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16 September 2016

Adam Webster is looking to build on a solid away win at Derby as Town host Aston Villa

Adam Webster hopes he can produce more marauding runs like the ones he put together in Tuesday night's win over Derby at the iPro.

After the game, Luke Varney likened the runs to those of German defender Franz Beckenbauer and Webs will be looking to hold his place as Aston Villa visit Portman Road on Saturday.

"There hasn't really been times where the games have opened up for me [to put together a run] but on Tuesday they did," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"That's one of my strengths and I was happy to be able to do it. It was a shame about the final pass on one of them, though. It was a bad pass but those kind of runs are what I can bring to the team.

"I was delighted to be back in the team on Tuesday. Tommy [Smith] had an injury so I was back in and I thought I done alright in what was a good result.

"It will be a tough game on Saturday, with Villa coming down from the Premier League and keeping most of their players.

"If we can do what we do best then hopefully we can come out of it with another good result."
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Team News


Freddie Sears will return to the squad for Saturday afternoon after the forward recovered from a groin injury, but Tommy Smith will unfortunately be sidelined for around three months due to a back injury which requires surgery. Luke Hyam [knee], Jonny Williams and David McGoldrick [both ankle] also remain out but Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of the Villans.

Aston Villa

Ritchie De Laet is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he need surgery on a knee injury sustained in Villa's midweek clash with Brentford, so will miss the trip to Suffolk. Ross McCormack and Jack Grealish are also doubtful for the visitors, but Roberto Di Matteo said in his pre-match he will assess the duo in training on Friday before making a decision.

Where They Stand

Town - 9th
Aston Villa - 17th   

Last Time They Met

Former Blue Darren Bent was on the scoresheet for Villa when these two sides last met in an FA Cup tie in 2013. Town did have a half-time lead as Michael Chopra's shot was turned into his own net by Eric Lichaj but Bent levelled soon after the restart as he steered home a Charles N'Zogbia pass. The then-Premier League side snatched the victory as Andreas Weimann nodded home Gabby Agbonlahor's cross.

Key Players

Tom Lawrence

Tom made his Blues debut at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday and will be pushing to make his first start after impressing in his second-half display. The Leicester loanee added a little bit of pace and trickery to Town's performance and has given Mick McCarthy food for thought ahead of the visit of Di Matteo's side.

Jonathan Kodjia

The Ivory Coast striker scored his first goal for Villa on Wednesday evening in their 1-1 draw with Brentford following his switch from Bristol City this summer. He scored 19 times in the Championship for the Robins last term, earning him that big money move, and he will be looking to strike up a partnership with fellow new boy, Ross McCormack as the Villans hope to secure an instant return to the Premier League

SkyBet Odds

Town: 9/5
Draw: 21/10
Aston Villa: 13/8

Match Officials

Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Geoffrey Russell
Fourth Official: Brendan Malone

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