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Carlos Edwards: We must be ready to fight

PUBLISHED: 18:46 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:46 21 February 2013

Carlos Edwards

Carlos Edwards

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Huddersfield v Ipswich: Carlos Edwards has called on Ipswich Town to be more professional as they prepare for a Huddersfield Town backlash in West Yorkshire on Saturday.

Both teams head into the game on the back of midweek defeats, but Town’s 2-0 home reversal to Watford was far less significant than the Terriers’ 6-1 humbling at Nottingham Forest.

The game was new Huddersfield boss Mark Robins’ first league match in charge and followed Sunday’s 4-1 FA Cup drubbing at the hands of Wigan Athletic.

Robins claimed Tuesday night’s baptism of fire left him “the most embarrassed” he has ever been but Edwards knows Ipswich, also battling to avoid the drop, can’t rest on their laurels, despite the Terriers having won just one of their previous 16 Championship games.

“We need to have our heads on, stick to our game-plan, but be more professional in terms of our approach to the game, and how we go about getting a result,” said the Blues skipper.

“You can’t say this is a good time to play Huddersfield because we are in a similar position and we were always going to be talking about it being a tough game, whether they lost 1-0 or 6-1.

“It will be a right fight and will be one of those games where we have to dig deep, with every player on his game.

“It is not going to be easy and there will be an extra spark as they are coming home after being hammered at Nottingham Forest.

“They are down there fighting with us and need to put things right.”

Meanwhile, defender Richard Stearman is expected to be fit for Saturday’s clash, despite dislocating his finger in Tuesday night’s defeat.

The defender suffered the injury in the first half, colliding with Stephen Henderson, as he attempted to clear the ball from danger.

The finger was strapped until the end of the game before being put back in place, in hospital.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

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