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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V CARDIFF

30 October 2015

Bru still confident of promotion push this season as the Blues look to get back to winning ways against Cardiff this weekend

Kevin Bru believes Town are still more than capable of making the Play-Off places, despite a mixed start to the season.

The Mauritian international has worked his way back into the squad after his injury troubles and he is sure that one win can see Town push up the table.

“We need a series of results in order to go back up the table so hopefully we can win on Saturday,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“I think if we can get that win, everything will start going the right way again and I’m confident we can still get in the top six because there’s still a lot of games to play.



“The fans at Ipswich are very good and they’re always behind the team whether we win or lose, which is really good to have.

“It’s always good when the fans like you personally, and when they sing my name it is good for me and good for my confidence.

“I’m now in my second year here, and I feel much better with the language, with the life, and with the football so it has been much easier for me.” 

Team news

Town

Luke Hyam (knee), Ryan Fraser (knee) and Jay Tabb (hamstring) are the notable absentees for Town ahead of the visit of Cardiff, but Teddy Bishop edges ever closer to his return. Bishop played the full 90 minutes in Monday’s U21 loss to Crystal Palace, although it is likely that Saturday’s game will come too soon for the youngster. Cole Skuse should be fit to play despite being forced to come off in last week’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Cardiff

Russell Slade will be without Kenwyne Jones, as the big striker is yet to return from a leg injury he sustained while on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago, although it wasn’t as bad as initially feared and he could be back as soon as Tuesday. They will also be without defender, Ben Turner, as he is yet to play this term following an ankle injury he suffered in pre-season.

Where they stand

Town – 13th
Cardiff – 8th

Last time they met

A Cole Skuse screamer was the pick of the bunch as Town strengthened their Play-Off credentials, seeing off the Bluebirds 3-1 at Portman Road. Freddie Sears opened the scoring early on, but Eoin Doyle pegged Town back within five minutes before Skuse blasted the hosts back into the lead with a shot from 30 yards out, which left David Marshall with no chance. Daryl Murphy wrapped up the three points in the final minute, as Skuse turned provider, with striker Murphy poking home his through ball.



Key Players

Daryl Murphy

The Irishman is yet to get off the mark for this season having scored 27 last term, with the chances just not seeming to fall this time round. Having been selected for Martin O’Neill’s provisional Ireland squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 Play-Off matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina, there has never been a better time to start finding the back of the net.

Joe Mason

The Bluebirds striker has started every game for his side so far this season and has found the net five times already. Despite this, he has failed to score in the three games since strike partner, Kenwyne Jones, has been missing through injury.

Sky Bet Odds

Being the home side, Town just edge out their Welsh counterparts for Saturday’s game; with the bookies pricing them at 11/10 to win the match. Cardiff and a draw, on the other hand, are both available at 12/5.

Match officials

Referee:
David Coote
Assistants: Martin Coy & Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: James Adcock

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