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MATCH PREVIEW | BARNSLEY V TOWN

10 March 2017

Blues top-scorer, Tom looks ahead to the trip to Yorkshire to face the Tykes

Tom Lawrence is hoping his partnership up front with David McGoldrick can continue to flourish as they look to add more goals before the season is up.

The Blues travel to Yorkshire on Saturday to take on Paul Heckingbottom's Barnsley side, looking to extend an unbeaten run that currently sits at seven matches, although the Leicester loanee would like to see the draws turned into victories.

"We're showing some signs that we're on the up, so we just need to get those wins now," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"I think Didz and I link-up well, we know each other well and we've combined with each other for a few of the goals so hopefully that will continue.

"He's a great player. Before I was here, in previous seasons, he's shown that so it's nice to play up front with him.

"All the lads put it in, in training every day, and the intensity is different class, so hopefully we can get the wins now.

"Barnsley are a good team. They've lost some players but the ones that have come in have stepped up so it will be a hard game but hopefully we can rise to the challenge."


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Team News

Town

The Blues will hope to welcome Emyr Huws back into the squad for the trip to Yorkshire as the midfielder was set to train on Friday having missed the midweek draw with Wolves due to a hamstring injury. Jonny Williams made his return to U23 action on Monday as he managed 45 minutes in the 2-1 win over Bristol City, but has a tight hamstring and will miss tomorrow's game. Teddy Bishop [groin] still remains out, as do Steven Taylor [hamstring], Adam Webster [ankle], Luke Hyam [ankle], Giles Coke [knee], and Dominic Samuel [toe].


Barnsley

Paul Heckingbottom has a relatively full squad to choose from for the visit of Town, but the game might just come too soon for Celtic loanee Saidy Janko who has been sidelined for a number of months with a thigh injury, although he has returned to training. Aidy White and Sessi D'Almeida miss out with long-term injuries, while Tom Bradshaw could be in line to start having come off the bench to score in Tuesday's 2-1 loss at QPR.

Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Barnsley: 11th

Last Time They Met

It was a debut to remember for Grant Ward as he bagged a hat-trick after coming off the bench at half time when Barnsley came to Portman Road on the opening day of the season. The opening 45 brought no goals, but Ward opened the scoring with under a minute of the restart, but Conor Hourihane levelled immediately. Ward put the Blues back into the lead just past the hour mark before a David McGoldrick penalty added some breathing space. Marley Watkins headed home with 20 minutes to play to give the visitors some hope, but Ward fired home his third late in the game to cap a memorable afternoon for the new signing from Spurs.


Key Players

Bartosz Bialkowski

February's Player of the Month has shown once again that he is among the best 'keepers in the division with his recent displays, and it was another strong showing against Wolves on Tuesday night. The Pole has 10 clean sheets to his name so far this season, and has proven to be a real contender for Town's Player of the Season.

Marley Watkins

The forward has had to step up and be the main man following the departures of Sam Winnall and Conor Hourihane to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa respectively in January, and he has been involved in 14 goals so far. He's scored seven and assisted seven more as he has been an integral part of the Tykes' impressive campaign. He does also have a competitive streak, as the six yellow and one red cards he's accumulated show, and he will look to be at it again at Oakwell tomorrow.

Match Officials

Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant Referees: David Avent & Matthew McGrath
Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 2/1
Draw: 9/4
Barnsley: 11/8 


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