“The second-half was poor. We need a reaction now against Huddersfield on Saturday.”
They were the words of reigning Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Mick McCarthy after his Ipswich side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Cardiff City on Tuesday night, meaning the Terriers will be in for a fired-up opponent at Portman Road on Saturday.
That defeat in Wales was Ipswich’s first loss in nine games, but the Tractor Boys come into Saturday’s clash with no wins in their last four after a superb September that saw McCarthy given the monthly managerial accolade.
Ipswich still sit ninth in the league table, four points ahead of Town with 20 from the opening 13 games of the season. Their home form is impressive, with four wins and a draw from six games at Portman Road – conceding just three in the process. Their single home defeat came against fierce rivals and promotion hopefuls Norwich City.
McCarthy’s sides have always been very powerful during Town’s time in the Championship and it promises to be no different this weekend. Usually playing 4-3-3, imposing forward Daryl Murphy (above) is leading the scoring charts with seven goals so far this season, with fellow striker David McGoldrick behind him on four. Ipswich’s set-piece threat can be easily identified; centre back Christophe Berra has netted three already.
In defence, young full back Tyrone Mings (below) was named the Sky Bet Championship’s September Player of the Month.
Ipswich’s last starting XI:
GK Dean Gerken
DL Tyrone Mings
DC Christophe Berra
DC Luke Chambers
DR Jonathan Parr
MC Cole Skuse
MC Kevin Bru
MC Jonathan Williams
S Daryl Murphy
S David McGoldrick
S Conor Sammon
332 Town fans have bought their ticket for Saturday’s game as of 11am on Thursday 23 October.
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Town fans will be able to pay on the day at Portman Road, but prices will increase by £2.50 for adults and £1 concessions and family tickets will not be available.