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20 January 2017

The boss looks ahead to this weekend's trip to the John Smith's Stadium

Mick McCarthy is demanding a reaction from his players following Tuesday night's FA Cup exit to National League side, Lincoln.

The Blues travel to Yorkshire to take on David Wagner's high-flying Huddersfield side, and the boss is looking to put the midweek result behind him.

"Huddersfield are a very good side, and he [Wagner] has got them playing in a good way so it will be a tough game for us," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"I'd expect a positive reaction. If we play like we did at Lincoln then we're all in trouble.

"I think the lads were waiting on me, but I've gone in the dressing room and just said 'it's done'.

"There are a lot of times when you've lost like that you're waiting for the manager to come in and start slaughtering you and blaming you but I've never done that. I'm not going to start now.

"I told them to remember Blackburn, Bristol City and QPR. They're the league games that we have played well in over the last three games, and they're the performances I want to remember."

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The Blues will be without central defender, Adam Webster for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign after he ruptured his ankle ligaments in training. Brett Pitman will return to the squad for the trip to Huddersfield after recovering from a groin injury, while Teddy Bishop will play for the U23s against Liverpool on Sunday. The game will come a week too soon for David McGoldrick, although he is expected to be part of the squad at Deepdale, but Jonny Williams [shoulder], Tommy Smith [back], Myles Kenlock [calf], Luke Hyam and Giles Coke [knee] remain out.


The Terriers will have Jonathan Hogg and Rajiv Van La Parra available for the visit of Town, after the duo recovered from quad and knee injuries respectively. They will however be without Joe Murphy [finger], Sean Scannell [ankle] and Kasey Palmer [hamstring] while Aaron Mooy is a doubt. Jack Payne is suspended after being dismissed in the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Where They Stand

Town - 14th
Huddersfield - 5th

Last Time They Met

Christopher Schindler scored the only goal just before the hour mark to give the Terriers all three points when the sides last met at Portman Road in October. Schindler met Aaron Mooy's header with a glancing header to flick the ball past Bartosz Bialkowski to extend Huddersfield's lead at the top of the league. Elias Kachunga had hit the post earlier in the game, and Tom Lawrence came close with a free kick for the Blues, but it was Wagner's men who claimed the points.

Key Players

Luke Chambers

The skipper has moved into his more favoured central role in the defence over the past couple of matches, with Josh Emmanuel being played in the right wing back role. His leadership skills are vital to the success of the team, and with Adam Webster ruled out for the rest of the season, his role in the heart of the Blues defence is likely to become a more regular occurrence.  

Aaron Mooy

The Aussie midfielder on loan from Manchester City has certainly made an impression at the John Smith's Stadium so far this campaign, and ranks among the players that have completed the most passes in the Championship this season. He has also scored twice from his midfield role, with one of them a screamer in a win against Leeds at Elland Road earlier in the season, so he will certainly be the danger man for the Terriers this weekend.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 17/4
Draw: 5/2
Huddersfield: 8/11

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referees: Paul Hodskinson & Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Andrew Miller

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