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MATCH PREVIEW | TOWN V WEDNESDAY

28 April 2017

David McGoldrick looks to end the home season on a high as the Owls come to Portman Road

David McGoldrick believes that Town need to protect the integrity of the division by putting on two strong performances to round off the season, although he would also like to give the fans something to cheer about.

Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to Portman Road this weekend, and the striker is looking to sign off Town's home campaign on a positive.

"We have to do the league justice, with Sheffield Wednesday pushing for the Play-Offs and Nottingham Forest fighting relegation, so we have to give our all," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"First and foremost we have to be honest with ourselves, and the fans haven't seen many good games at Portman Road or away this season.

"I think the Newcastle result was one of the best of the season so we want to give the same again, and give them something to smile about.

"We don't want to be out there not winning, we want to win just as much as the fans or the gaffer so we'll try to take that into Saturday.

"Sheffield Wednesday will come for the win, but we have to be on our game and if we play like we did against Newcastle, we'll be in with a chance of the three points."


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Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he would stick with the same side that beat Burton and Newcastle when the Owls come calling, providing they're all injury free. That means recalls for nine players who all missed out on last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Rotherham. Toumani Diagouraga will miss out, though, with a groin injury, although Tom Lawrence trained on Thursday for the first time in over a week having struggled with an ankle problem. Steven Taylor [hamstring] Adam Webster, Luke Hyam [both ankle], Jonas Knudsen [shoulder] and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.


Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls will be without midfielder David Jones for the trip to Suffolk, with the former Burnley man sidelined through illness, although Sam Hutchinson could return after four weeks out with a calf problem. Kieran Lee made his return to action after an extended period out in last weekend's 2-1 win over Derby and could be in line to keep his place as Carlos Carvalhal has no fresh injury worries to contend with.

Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Sheff Wed: 5th

Last Time They Met

Luke Chambers bagged a late winner when the Blues claimed all three points from Hillsborough back in November. Tom Lawrence put Town in front just past the half-an-hour mark with his first goal for the Club with a superb solo effort. Gary Hooper levelled for the Owls soon after as the former Celtic man pounced to slam home the rebound after Bartosz Bialkowski had saved an initial effort from David Jones. With three minutes to go, a Grant Ward free-kick was met by Christophe Berra before going into the net off the unsuspecting Chambers who was happy to claim the winning goal.

Key Players

Emyr Huws

The Welshman is expected to return to the starting line-up this weekend having been one of the nine changes made by Mick McCarthy in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Rotherham. He has spoken of his desire to remain at Town beyond the end of his current loan deal from Cardiff, and he's certainly playing like a man that's looking to catch the eye having netted three times in eleven appearances. The trio of Cole Skuse, Grant Ward and Emyr proved to be vital in securing victories over Burton and Newcastle, and the Welshman's contribution will no doubt be important again on Saturday.


Fernando Forestieri

Despite having made just 25 starts this season, the little Italian has still managed to rack up 12 goals for the Owls', making him their top scorer. He has made 34 appearances in total for Carlos Carvalhal's side and can be a thorn in the side of any opponent on his day.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 29/10
Draw: 23/10
Sheff Wed: Evens

Match Officials

Referee: James Adcock
Assistant Referees: Nigel Lugg & Darren Blunden
Fourth Official: Nick Hopton



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