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21 April 2017

Grant Ward looks ahead to the trip to the relegated Millers

Grant Ward believes Town have to be professional in their final three matches despite having mathematically secured safety with a win over Newcastle on Monday.

The Blues head to Grant's former side, Rotherham, at the weekend, looking to make it three consecutive victories.

"We want to keep our winning run going, for us and the fans, so that's what we're looking to do," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We have to be professional and get the job done.

"I have good memories of my time at Rotherham. I played a lot of football and I enjoyed it because it was something different for me.

"It'll be nice to see some friends, but I'll be focussed on the game so I'll see them after.

"There's a good morale in the camp now so hopefully we can continue that on Saturday."

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Mick McCarthy is waiting on the fitness of Tom Lawrence, with the Leicester loanee struggling with the ankle injury that has been troubling him for a  couple of months. Dean Gerken is fit to return to the squad having suffered a shoulder injury as the Blues boss admitted he will be making changes to his side now that they're safe from relegation. Players such as: Danny Rowe, Teddy Bishop, Jonny Williams and Dominic Samuel could all be given opportunities to impress as Mick has no fresh injury worries to deal with. Adam Webster, Luke Hyam [both ankle], Steven Taylor [hamstring], Jonas Knudsen [shoulder] and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.


The Millers could be without former Town 'keeper, Lewis Price as he continues to struggle with a bout of tonsillitis that has forced him to miss the last two matches, with Richard O'Donnell standing in for him. Darnell Fisher is also a doubt after he limped out of the 2-1 defeat at Reading on Monday due to a calf injury, as is Anthony Forde, who missed the game completely with an ankle problem.  

Where They Stand

Town: 15th
Rotherham: 24th

Last Time They Met

It required a stoppage time strike from distance from David McGoldrick to salvage a point for Town at Portman Road back in October. Freddie Sears had put the Blues in front with just three minutes on the clock as he flicked home a Tom Lawrence free-kick in at the near post. Danny Ward turned the game around with a goal either side of the half-time whistle, but McGoldrick struck late on to ensure the Millers didn't pick up all three points.

Key Players

Freddie Sears

The striker could be in line for the Player of the Month accolade for April should he continue his hot-streak in front of goal. He has scored four times in five matches this month so far, including the opener against Newcastle on Monday, and looks to be back to his best up top. His goals this month have taken his season tally to seven, one more than he scored throughout last campaign, so he will be hoping to finish the season strongly and continue to find the back of the net.

Danny Ward

In what has been a very tough season for the Millers, Ward has been their shining light. The former Huddersfield man has struck 11 times in the Championship this season, including two at Portman Road, which is six more than his nearest competitor, Tom Adeyemi, who has five. He is out of contract at the end of the season, although Rotherham have an option on their star striker, but there may well be other clubs chasing him in through the summer.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 1/1
Draw: 13/5
Rotherham: 13/5

Match Officials

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referees: Shaun Hudson & Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Andrew Madley

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