Date:Friday February 22 2013
John Smiths Stadium
22 February 2013
Ipswich Town travel to meet Huddersfield Town in a key relegation 6 pointer that neither side will want to lose.
The two sides are the lowest scoring in the Championship this season; so expect a goal-fest tomorrow!
The match at Portman Road earlier in the season saw the match end all square at 2-2, having been in attendance that evening, it was a game that Huddersfield should have won.
Both clubs have had a change in manager since and whilst Mick McCarthy has certainly improved Ipswich's position in the table they are still very much involved in the fight to avoid the drop.
Ipswich sit 3 points from the drop zone whilst Huddersfield are just 2 points above the dreaded cut off line.
A win for either side will give them a mental edge over the other as the season enters business time.
Huddersield will be hoping to extend their unbeaten home run to 7 games, which stretches back to December. They will also however be looking to improve on the stat on just one win from the last 16 league games and what better game to start that winning sequence with?
Striker Theo Robinson joined Huddersfield this morning on-loan from Derby and his inclusion could prove to be the difference between the sides, with Ipswich having had little time to work on a game plan to stop the dynamic 24-year-old.
'There`s no doubt in my mind that we will be able to turn things around.
"You could see that some of the players have confidence, but when a goal is conceded they seem to be deflated. That`s something that has got to turn around and be changed. With the stage we are at in the season, obviously games run out and we need to sort it quickly.'
"I think every game you play is a test of your character. Teams pose different problems and this weekend Ipswich will pose a different threat to us. When we pass the ball, we don`t want to drop each other in the cart, but move it quickly and try and play football. We`ve got to try and be smart with our play.
"Mick McCarthy has gone in there and had some good results and some serious reverses similar to what we had the other night. They will come to our patch knowing that it is a big game at an important stage of the season. We will be aware of what their capabilities are, but it`s all about what we do with and without the ball.
"I know Mick fairly well and speak to him infrequently. It`s always a good conversation with Mick - he`s a good character and an experienced football man. He`ll be hoping that they can turn their form around. We`ll try and stop their game and get on with ours and hopefully we will get a positive performance on Saturday."
"The supporters have been behind the Club through thick and thin and it was noticeable the other night that when the goals were going in, the majority stayed there and supported the team right until the end, which from my point of view was absolutely fantastic. It was brilliant.
"It is so easy to turn against your team, but they don`t seem to be the kind of supporters that will do that, which is a real big plus for us. They are the twelfth man.'
Theo Robinson is in line for his second debut after joining from Derby County on loan.
Anthony Gerrard returns from an Achilles problem.
Danny Ward, Jermaine Beckford & Keith Southern all miss out through injury.
I think it's got to be, don't you?
A striker who knows where the net is and with a point to prove and coming back Huddersfield; He is either gonna net us the winner or miss a sitter! Either way going to be exciting seeing him back and the pace he has to frighten defences.
Richard Stearman has declared himself fit after suffering a dislocated finger in Tuesday's defeat to Watford.
Lee Martin is back after a hamstring injury.
Anthony Wordsworth (back) and Paul Taylor (foot) remain on the sidelines.
The on-loan frontman played under Mark Robins at Coventry earlier this season before joining Ipswich on loan from parent side Nottingham Forest. A tricky customer, our main positive will be that Robins knows this striker well.
• Huddersfield, who sit just two points above the drop zone, have been unable to gain a victory from any Championship match in which they have gone behind.
• Ipswich, four places but only three points above the relegation zone, are looking for their third win in five games, and first on the road of 2013.
• This match pits the two weakest attacks in the Championship. Ipswich and Huddersfield have each scored just 34 goals, and have failed to score in a combined 20 games. Each have also conceded six goals at Leicester.
Mike Dean has the whistle for tomorrows game. Assistants: Steven Copeland and Ian Dudley Fourth Official: David Webb
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3-2 Ipswich Town.
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