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MATCH PREVIEW: CHARLTON V TOWN

27 November 2015

Captain delighted with the success of the change in system in recent weeks as Blues look to extend unbeaten run at The Valley

Skipper Luke Chambers has hailed the change of system implemented by the coaching staff, which has resulted in an upturn of Town fortunes in recent weeks.

Blues go to Charlton this weekend, looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches, and the defender believes the new way of playing has brought the best out of some of the squad.

“Searsy has been doing a great job for us on the left and Kev [Bru] has come in and done a job on the right,” Luke told Ipswich Player HD.

“For me, he’s a player you need to have in your team because he gives us a lot of options when he’s got the ball and he’s a very creative player.


“In the last few games Jonny Douglas has managed to get a couple of goals and he’s got forward more, which has added a new dimension we possibly haven’t had over the past couple of years.

“The team seems to be gelling at the minute but we need to just stop conceding sloppy goals and everything would be rosy.

“We’ll be fully prepared for Saturday, and we’ll know Charlton’s strengths and weaknesses, but that’s not something we focus a lot on. We know their strengths but we’ll be looking to impose ourselves on them.”

 


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Team news

Blues will be without David McGoldrick again on Saturday, as the striker struggles to overcome a groin injury. Teddy Bishop also remains out with a hamstring complaint. Luke Hyam, Josh Emmanuel, Michael Crowe and James Alabi will all be unavailable for selection moved out on loan this week.

Chris Solly has trained with his side this week after returning from injury and interim manager, Karel Fraeye, confirmed in his pre-match press conference he will be fit to face Town on Saturday. Igor Vetokele, Ahmed Kashi and Cristian Ceballos, however, remain doubtful for the Addicks.

Where they stand

Town – 10th
Charlton – 20th

Last time they met

Town moved to within a point of being top of the league as they ran out convincing 3-0 winners the last time the two sides faced off in the final game of 2014. Tommy Smith, Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick were the scorers that day and the Addicks had no answer, as the Blues picked up another crucial three points.


Key Players

Daryl Murphy

Murph looks to have found his scoring boots again after a tricky start to the season, with the Irishman now scoring four times in his last two Town appearances. It has been four wins out of our last five matches against the Londoners and the strikers’ form could be crucial to continuing that run.


Johann Berg Gudmundsson

The Icelandic international has been involved in more goals [seven] than anybody else in the Addicks’ squad so far this season and has been an important part of their overall play. He has played in all but one of his sides Championship matches so far and will look to add to his tally on Saturday.

Sky Bet Odds

Town will go to the Valley as favourites on Saturday, with the bookies pricing them at evens to win the match. Charlton are a bit further out at 14/5 with the draw available at 12/5.

Match Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistants: Daniel Robathan & Gavin Muge
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

On advice of the Metropolitan Police, supporters of both clubs are urged to arrive at the ground early on Saturday, due to increased security measures.


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