Cole Skuse looking forward to facing his former employers but insists sentiments won't get in the way
Cole Skuse won’t be changing his usual pre-match mentality, despite going into Saturday’s game against his former club- and team he supports- Bristol City.
The midfielder was an academy graduate with the Robins and made his first-team debut at the age of 18 in 2004 but insists there’s no room for sentiment and he’s out to pick up the three points.
“I’m looking forward to it but I’m not going to treat anything differently or change anything for the game,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“I was at the Club for 17 years. So it’ll be a bit different playing against them but I’m just going to get on with it and see how it goes.
“There’s not many players left from when I was there. In the short period since I’ve left there’s been a lot of change so it’s not going to be tough in the way that I’m playing against loads of old mates.
“It will be a tough game. In all fairness to the manager at Bristol City, he’s stuck with the players that got him promoted and done so well in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last year.
“He’s going to give them time to turn it around, which I’m sure they will. They’ve got enough quality, strength and depth to do so, so I’m sure they’ll be okay.”
With the trend of players not celebrating goals against their former clubs, we asked Cole whether he would stay silent if he netted and he responded in no uncertain terms.
“Oh I will be celebrating, no doubt about it,” added the midfielder.
“I don’t get too many as you know but I would love to score and if I do, I will be celebrating.”
Mick McCarthy will welcome back Dean Gerken to his squad after the goalkeeper missed the loss at Old Trafford on Wednesday with a groin injury. Teddy Bishop and Luke Hyam remain sidelined but Kevin Bru is now fully available for selection again as Mick has, more or less, a full squad to pick from.
Korey Smith is a major doubt for the Robins, as he struggles with a groin injury, but other than that, Steve Cotterill has a relatively full squad to select from for the trip to Portman Road. Nathan Baker, looks to be a possible option to be recalled, after he just missed out on last weekend’s loss to Reading due to a back injury.
Where They Stand
Town – 5th
Bristol City – 23rd
Last time they met
A last minute strike from former Blue Jon Stead gave Bristol City a 2-1 victory at Ashton Gate in January 2013. Daryl Murphy gave Town the lead on the half-hour mark before Steven Davies levelled just after the restart. 1-1 was the way it stayed until Stead fired home in the dying seconds, handing City a vital three points.
Having not started against Birmingham last week due to not being fully fit, Ryan is now back again and looking to be selected to face Steve Cotterill’s side. He’s already scored twice in the League this season, but both have come away from Portman Road, with the midfielder hoping that may change this weekend if he’s given the nod.
Summer signing Kodjia has already bagged four times this season and has been a bright spark in City’s slow start to the Championship season. Despite his goalscoring exploits, however, his side have lost every game that he has scored in so far.
Sky Bet Odds
The bookies have Town as favourites to win this clash, with Sky Bet offering 21/20 for a home victory. The visitors are a little further out, and are available at 23/10 to win the match. The draw is 13/5, also. Six of Town’s eight matches so far have seen both teams find the back of the net, and a Blues victory with both teams scoring is available at 11/4 with Sky Bet.
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Nick Hobbis & Michael Webb
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward