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PREVIEW: TOWN V STEVENAGE

9 August 2016

Stevenage have to be treated with respect, says Jonas as Town look to progress in the EFL Cup

Jonas Knudsen is looking to use the lessons learned from last season's FA Cup exit to League Two side Portsmouth to Town's advantage as Stevenage visit Portman Road.

The Blues were knocked out in a third round replay at Fratton Park in January and Jonas expects a similar battle from Boro this evening.

"It will be a tough game and we have to be ready because everyone knows when from when we played a League Two team, Portsmouth, last year, they were a good side," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We're at home so we have to go after them, win the duels in the beginning and then we can play, so if we do that I think we'll have a good chance to win the game.

"There is pressure on us but it's alright and we have to take it on our shoulders. Everybody thought we were favourites against Barnsley but you could also see they were a good side who played very well.

"We had to do a lot to break them down so we need to do this again before we can play some better football and get the goals."

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he would make seven changes from the side that started Saturday's victory over Barnsley. New signings, Grant Ward and Conor Grant will start, as will Andre Dozzell. Team: Gerken, Chambers, Smith, Digby, Knudsen, Bru, Douglas, Dozzell, Ward, Grant, Sears. Brett Pitman [thigh], Luke Hyam and Giles Coke [both knee] are out.

Stevenage

Darren Sarrl has no injury or suspension concerns coming into this tie, and should have his strongest line-up to choose from.

 


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Where They Stand

Town - 3rd in the Championship
Stevenage - 19th in League Two

Last Time They Met

Town progressed into the next round of the then-called Capital One Cup when Stevenage last visited Portman Road last August. The Blues had to come from behind, though, as Christophe Berra's own goal had given Boro a half-time lead. Josh Yorwerth headed home on his debut before Jay Tabb stroked a David McGoldrick pass into the net to set up a second round tie with Doncaster.


Key Players

Grant Ward

The new signing didn't need much time to introduce himself after coming off the bench at half-time in Saturday's season opener against Barnsley as he helped himself to the first of what would turn out to be a tremendous hat-trick within 39 seconds of the restart. Mick McCarthy confirmed he would start this evening's game, as he looks to build upon what was an extremely memorable debut.

Jamie Jones

The Boro stopper signed a permanent deal at the club in the summer after impressing during a loan stint at Broadhall Way last season. The former Leyton Orient and Preston North End 'keeper replaced Chris Day as first-choice at the club when he initially joined in January, and he will likely be an important player going forward.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 8/15
Draw: 3/1
Stevenage: 5/1

Match Officials

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referees: Marc Wilson & Michael Webb
Fourth Official: Lee Betts



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