Boss wary of the threat posed by Charlton despite their current league position
Mick McCarthy is wary of the threat that tonight’s visitors, Charlton, will pose despite their perilous league position.
The Addicks come to Portman Road on the back of wins against Middlesbrough and Birmingham in their last three, and the boss believes that their current situation is helping them to pick up results.
“Jose Riga has been there before and he’s come back to turn them around,” he told Ipswich Player HD.
“There’s not a great deal between any of us on any given day and Charlton have picked up. They are playing with the freedom of a team that are down there already, and all they can do is get out of it so they're a dangerous team.
“The pressure is on us now to win games and it’s an opportunity for us to get points, but we know how tough it is, but I’m glad they won on Saturday.
“I don’t want them coming here on the back of defeats and they want a response from them, so they’ll be feeling confident, but we are too because we played well on Saturday.”
Teddy Bishop will return to Town’s matchday squad for the first time this season as the gaffer confirmed he would take his place on the bench for tonight’s game. David McGoldrick, who made his first appearance since December in Saturday’s draw with Wolves, will also be in the squad again, although he isn’t fit enough to start. Daryl Murphy [calf] and Ryan Fraser [hamstring] remain out.
The Addicks will welcome back Yaya Sanogo from suspension after the on-loan Arsenal man was banned for three matches due to a red card against MK Dons. He is expected to make a return to the matchday squad, although Reza Ghoochannejhad remains out with a hamstring injury. Patrick Bauer made his return from injury for Charlton’s Development Squad on Monday, but is unlikely to be involved.
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Where They Stand
Town – 8th
Charlton – 23rd
Last Time they met
A Daryl Murphy double and a strike from Freddie Sears was enough to see off Charlton when these sides last met at the Valley in November. After a goalmouth scramble, Murphy headed the Blues in front from close range before Sears extended the lead just before half-time as he raced away before slotting home. Murphy wrapped up all three points in the second half as he finished off a fantastic flowing move, sealing a comprehensive win.
The winger looked a constant threat against Wolves on Saturday, and was unfortunate not to open his account, as he seen a first-half effort come back off the post. His pace down the wings caused the Wolves back-line numerous problems and Town will no doubt be looking to put his pace to good use this evening.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
The Icelandic midfielder has been the Addicks biggest threat going forward this season, and has pitched in with four goals and ten assists so far. That total means he’s been involved in over a third of his side’s Championship goals this season, and most recently scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Birmingham so he will be a danger man this evening.
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