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MATCH PREVIEW | TOWN V WIGAN

4 April 2017

Blues loanee Dominic Samuel looks ahead to this evening's visit of Wigan

Dominic Samuel admits he is feeling good after recovering from a broken toe that has limited his chances since joining on-loan from Reading.

The striker made his debut for Town as a substitutes in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham, and is in the frame to make his first start this evening as Wigan come to Portman Road.

"It was nice to get 25 minutes on Saturday after breaking my toe," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"I've been working hard in rehab to get my fitness back so now hopefully I can push on.

"I feel good, I feel fine so now I can concentrate on playing well for the team and, as a team, staying in this league.

"Every game in the Championship is similar in difficulty, and tonight you have two teams that are near the bottom but I'm confident we'll come out of it with three points."  


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Team News

Town

The Blues will be without Cole Skuse for the visit of Graham Barrow's side after the midfielder suffered a concussion in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham. In better news, the Welsh trio of Jonny Williams, Emyr Huws and Tom Lawrence could all return following their injury troubles, although Tom only returned to training on Monday. Tommy Smith could also return after missing Saturday's game due to his flight back from international duty didn't arrive until Friday morning but Adam Webster, Luke Hyam [both ankle] and Giles Coke [knee] remain sidelined.

Wigan

The Latics will be without strikers Omar Bogle and Will Grigg after the former limped off in Saturday's defeat to Newcastle and may not play again this season. Andy Kellett will also miss out with a knee injury, as will Ryan Tunnicliffe, Donervon Daniels and Nick Powell.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
Wigan: 23rd

Last Time They Met

It was a thriller at the DW Stadium back in December as a late David McGoldrick header won Town all three points. Brett Pitman had the Blues in front early on from the penalty spot after Dan Burn was adjudged to have fouled Tom Lawrence. The Latics turned the game on its head, though as the excellent Yanic Wildschut grabbed a brace. Pitman made the game level again with his second goal 20 minutes before the end, but McGoldrick headed home a Grant Ward cross in the 88th minute to secure the victory.


Key Players

Dominic Samuel

The Reading loanee came off the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham and provided something different up top. It was his first first-team game for the Blues having missed the last few months of action with a broken toe, but now he is fully fit, he will give Mick McCarthy food for thought for his team selection this evening.

Ryan Colclough

With Omar Bogle and Will Grigg likely to miss out, Colclough could be next in line to play up front for Graham Barrow's side. The forward spent the first-half of the season on-loan with MK Dons, and scored five times in 18 appearances at stadium:mk. The Latics have scored just four times in their last nine matches, and Colclough could well be the man they turn to to improve that.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 6/4
Draw: 2/1
Wigan: 21/10

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referees: Darren Blunden & Robert Hyde
Fourth Official: Darren Deadman


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