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28 October 2016

Blues midfielder, Williams feeling fit and ready to go ahead of Rotherham visit

Jonny Williams is wary of the effect a new manager can have on a team as Rotherham United come to Portman Road this weekend looking put an end to a run of ten matches without victory.

The Millers have appointed former Wolves boss Kenny Jackett and his new side put in an encouraging display against Reading last weekend, despite falling to a 1-0 defeat.

"I think sides can find that extra couple of percent when a new manager comes in," he told Ipswich Player HD."

"You look at Cardiff and there's such a massive difference there, from being in the bottom three to being unbeaten in three.

"It can play a part, but we're going to be raring to go and the gaffer will get us right up for the game on Saturday so I'm looking forward to it and hopefully making my home debut, again!

"I've been enjoying training, feeling sharper and sharper every day. I played a full game on Monday [for the U23s v Cardiff] which was important for me mentally so hopefully I can push on with the first-team now."


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Blues boss, Mick McCarthy hopes to welcome a handful of players back to the squad for this weekend's game, but is sweating on the fitness of his first-choice full-backs. Luke Chambers and Jonas Knudsen haven't trained this week so are doubtful, but Cole Skuse has trained and is likely to return to the squad after missing the trip to Newcastle. Luke Varney is also fit to return after completing 90 minutes in Monday's U23 defeat to Cardiff.


New signing, Peter Odemwingie will go straight into the squad having joined up with Kenny Jackett's side through the week. Defender, Stephen Kelly will return after recovering from an achilles injury but Tom Adeyemi, Kelvin Wilson and Kirk Broadfoot remain out.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Rotherham: 24th

Last time they met

A goal just before the half-time whistle was all that was needed for the Millers to secure all three points when they last visited Portman Road in March. Two former Blues lined up for the visitors that day, as Grant Ward and Leon Best started for the side then-managed by Neil Warnock, with the latter netting the winner. He nipped in just ahead of Christophe Berra to poke home a Matt Derbyshire cross and helped his side move out of the bottom 3.

Key Players

Leon Best

The striker comes up against the side he played for last season, and having scored the winner in this fixture earlier in the year, Mick McCarthy said in his pre-match press conference that it would be nice if he could do the same for Town this season. He has yet to score in a Blues shirt, but with his fitness growing, and creative players returning from injury he would hope it will only be a matter of time.

Danny Ward

The former Huddersfield Town striker has scored six times in the Championship so far this season, which is almost half of the 13 goals the Millers have netted so far this campaign. He has already surpassed his tally of four from last term and scored the only goal in Rotherham's sole victory this season against Brentford, so he will be the man new boss Kenny Jackett will look towards to pull his side away from the bottom spot.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 3/4
Draw: 13/5
Rotherham: 18/5

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referee: Ian Cooper & Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Darren Deadman

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