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PREVIEW: TOWN V BRENTFORD

8 April 2016

Skipper knows that Town are in a must-win situation, but reiterates that the squad's belief is still as high as ever

Luke Chambers concedes that it’s going to be a challenge for Town to make the Play-Offs, although he is adamant that the players still believe it can be achieved.

The Blues host Brentford at Portman Road on Saturday looking to get back on track after consecutive 0-0 draws against Wolves and Charlton.

“The boys still believe and we’re all in it together, we have been since day one when the manager came in,” the skipper told Ipswich Player HD.

“We realise what we need to do to get where we want to be but it’s going to be a big ask now.

“It means as much to us as players as it does to everyone involved with the football club. When people are disappointed that we haven’t won a game, we are as disappointed as everyone else so that should never be in question.

“It has been a must-win situation for the past couple of weeks and we haven’t been able to get the points we have been after but we’re still believing as a dressing room.

“If we win at the weekend it all turns around again depending on results. We’ve still got to play some of the teams that are involved so we’re still hopeful.”

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Daryl Murphy will miss Saturday’s game with a calf injury picked up on international duty, although he is hopeful he will be fit for next weekend’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday. David McGoldrick and Teddy Bishop came through Tuesday night’s draw with Charlton unscathed, although both are not ready to start a game. Ryan Fraser [hamstring] remains out.

Brentford

The Bees will be without a handful of first-team players for their trip to Suffolk, as John Swift and Leandro Rodriguez haven’t recovered fully from their respective Achilles and hamstring problems, although manager Dean Smith believes they will be back next week. Josh McEachran [foot] Lewis Macleod [knee] Philipp Hofmann [back] Andreas Bjelland [cruciate] remain out as long-term absentees.

 


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Where They Stand

Town – 8th

Brentford – 14th

Last Time they met

It was opening day heartbreak for Town when these two sides last met in August, with the Bees scoring a stoppage time double to claim a point at Griffin Park. Kevin Bru and Ryan Fraser put the Blues two goals in front before Andre Gray and James Tarkowski levelled things up with seconds remaining.


Key Players

David McGoldrick

Didz returned from four months out with injury last weekend at Wolves, and played 25 minutes in Tuesday’s stalemate with Charlton. The manager admitted he probably isn’t ready to start a game, but the Republic of Ireland international will still be looking to make a big contribution from the bench. He has scored three times in all competitions so far this season, and he will no doubt be looking to add to that in order to book his seat on the plane for Euro 2016.


Alan Judge

Judge is another one looking to stake a claim for a place at the European Championships in the summer, and made his full Ireland debut in last month’s friendly against Switzerland. It was a call-up that was richly deserved based on his form for his club so far this season, with the midfielder scoring 14, and assisting 11 in the Championship this season. Only Andre Gray and Ross McCormack have been involved in more goals than Judge this season, so he will be the one that the Bees will look towards for an attacking threat on Saturday.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 6/5
Draw: 12/5
Brentford: 9/4

Match Officials

Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistant Referees: Mark Pottage & Ryan Atkin
Fourth Official: Trevor Kettle


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