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3 March 2017

Blues defender Tommy looks ahead to the visit of the Bees

Tommy Smith insists Town are hoping to take six points from the next two home matches as Brentford are first up at Portman Road on Saturday.

The Blues then host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday, and Tommy is in a confident mood after a solid run of results in February.

"They're two very winnable games for us, and we're looking to take maximum points from them," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"Since the Derby result [a 3-0 defeat], performances and results on the pitch have improved. I think that was the penny dropping for most of us around the place.

"It's been great since, so hopefully we can keep up that level of performance until the end of the season.

"Brentford is a really close-knit club, and when I was there all of the players got on really well, as they do here.

"We'll look to impose ourselves on them and not worry too much about what they can do to us. They're still a good side, so we'll have to prepare ourselves well for them."

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The Blues will have Tom Lawrence available for selection again after the Leicester serving his two-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards. Teddy Bishop will miss out with a groin injury, but Luke Chambers looks set to continue to play despite cracking his ribs. Steven Taylor and Jonny Williams are nearing their returns following hamstring and shoulder injuries respectively, but Dominic Samuel [toe], Giles Coke [knee] and Adam Webster [ankle] remain out.


The Bees could welcome back influential Dane Lasse Vibe for the trip to Suffolk after the midfielder was forced to sit out of their last two matches with a calf injury, but Harlee Dean will remain suspended as he serves the second of his two-match ban. Striker Philipp Hofmann, and midfielders, Alan Judge and Josh McEachran are all sidelined through injury.

Where They Stand

Town: 16th
Brentford: 13th

Last Time They Met

Two very similar goals in eight second-half minutes from Irish defender, John Egan sealed all three points for the Bees against Town at Griffin Park in August. Grant Ward forced 'keeper Dan Bentley into a strong save in the first-half, and loanee Conor Grant came close with a free-kick, but Egan twice converted from Lewis Macleod's corners to send the Blues back to Suffolk with nothing.

Key Players

Tom Lawrence

The Leicester loanee, and Town's top scorer, is available for selection again having served his two-match ban for an accumulation of yellow cards and he will be looking to pick up where he left off; in superb form. Prior to his suspension, he had scored eight times in nine matches in all competitions, taking his overall tally for the season to ten, with five assists on top of that.


The Spaniard has gone some way to replacing the goals of Scott Hogan following the striker's January departure to Aston Villa. In the eight matches he's played since returning from his loan spell with Eibar, Jota has scored six times, and assisted a further three. Dean Smith will likely turn to him for attacking prowess as they look to build on two straight victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham.

Match Officials

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell & Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 11/8
Draw: 23/10
Brentford: 2/1

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