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4 November 2016

The gaffer expects a difficult game as the Blues travel to Yorkshire

Mick McCarthy is looking to extend an unbeaten run at Hillsborough in recent years as Town travel to face Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

The Blues last tasted defeat against the Owls in Sheffield in 2007, but the boss is still expecting a tough game against a side he expects to be at the top end of the league come the end of the season.

"The investment that's been put into that team and they've got some of the better Championship players," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"They had a reasonable start and they have gradually started to get better. They're an all-round good side.

"It's a great place to go and play football is Hillsborough, they're getting good crowds, good support and it will be tough, but we've had good results there so I'm looking forward to it.

"International break or not next week, we want a good result because we haven't been winning enough games.

"It's going to be hard to go there and win, but they'll be thinking the same because they're at home so we need to play well and get something from the game."

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Team News


The Blues have no fresh injury concerns to deal with ahead of the trip to Sheffield, but Jonas Knudsen will be fit to return after missing the draw with Rotherham last weekend with a back injury. Mick McCarthy confirmed everybody else is ready to play, except from long term absentees, Tommy Smith [back], Luke Hyam [knee], Brett Pitman [ankle] and Giles Coke [knee].

Sheffield Wednesday

Steven Fletcher is a doubt for the Owl having been forced off after playing just 16 minutes in their last game against Derby, but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood should be fit to return. Wednesday manager, Carlos Carvalhal will be without duo Portuguese pair Lucas Joao and Marco Matias, who miss out through injury.

Where They Stand

Town:  16th
Wednesday: 8th

Last Time They Met

It was a debut to remember for Andre Dozzell when Town last visited Hillsborough in April. Dozzell replaced Kevin Foley at half-time with Town 1-0 down due to a goal from Fernando Forestieri who had slammed past Bartosz Bialkowski from close range, and with 20 minutes to play, he popped up with the equaliser. The midfielder nodded home a Liam Feeney cross to give Town a share of the spoils, and replicate what his dad, Jason, had done 32 years earlier, in scoring on his debut as a 16-year old.

Key Players

David McGoldrick

Didz made a goalscoring return on his first start since August last weekend, as his long-range strike in the final minute against Rotherham ensured Town would take a point from the game. He also impressed in the 45 minute spell he had at Newcastle, and keeping him fit will be vital if the Blues are to turn their form around.

Gary Hooper

The former Norwich striker has hit the back of the net four times in the Championship so far this season, including the only goal in Wednesday's last game at Hillsborough against QPR. His tally makes him the Owls' top scorer for the season, and they will be looking for him to add to his total this weekend.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 17/4
Draw: 5/2
Wednesday: 8/11

Match Officials

Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant Referee: Mark Dwyer & Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Richard Wild

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