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PREVIEW: HUDDERSFIELD V TOWN

26 February 2016

Daryl Murphy is looking for luck to be on the Blues' side as they travel to face David Wagner's Terriers

Daryl Murphy is looking for a little bit more of a helping hand from lady luck than has recently been the case as Town travel to face Huddersfield tomorrow.

The striker seen a first-half effort strike the post before rolling across the line in Tuesday’s defeat against Hull, and he believes that epitomises how things are going at present.

“That’s probably the way it is at the minute,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“We were on top at that stage and if that had gone in who knows what would have happened, but you always risk the chance of them scoring which happened.

“We know we could have played a lot better but we looked at it and they are a very good side, it’s simple as that.

“We’re looking to put it right tomorrow. We need a win now to get back going again and we need to go on a little run to sneak back into those Play-Offs.”

Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy hopes to have Luke Hyam available for the trip to Yorkshire after the midfielder hobbled off in Tuesday’s defeat at the hands of Hull City although he still remains a doubt for the game, as does Daryl Murphy. Cole Skuse [toe], Ryan Fraser, David McGoldrick, Teddy Bishop [hamstring] and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.

Huddersfield Town

The Terriers will be without Danish youngster, Phillip Billing for the visit of Town after he was sent off in Tuesday’s draw with MK Dons and the appeal was unsuccessful. They are also likely to be without midfielders, Emyr Huws and Sean Scannell with manager, David Wagner saying prior to last Saturday that the duo would be unavailable for the next three matches. Ishmael Miller could return.

 


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Where They Stand

Town – 10th

Huddersfield Town – 16th  

Last Time They Met

James Vaughan was sent off in stoppage time as the Blues and the Terriers played out a 0-0 draw at Portman Road in October. The striker was ordered off less than twenty minutes after coming on as a substitute as he threw the ball in the face of Jonas Knudsen, but it was a decision which didn’t prove to have any bearing on the result. It was a match of very few chances, but David McGoldrick had a golden chance in the second-half to claim all three points, but his close-range effort was expertly turned away by Jed Steer in the away goal.


Key Players

Ben Pringle

The on-loan Fulham midfielder has arguably been Town’s most impressive player in recent matches since joining earlier in the month. His deliveries from set-pieces have caused numerous problems for the defences, although none of them have been converted thus far. Daryl Murphy came closest to turning one of his free-kicks into the net during Tuesday’s defeat by Hull as he diverted Pringle’s free-kick onto the post and the Blues will be hoping for more crosses of the same quality tomorrow afternoon.


Nahki Wells

The former Bradford City striker has already eclipsed his goal tally of 11 from last season, with 13 Championship strikes so far this term. He has been in a rich vein of form of late as well, scoring four times in his last five matches for David Wagner’s side including a late equaliser in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons.

Sky Bet Odds

Saturday’s hosts will go into the game as favourites with the bookies having avoided defeat for their past three league matches. They are available at 11/10 whereas the Blues are priced at 5/2 to pick up maximum points at the John Smiths Stadium. The draw is available at 12/5

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referees: Michael D’aguilar & Matthew Donohue
Fourth Official: Darren Deadman


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