Murphy not looking at the stats but is aiming to get Town back on track and end the Ewood Park hoodoo
Daryl Murphy insists Town are out to end the Ewood Park hoodoo this weekend but admits he doesn’t look too deeply at stats.
The Blues have won just one of the last ten meetings between the two sides but the Republic of Ireland international believes that doesn’t matter.
“We don’t really look at the stats,” the striker told Ipswich Player HD.
“You know from playing there over the years that it’s never an easy place to go and Blackburn are a decent side so if we’re going to get three points we’ll need to be at our best.
“We have a poor record there and we don’t have fond memories of last season when we didn’t know if we were getting into the Play-Off’s or not.
“We need to go there being confident, though, and just try to win the game. It will be nice to get the three points then we can go off and get a little break.
“We’ve done well in games so far, and controlled them and we’ve just given away goals that have cost us points but I think we’ll only get better as the season goes on.
“Personally it’s not been going for me this season but I’m not worried about that because I know in any game it can go in off your shoulder, your knee, anything.
“There’s not as much pressure on me because all the lads around me have been scoring so that’s been good but I want to start scoring as soon as possible and get that first goal.”
Giles Coke (groin), Teddy Bishop (shin) and Luke Hyam (knee) are the only three absentees for Town for the trip to Lancashire with the former two potentially being available for selection after the international break. Luke Chambers was taken off towards the end of the draw with Bristol City, but is fine for the game and is included in the squad.
Rovers will be without midfielder Jason Lowe as he underwent a second operation on a foot injury during the week. Lowe has made four league appearances this season but will be out for the foreseeable future.
Where they stand
Blackburn Rovers – 18th
Town – 8th
Last time they met
A Daryl Murphy double wasn’t enough to help Town gain any points at Ewood Park on the final day of the season. Goals from ex-Town striker, Jordan Rhodes, Craig Conway and Rudy Gestede saw Rovers take the points but it wasn’t to matter as results elsewhere ensured Town reached the Play-Offs.
The midfielder has established a strong partnership with Cole Skuse in the centre of midfield since arriving at Portman Road form Brentford in the summer. The former Leeds man began his career at Ewood Park and featured for them in the Premier League, so will no doubt be looking to get one over his old club.
The Rovers hitman has been the shining light in an otherwise slow start to the season for the Lancashire club. He has found the net five times this season so far and averages a goal around every five shots he has, making him one of the most deadly finishers in the division.
Sky Bet Odds
Town go to Ewood Park at odds of 21/10 to win the match with the hosts available at 5/4, as Sky Bet find the tie very difficult to call. The draw is slightly further out, at 12/5. If Daryl Murphy can replicate his form from the last time these two sides met, then odds are available at 12/1 for him to score a double.
From the south, leave the M6 at Junction 29 and join the M65, heading east to Blackburn.
Ewood Park is well signposted on the M65. Then, leave at junction 4 to join the A666 and follow signs to Blackburn. Ewood Park is then around a mile away on the right, as signposted.
Leaving at 7:09am from Ipswich Station, fans can join a train to Peterbrough which will arrive at 9:39am. Then, fans will need to board the 9.54am East Coast service to Leeds which is then due to arrive at 11.25am. The final leg of the journey will be from Leeds to Blackburn which leaves at 12.08pm and gets in at 1.29pm. Ewood Park is then situated about a mile and a half from Blackburn train station.
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Andrew Fox & Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Mark Brown