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PREVIEW: TOWN V BIRMINGHAM

24 February 2015

Mick praises the work of Gary Rowett and is looking forward to locking horns with the former Burton boss tonight

  • Boss praises his opposite number
  • Five players out for Town
  • Tickets still available for Grade C fixture 


Town boss Mick McCarthy has praised the work of his opposite number Gary Rowett, ahead of tonight’s clash with Birmingham at Portman Road (KO 7.45pm).

The former Burton Albion manager has steered Birmingham away from the Championship bottom three and into mid-table since arriving at the club, a feat which has drawn the admiration of the Town boss.

However, Mick is looking forward to tonight’s clash and is expecting a good game against what he describes as a ‘hard-working’ side.

“Gary’s done a great job there and they’ve been excellent since he walked through the door there,” Mick told Ipswich Player.

“They were at the bottom of the league and on the back of an 8-0 defeat to Bournemouth when he arrived and now they are comfortably in mid-table and doing very well.

“He’s got them going there. They’ve been playing a rigid 4-5-1/4-3-3 there and they make it very difficult for teams with two sitting in midfield.

“We’ve watched a lot of their games and although they have the opportunity to freshen things up, one thing we know to expect of them is a hard-working side and it should be a good game.”


Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player from 7.45pm, with team news revealed first via our social media channels around an hour before kick-off. Live text updates and in-play action shots are on offer via the Ipswich Wall.

Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that David McGoldrick is one of five Blues to miss tonight’s clash. Luke Hyam (knee), Stephen Hunt (hamstring), Darren Ambrose (hamstring) and Noel Hunt (knee) are also sidelined for the game against Birmingham this evening.

Gary Rowett will be without the services of midfielder Koby Arthur, who misses the Portman Road clash with a thigh injury, whilst teammate David Davis- who played under Mick McCarthy at Wolves- is also a doubt with a knee injury.

Where they currently stand

Town-4th
Birmingham- 15th

Last time we met


A dramatic last minute goal from Christophe Berra ensured Town left St Andrew’s with a share of the spoils, in an entertaining 2-2 draw. The hosts went in front through defender David Edgar, before Berra pulled Town level. Clayton Donaldson then restored the hosts advantage against the run of play but deep into stoppage time, Blues grabbed a deserved share of the spoils as Berra planted a header past Randolph from a Paul Anderson cross to the delight of the travelling Town fans.

Match Tickets

Tickets are still available for the game, which has been classed as a GRADE C fixture. Tickets can be bought online via www.itfcdirect.com or on the gate via cash turnstiles.

Prices:

Adults-  £23.50  
Senior/Student- £18.50
U20- £17.50
U16- £11.50
U16 (family area)- £6.50

Match Betting


If you fancy a flutter on tonight’s game, then make sure you place your bet through Sky Bet- the Football League’s official betting partner- and help earn cash for both yourself and Town via the ‘Transfer Fund’ initiative! They make Town slight favourites at 17/20, whilst an away win is priced at 16/5. The draw is on offer at 5/2.

Match Officials

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Ronald Ganfield & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official: Darren Deadman

Live commentary of the game is available on Ipswich Player from 7.45pm, with team news revealed first via our social media channels around an hour before kick-off. Live text updates and in-play action shots are on offer via the Ipswich Wall.

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