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MATCH PREVIEW: BRISTOL CITY V TOWN

2 December 2016

Blues midfielder is looking to get one over on his old club as Town travel to the South West

Cole Skuse believes he won't be phased by playing against the side he has supported throughout his life as Town travel to take on Bristol City on Saturday.

The midfielder will return to the Ashton Gate pitch for the first time since leaving the club in 2013, but is fully focussed on trying to bring the three points back to Portman Road.

"I missed the last game at their place through injury so it's going to be special for me," Skusey told Ipswich Player HD on his return to his hometown club.

"Obviously all my friends and family are from Bristol and I spent a large part of my career at Bristol City, but I'm not going to let it phase me in any way. It's just another game but it's got an added bit of spice to it.

"I joined the club when I was nine or ten, and played there until I was 27 when I signed here so it was a long time. I had some great times there, watching and playing, but we also had some bad times with a relegation.

"It will always be my team, I will always support them, but I'd love to go there and beat them this weekend.

"They started off very well this season but have hit a sticky patch so they'll be looking to bounce back and we can't let them stamp their authority on the game.

"We have to get the crowd on their back and stamp our authority on it which will hopefully get us the win."


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Team News

Town

Blues boss, Mick McCarthy has confirmed that there would be no changes to the starting line-up that beat QPR 3-0 last weekend, and that he has no fresh injury worries to contend with ahead of the trip to Bristol. The game comes just too soon for Brett Pitman who has trained this week following 10 weeks out with an ankle injury, but the striker will play in the U23 Premier League Cup match against Huddersfield Town at Portman Road. Luke Hyam, Giles Coke [both knee] and Tommy Smith [back] remain out.  


Bristol City

Lee Johnson will be without Joe Bryan for the visit of Town, with the defender missing out through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign at Reading last weekend. Bryan aside, the Robins boss has a fully fit squad to choose from, but is likely to make changes to the side that lost at the Madejski last weekend.

Where They Stand

Town: 14th
Bristol City: 13th

Last Time They Met

Aden Flint scored two almost identical goals in 15 first-half minutes as Lee Johnson got off to a winning start as Robins boss back in February. The defender got on the end of two Luke Freeman corners to give his side the lead at the break, and it was a deficit Town could not come back from. Brett Pitman did reduce the arrears in the second 45 with an excellent finish against his former side, but that was as good as it got for the Blues in the South West.

Key Players

Luke Varney

The forward marked his first start of the season with a goal against QPR at Portman Road last weekend, and he offered something different up top, proving to be a constant nuisance for the R's defence. With Mick McCarthy confirming that there would be no changes to his team from that win weekend, Reg will be in for his second successive start and will no doubt be looking to build what was an impressive display.


Tammy Abraham

The striker on-loan from Chelsea burst onto the scene this season by netting eight times in his first 11 Championship matches, but the goals have since dried up for the England youth international. After his flying start, he has scored just once in his last seven league appearances and his form has coincided with the Robins' slide from the Play-Off places into 13th, but he does still possess qualities which will make him the danger man on Saturday.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 13/5
Draw: 12/5
Bristol City: 21/20

Match Officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: David Bryan and Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable


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