Match preview Ipswich Town v Bolton Wanderers
Town boss Mick McCarthy believes both he and tonight’s counterpart, Neil Lennon, are both learning a lot about themselves during their respective bad runs of form.
Lennon’s Wanderers side find themselves in the bottom three whereas Town are looking for their first win in eight games when the two teams face off this evening.
“I think you learn a lot about yourself when things aren’t going well but the important thing Is not to doubt yourself,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“You can’t be too hard on yourself because there’s plenty of others that will do that for you.
“You have to believe in what you’re doing and I think we’ve seen that with ‘Lenny’. In the last couple of games they’ve played better and I think they’ve had a few players come back from injury.
“Our last two games as well have been better performances, but it’s our inability to win games at home that’s been our downfall.
“We’ve had a lot of draws in our last few games whereas I think we would have won those last year, we would have nicked those somehow so I guess we have got to find that way again.”Team news
Positive news for Mick McCarthy as both Jonas Knudsen and Jay Tabb are fit again and ready for selection after both sustained hamstring injuries in the past few weeks. Teddy Bishop nears a return, but the gaffer admitted to not wanting to rush him back too early in his pre-match press conference. Luke Hyam (knee) remains out.
Defender Prince-Desire Gouano is available for selection again after serving his one-match ban for being dismissed in the recent 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. Elsewhere, defender, Dean Moxey remains out with a persistent toe injury and young striker Zach Clough is still a long-term absentee with his shoulder injury.
Where they stand
Town – 14th
Bolton – 22nd
Last time they met
Jay Tabb scored ten minutes from time to push Town to within a point of the Play-Off places when these two sides last met in March. The midfielder’s strike proved vital as it put an end to a run of five games without victory and edged the Blues towards the Play-Offs.
The stopper has been in impressive form of late, keeping two clean sheets last month. He has also pulled off a string of strong saves to keep the opposition at bay recently, and he’ll need to be on form again to keep out Lennon’s Bolton tonight.
The former Newcastle man scored on his debut for the Trotters against Leeds recently, after being recruited by Lennon to bolster his forward line who have struggled to put the ball in the net this season. He comes with a raft of experience of English football, something which his new club will look to put to good use in their bid for survival.
Sky Bet Odds
The bookies make Town the favourites for this tie, and are available at 10/11 to win this game. Bolton on the other hand are less likely to pick up the three points according to Sky Bet, as their pre-match odds are 3/1, with the draw at 5/2.
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Paul Graham and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official: Darren England.
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