyrone Mings seeing an effort headed onto the bar by Michael Hector in the final minute.

Tickets

Town are offering a ‘kids for a quid’ promotion for the game, with tickets also available to purchase on the gate. The family area has now SOLD OUT but other areas of the stadium offering the ‘kids for a quid’ promotion are available.

Activities for young supporters


To coincide with our ‘kids for a quid’ promotion, we have plenty of activities on offer to fans sitting in the East of England Co-op Stand, outside on our field turf, many of which are FREE of charge. These include:

Bouncy castle
Live music from ‘Karma’
Go Ape- Segways
Children’s fun football session- no need to book, just turn up and play!
Speedshot
Namco Funscape
Face painting
Seckford Golf
Pleasurewood Hills
Plus much more!

Supporters Day

Supporters Day 21st February

The 6th Annual Supporters Day takes place this weekend, with Town fans travelling from all over the world including around 100 from Norway, 10 from Italy, two from the USA, two from Canada, one from Panama, one from Northern Cyprus and four from Northern Ireland as well as more local fans from mainland UK.  

A number of activities are planned including:

Saturday 21st February- day of free activities- all welcome to attend!

Pre-match social at the Dove Street Inn, 76 St Helens St, Ipswich, IP4 2LA from 12pm.  

Post-match Legends in Legends

From the final whistle we will be in Legends Bar in the Sir Alf Ramsey stand where we will be welcoming some ex-players including Bryan Hamilton, Allan Hunter and John Wark. It is a great chance to meet some of your heroes, talk to them about the match or memories from their time as ITFC players. There will be plenty of opportunity for photos and autographs. All Town fans can access Legends Bar after the game- you do not need to have sat in the Sir Alf Ramsey stand for the game. Legends Bar will be open until 6:30pm.

Match betting


If you fancy a flutter on the game then make sure you place your bet through the Football League’s official betting partner, Sky Bet, and help earn cash for both yourself and Town in the process! You can back Town to take the points against the Royals at evens, whilst an away win is priced at 13/5. You can find odds of 5/2 for the draw.

Match Officials

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistants: David Rock & Alan Young
Fourth Official: Christopher O’Donnell

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 3pm, with post-match reaction from Mick McCarthy and one of his players to follow. Live text updates of the game come via the Ipswich Wall, with our official social media channels providing the team news and build up first- follow us here. 

 

 


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