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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V BURTON

18 October 2016

Town defender expects a tough game against newly promoted Brewers but looks to get back to winning ways at Portman Road

Adam Webster is wary of the underdog mentality of tonight's opponents as the Blues look to put a run of five games without a win behind them.

Nigel Clough's Burton Albion make the trip to Portman Road this evening, and the defender knows what to expect of the Brewers from his previous experiences against them.

"I played against them when they were in League Two and I was at Portsmouth," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"They were a very good team then as well, and they were very organised and hard to beat, although they didn't play a 3-5-2 formation then.

"I think we can expect the same tomorrow night but hopefully we can win and get our good home form going again to push up the table.

"The luck hasn't been going our way recently but we were definitely the better side at Blackburn on Saturday.

"We created a lot of chances which was pleasing, but we just couldn't score so hopefully that will change against Burton and we will pick up the three points."

Team News

Town

Town Luke Varney remains sidelined for this evening's visit of Burton, having also missed the trip to Blackburn on Saturday with a slight hamstring problem. Brett Pitman [ankle], Luke Hyam [knee] and Giles Coke [knee] are long term absentees, and the game will come just too soon for David McGoldrick as the striker made a goalscoring return from an ankle injury in last night's U23 draw with Colchester United but Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries to contend with.


Burton

Brewers boss, Nigel Clough will have a full squad to choose from for the trip to Portman Road, as the former Derby County manager confirmed following their 0-0 draw with Wigan on Saturday. He said it was the first time in 18 months his side were injury free, and even managed to get 90 minutes out of Jackson Irvine who had only returned from international duty with Australia two days prior to their game with the Latics.


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Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Burton: 16th

First Time They'll Meet

This evening will be the first ever clash between Town and Burton, with the visitors rapid rise through the divisions meaning the two sides have never been in the same division until now.

Key Players

Adam Webster

The defender made his first appearance since the defeat at Leeds in the 0-0 draw at Ewood Park on Saturday, and he put in a man of the match performance. His dribbles from the back, and even in midfield on occasion, created a handful of opportunities for his team-mates, as well as having a header of his own well saved by Rovers keeper, Jason Steele. The former Portsmouth man offers something different at the back in terms of going forward, but has also played his part in helping Town have one of the tightest defences in the division.

Jackson Irvine

The Australian midfielder joined from Scottish Premiership side, Ross County in the summer, and has been the Brewers star man so far this campaign. In his 11 games, he has netted five times, with three of those coming with his head making him the equal-top scorer of headed goals in the division, along with Birmingham's Lukas Jutkiewicz. He has netted in wins over Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and Cardiff, and Nigel Clough will no doubt be looking for his star man to perform at Portman Road this evening.


Sky Bet Odds

Town: 19/20
Draw: 23/10
Burton: 3/1

Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant Referees: Mark Jones & David Avent
Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley


Season ticket holders can purchase an additional four tickets for this evening's game at a reduced rate through either www.itfcdirect.com or in-store at Planet Blue.


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