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PREVIEW: TOWN V BIRMINGHAM

18 September 2015

Skipper says the lads are 'raring to go' again this evening to follow up Tuesday night's impressive win away at Leeds

Skipper Luke Chambers believes the squad is eager to get back out on the pitch again after Tuesday’s victory over Leeds.

Chambo believes the change of mood in the camp has been clear to see between Friday’s 5-1 defeat at the hands of Reading and the triumph over the Whites which followed soon after.

“The dressing-room was bouncing again on Tuesday night, having been very flat after the Reading defeat,” he told the official Club website.

“That’s to be expected but we didn’t want to start doubting ourselves so thankfully we put that right on Tuesday at Leeds.”

“We certainly deserved the three points and we want to get a bit of a run going now. We did that at a similar stage last season and it really helped us get some momentum going.”


He was full of praise at the job Birmingham boss, Gary Rowett has done since taking over the helm at St. Andrews, and he is expecting a tough match against a side full of quality on Friday evening.

“Gary is a man I know well and I think he deserves huge praise for the job he’s done at Birmingham,” he added.

“They finished around 9th or 10th last season, from a position when he took over looked like they were dead and buried. He’s got them going and we know they will be a well organised side.

“We need to make sure we approach the game the same way we did at Leeds. We got back to basics and it was the Ipswich of old, I thought.”

Team News

Town

Freddie Sears has shaken off a knock he sustained prior to the victory over Leeds and will go back into the squad for the visit of Birmingham. Cole Skuse limped off against the Whites but trained on Thursday and is also available for the Blues. One player who is a doubt is Ryan Fraser. He was taken off on Tuesday and did not train on Thursday, although Mick McCarthy will assess the damage on Friday to determine whether he will be fit enough to play.

Birmingham

Gary Rowett hinted that Andrew Shinnie may make his first league start of the season for the Blues at Portman Road. Shinnie has been on the fringes due to the impressive form of Arsenal loanee Jon Toral. Elsewhere, Rowett has no real injury issues to contend with and will come to Suffolk with a relatively full squad to choose from.

Where they stand

Town – 5th
Birmingham – 7th

Last time they met


Freddie Sears was at the double as he helped Town to a 4-2 victory last time these two sides faced off in February. Tyrone Mings and a last minute Kevin Bru strike added to Freddie’s goals, and helped Town to all three points, despite a brace from Birmingham’s David Davis.

Key Players

Christophe Berra

The Scottish defender has scored three times against Birmingham in the past two seasons, including a double in the 2-2 draw at the beginning of last season. He is an imposing figure in the Blues defence and will need to be on guard for the visit of Gary Rowett’s team.


Clayton Donaldson

The striker is ever the goal threat and bagged a hat-trick in their recent win over Bristol City at St. Andrews. Donaldson’s height and stature makes him a danger in the air, although he is also handy with his feet and has laid on four goals for his team-mates, in addition to his hat-trick, this season so far.

Tickets

A reminder that tonight's game is a 'Kids for a Quid' promotion, with U16s available to purchase a ticket for just £1 this evening. Tickets can be bought online via www.itfcdirect.com or in person at Planet Blue.


Sky Bet Odds

Town go into the match as 10/11 favourites over their opponents who are available at 3/1 to win the match. The draw can be taken at 5/2 presently also. Fresh from keeping a clean sheet on Tuesday, can Town do so again? The bookies have them at 13/8 for another shut-out against Birmingham.

Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Ian Cooper & Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Kevin Wright


 


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