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7 March 2017

Blues midfielder Cole looks ahead to the visit of Paul Lambert's Wolves

Cole Skuse admits he would have liked to see Town turn more of the recent draws into victories, but doesn't take away from how important those stalemates have been.

The Blues host Wolves at Portman Road this evening looking to make it seven without defeat, and the midfielder is looking to put more points on the board to finish the season as strongly as possible.

"We would love to turn the draws into wins, but when you look at the opponents and the places we've picked up points, they're good ones," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We've been playing teams up at the top end of the table and getting points away from home as well.

"February was highlighted as a really tough month but the lads have been brilliant.

"It will be another tough one for us tonight, as Wolves have some very effective players.

"The lads look forward to a night game at Portman Road. Up until the Derby game they've been pretty positive so it's one we're looking to get the three points in."

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The Blues will be without Luke Hyam for another few weeks as a difficult season on the sidelines continued for the midfielder due to an ankle injury picked up in training. Saturday's goalscorer, Emyr Huws is doubtful for the game with a hamstring injury that forced him to be withdrawn early from that draw with Brentford at the weekend. Jonny Williams played 45 minutes for the U23s yesterday, but won't be involved this evening while Teddy Bishop will also miss out through sickness. Steven Taylor (hamstring), Dominic Samuel (toe), Adam Webster (ankle) and Giles Coke (knee) remain out.


Paul Lambert will welcome Ivan Cavaleiro back into his squad for this evening's game, but the Portuguese winger is unlikely to start having been sidelined for 6 weeks with a knee injury. Mike Williamson will miss out through suspension after he was sent off in the loss to Reading at the weekend. He made six changes to his side in that game, and Lambert is likely to do something similar this evening as he looks to find a winning formula to pull his side out of trouble.

Where They Stand

Town: 15th
Wolves: 21st

Last Time They Met

It was goalless at Molineux when these two sides last faced off back in August. Bartosz Bialkowski was the hero early on as he saved a Jon Dadi Bodvarsson penalty, but Town were controversially denied an opener as Daryl Murphy headed home Grant Ward's corner, only for the referee to rule it out as he adjudged Freddie Sears to be offside and involved with play by blocking Carl Ikeme's view. Helder Costa came close late on with a volley, but Bialkowski again saved well as both sides had to settle for a point.

Key Players

David McGoldrick

The Irishman is having his best run of form in a while as he hopes to have shaken off his injury problems for good. He has started six matches in a row, and Town have been unbeaten in those matches, although the one thing that has been missing for the striker is a goal, as he hasn't netted since the 3-2 win over Wigan in December. He came close as he hit the bar against Leeds, and will be looking to go one better this evening.

Helder Costa

Wolves' record signing has been their shining light in what has been a disappointing season so far at Molineux. He has scored eight times and assisted a further six, making him Paul Lambert's match-winner on a number of occasions. The Portuguese midfielder has reportedly had some interest in him from Premier League sides, but in the meantime, he will be a vital piece of the puzzle if Wolves are to beat the drop.

Match Officials

Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistant Referees: Darren Blunden & Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 7/4
Draw: 21/10
Wolves: 17/10

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