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23 February 2016

Top six race will go to the wire again says Mick as Town host Championship leaders

Mick McCarthy says Town can be considered underdogs in the promotion race but will be fighting every step to get into the top six. 

Blues take on Championship leaders Hull at Portman Road tonight, with the Tigers keeping most of the players from their squad that played in the Premier League last season. 

Steve Bruce made 10 changes to his side for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Arsenal and held the Gunners to a goalless draw, a sign of the challenge Blues face this evening.

“Hull have one of the strongest squads in the Championship,” said the Town boss, writing in his column in tonight’s matchday programme.

“There was evidence of that on Saturday when they made those changes to the team they have been playing with and held Arsenal. That shows you the back-up they have is very capable. 

“The Championship is as tough this season as ever, perhaps even tougher. I thought Derby and Middlesbrough, with the money they have spent on their squads, would finish in the top two but they have both had in-different runs. 

“So have the rest of us at times during the season and I’m expecting it to go down to the last game again. 

“While we are disappointed not to be in the top six at the moment, there is a lot of football to be played, a third of the season still. 

“We have not spent the millions a lot of the other clubs have done so on that basis we maybe something of an underdog but we are in there fighting. We are in with a shout and my players will leave nothing out on the pitch in their efforts to be in that top six come May 7.”

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