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MATCH PREVIEW: BRIGHTON V TOWN

21 January 2015

Mick delighted to add Paddy Kenny to his squad ahead of trip to the south coast to take on the Seagulls

Town boss Mick McCarthy has expressed his delight at adding to his ranks, ahead of tonight’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Experienced stopper Paddy Kenny has followed striker Freddie Sears through the Portman Road door and he will provide cover and competition to Bartosz Bialkowski, following an injury to current back up Dean Gerken.

“I’m delighted to have Paddy here,” the Town boss told the Club website.  

“He’s a really experienced ‘keeper. He has already shown in training that he’s got what it takes between the sticks.

“He’s good around the place as well. He’s got the banter already and I like that.

“He will be on the bench while Gerks is injured but once Gerks is back, it will be him and Bart who will be joint number ones if you like. I’ve told Paddy that and he understands that.

“It’s nice to have that experienced back-up though. I had to explain to Michael Crowe that while it’s great that he’s on the bench, we need that experience if I have to call upon someone.”




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Team news

Paddy Kenny goes straight into the squad that makes the trip to the south coast and he is joined by midfield duo Cole Skuse and Teddy Bishop who have both recovered from illness. Luke Hyam and David McGoldrick (both knee) miss out through injury, with Dean Gerken (hip flexor) also sidelined.

The Seagulls could hand a debut to new loan signing Leon Best, after the striker arrived from Blackburn Rovers. Chris Hughton will be without the services of Lewis Dunk, with the defender to miss out through suspension. The Seagulls boss is sweating on the fitness levels of Craig Mackail-Smith (ankle), Greg Halford (calf) and Jake Forster-Caskey (hip), whilst Dale Stephens and Kazenga LuaLua are both doubts.

Where they currently stand

Brighton- 19th
Town- 2nd

Last time we met

A first goal in Town colours from Jonathan Parr and a stunning strike from Daryl Murphy ensured the Blues took all three points, winning 2-0 at Portman Road back in September.

Getting to the game


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Match betting


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Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistants: Stuart Butler & Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Carl Berry

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live text updates coming via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels will provide all the pre-match build-up and team news first.


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