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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V FOREST

18 November 2016

Town midfielder, Lawrence looks to build on Wednesday win as Forest come to Portman Road

Tom Lawrence is hopeful that the win over Sheffield Wednesday can get Town's season back up and running again, and is in a buoyant mood ahead of the Blues' live Sky match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Town host Phillipe Montanier's Forest at Portman Road in the late kick-off, and Tom believes that he and his team-mates go in to the game feeling confident despite the international break halting the momentum of that victory at Hillsborough.

"I think the performances have been good but we just needed that win to get us back up and running," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"I think we played really well, probably the best since I've come here so hopefully we can carry that on to Saturday.

"The international break breaks up the momentum, but we're all confident that we've got enough in this team to push up the league.

"You just need to get a few wins together and you're right back in it so hopefully we can start that on Saturday, although it might put Forest in a bit of trouble.

"They have some really good players so we'll never underestimate any game in this league, we know how hard each game is.

"The Sky cameras won't affect us too much because we're focussed on winning so hopefully we can do that."

 


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Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries to contend with for the visit of Forest, after the players who were on international duty returned unscathed. The gaffer confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Kundai Benyu will be probably be part of the 20-man squad this weekend, but Adam Webster picked up a groin injury in the final minute of the Blues win over Sheffield Wednesday so will miss Saturday's game, but is hopeful of a return against QPR next weekend. Brett Pitman [ankle], Tommy Smith [back] Luke Hyam and Giles Coke [both knee] also remain out.


Nott'm Forest

Daniel Pinillos is set to make his first-team return after 11 months out with a knee injury due to Forest's lack of options at full-back. Hildeberto Pereira will sit out the first of his three match ban following a third red card of the season in Forest's 1-1 draw with QPR while Daniel Fox and Armand Traore miss out through injury. Philippe Montanier confirmed that Michael Mancienne will return from injury, but the game may just come too soon for Nicklas Bendtner, Matty Cash and David Vaughan who have returned to training following injury, but aren't ready to play their part on Saturday. Jack Hobbs and Matty Fryatt remain sidelined.

Where They Stand

Town - 15th
Nott'm Forest - 20th

Last Time They Met

Ben Pringle netted the only goal as Town picked up all three points against Forest at Portman Road when the sides last met in March. The midfielder, who was on-loan from Fulham at the time,  struck in off the post just after the hour mark having been set up by Kevin Foley to move the Blues to within one point of the Play-Off places. Matt Mills had hit the crossbar in the first-half, and Bartosz Bialkowski was forced into a couple of smart stops, but the Blues held on to secure the victory.


Key Players

Jonny Williams

The Crystal Palace loanee made a vital contribution in the victory at Hillsborough prior to the international break, and may well play an important part again in front of the Sky cameras at the weekend. Jonny was away with Wales on throughout last week, and, despite not adding to his cap collection, gained more fitness in his comeback from injury. With fixtures beginning to come thick and fast in the coming weeks, the diminutive midfielder's presence on the pitch may well prove to be a welcome one.

Britt Assombalonga

The former Peterborough striker already has four goals despite injury limiting him to just seven Championship appearances so far this campaign. He scored for the first time since August in just his third start of the season in Forest's 1-1 draw with QPR prior to the international break. After a horror injury that ruled him out for over almost the entirety of last season, and the end of the 2014/15 season, the striker will be vital if Philippe Montanier's side are to push up the table.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 11/10
Draw: 23/10
Forest: 13/5

Match Officials

Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

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