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9 September 2016

Leon Best looks ahead to what could be his debut as Town face Reading

Leon Best admits he couldn't have had a better start to life at Town due to the welcome he's had from everybody at the Club.

The striker will look to make his debut for his new side as the Blues travel to face Reading at the Madejski this evening, and Leon feels he has already settled well into life in Suffolk.

"It's been amazing here so far," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"I couldn't have asked for anything more from the players, the manager and everyone really so I'm delighted to be here.

"I had a little knock but the physios have shown how good they are so I'm back in perfect condition for today which is a great thing for me.

"I thought I'd tweaked the ligaments in my ankle a little bit but the next day I came in and treated it, iced it and had acupuncture. I thought I'd be able to train on Wednesday but it flared up and I tried to train on it, but the physios just told me to take another day so now it's perfect.

"It's amazing to be back amongst it and playing games especially at such a good Club. I've fit in straight away and the lads are already trying to fine me for things I don't even know I'm doing!

"It's going to be a difficult game at Reading, but every game in the Championship is. The quality is definitely improving every season, but Ipswich are always a difficult side to beat. We've added a lot of quality so it will just be a case of doing the right things and we'll get the wins."

Team News


Conor Grant [thigh] and Leon Best [ankle] have shaken off knocks and will be fit for the trip to the Madejski this evening. Both played in Monday's U23 win over Millwall at Playford Road and will be available for selection this evening. Tom Lawrence is also available to make his debut after signing towards the end of the transfer window, although Jonny Williams [ankle], Luke Hyam [knee] and David McGoldrick [ankle] all remain out.


The Royals hope to have John Swift available for selection after the summer signing was forced to withdraw from the England U21 side due to a hamstring injury. He's been training this week, however, and manager Jaap Stam confirmed he is in contention to play a part. Deniss Rakels remains out, as does Yakou Meite who is slowly being nursed back to fitness following an ankle injury.


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Where They Stand

Town - 11th
Reading -  15th

Last Time They Met

It took a last minute Brett Pitman strike to seal all three points for Town when Reading visited Portman Road in February. Ryan Fraser had the Blues in front with just under an hour on the clock before Hal Robson-Kanu was felled by Cole Skuse in the box, resulting in a spot kick. Garath McCleary levelled things up with the penalty as he smashed it down the middle but Town snatched the victory in the 89th minute as Pitman turned Luke Varney's cross into the net from close range.

Key Players

Brett Pitman

The striker has big boots to fill up top following the departure of Daryl Murphy to Newcastle and he made his first start of the season in the 1-0 win over Preston just before the international break. An impressive performance that day could make him the focal point in attack tonight, as he looks to get off the mark this season after finishing as Town's top scorer last term.

Garath McCleary

The pacey winger is off the mark for the season already as he scored a penalty in the 4-1 defeat at Newcastle, but he also has two assists to his name thus far. His trickery is often a persistent problem for defences and Town will need to be wary of the threats he poses this evening.

SkyBet Odds

Town: 13/5
Draw: 12/5
Reading: 23/20

Match Officials

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews & Michael George
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson

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