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PLAY-OFF PREVIEW: TOWN V NORWICH

8 May 2015

Chambers wants everyone in Blue to give it one final push as Town look to secure date at Wembley by beating the Canaries


Luke Chambers is looking for Town to give it one final push, as the Blues prepare for the Championship Play-Offs.

The skipper, who will lead Town out against rivals Norwich City over two legs, has called on the Blue Army, the players and the staff to all give it their all as Mick McCarthy’s side plot a path to Wembley.

“It’s been a long hard season and everyone is ready to give it one final push,” the captain told the official Club website.

“That’s the players right up to the fans. Let’s all be together and play our parts and we really appreciate the backing from the fans.

“We need it again over the next two, possibly three games and I’m sure they will be right behind us. It does play a part and I think it shows how everyone is in it together.

“We’ve reached our first goal of making the Play-Offs and we are ready now.

 


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“This Club has been in the wilderness for too long and you could have lost the fans. Not Ipswich Town supporters though, they’ve stuck with us throughout and they’ve got stronger as the season has gone on," added Luke.

“No matter what happens, we’ve still got another 90 minutes to play against Norwich at their place.

“The game won’t be won or lost in the first game but it’s important we put ourselves in a good position.

“We need the fans to stay with us as always and get right behind us and hopefully we can all be celebrating together at the end of the game. We need them more than ever but I know the fans will be right behind us today and next weekend.”

You can read more from Luke in our Play-Off special matchday programme, priced at £3 and available at kiosks around the ground.

Team news

Town have been boosted by the return of Luke Varney, who was unable to play against parent-club Blackburn last time out due to the terms of his loan agreement. Dean Gerken has overcome an injury scare, whilst Luke Hyam and David McGoldrick have both trained with the first-team, but the game is likely to come too soon for them.

Norwich will be without striker Lewis Grabban, who is suspended after receiving a red card against Rotherham recently. The Canaries will be boosted by the return of striker Cameron Jerome, whilst boss Alex Neil also waits on the fitness of Steven Whittaker and Alex Tettey.

Where they finished

Town- 6th
Norwich- 3rd

One to watch

Bradley Johnson has been a consistent performer in the Canaries midfield this term, chipping in with an impressive 15 goals. A former teammate of Luke Chambers at Northampton, the former Leeds man has a wide array of passing and arrives late in the box. Scored the first goal against Town during Norwich’s 2-0 win at Carrow Road back in March.

Match tickets

Tickets for this game are very limited, with just a handful of restricted view tickets remaining. Tickets will not be sold on the day, with the game ALL TICKET. Each person must have a paper ticket for this fixture, as season cards WILL NOT gain entry to the stadium.

Match Officials

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants:
Peter Kirkup & David Bryan
Fourth Official:
Stuart Atwell

Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports tomorrow, or if you’re not a subscriber, you can catch live commentary on Ipswich Player. Our social media channels will also carry live text commentary as well as the pre and post-match reaction.  

 

 

 

 


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