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15 March 2016

Luke Varney believes Town's spirit will carry them through the last ten games as they face Blackburn Rovers this evening

Luke Varney believes the spirit of the Town squad will be imperative if they are to force their way into the top-six come the end of the season.

The Blues go into tonight’s match against Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road knowing a win would close the gap between themselves and sixth place to just a single point with nine games to play.

“The spirit is still high and we all know what we need with ten massive games to go; we know what to do as we’ve been here last year so we’re sticking together,” he told Ipswich Player HD.

“We get a lot of help from the gaffer, TC and all the staff here, but we have togetherness as a group.

“There is no malice. People get brought off at half-time, the gaffer makes decisions but we all take it on the chin and move on.

“We’re all desperate to get back in those Play-Offs and that’s our only aim.”

Team News


David McGoldrick is edging ever closer to his much anticipated return as he is due to play for Town’s U21s next Monday, although we won’t return to the squad for tonight’s game. Kevin Foley and Dean Gerken have shook off injury and illness respectively and are available for selection again as Town have no fresh injury concerns to deal with. Giles Coke [knee], Ryan Fraser and Teddy Bishop [hamstring] remain out.

Blackburn Rovers

Jason Lowe, Nathan Delfouneso and Danny Guthrie all stepped up their returns from injury as the played their part in yesterday’s 2-0 U21 defeat at the hands of Fulham, but are unlikely to be involved this evening. Paul Lambert does, however, have a relatively full squad to choose from for the visit to Portman Road.

Where They Stand

Town – 9th

Blackburn Rovers – 16th

Last Time they met

Former Blue, Jordan Rhodes was at the double the last time these two sides faced off back in October. Both of Rhodes’ strikes came within four first-half minutes of each other as he first fired a penalty past Dean Gerken after Larsen Toure had felled Hope Akpan before doubling his tally soon after with a glanced header straight from a corner. The game proved to be the first time this term that Town had failed to find the net as they went into the second international break of the season on the back of a defeat.

Key Players

Cole Skuse

The midfielder’s performance is perhaps one of few positives to come out of Saturday’s defeat at Cardiff as he returned from a month out with an injury to his toe. He swept up all over the pitch as he has so often done for Town in the past, and his presence is always welcomed in the midfield.

Jordi Gomez

The Spaniard joined Rovers on loan from Sunderland at the end of the winter transfer window and so far he has impressed at Ewood Park with three goals in his first nine appearances, including a last minute winner against MK Dons a few weeks ago. The former Wigan Athletic midfielder has scored goals wherever he has been, and will certainly be a danger for Town this evening.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 7/5
Draw: 21/10
Blackburn: 21/10

Match Officials

Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistant Referees: Matt Foley & Josh Smith
Fourth Official: Frederick Graham

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