max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Central force – Blues boss pleased with midfield strength

16:48 21 December 2012

Guirane N

Guirane N'Daw


LUKE Hyam should have a key role to play in Ipswich Town’s festive programme – but he might have to settle for a place on the bench for tomorrow’s match at Bristol City.


The Blues’ small squad will be tested during a run of four league matches in 11 days which begins with the visit of the Robins, currently one place below Town in fourth-bottom.

Hyam has been unable to build on his starring role in the 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the end of last month after succumbing to a calf injury and then a virus.

But he has shaken off both and will be in the squad for tomorrow’s vital match, though might be on the bench if Mick McCarthy keeps faith in Andy Drury alongside Guirane N’Daw.

The Town boss said: “Luke’s had four weeks without a game of any sorts, but he had done really well in the game he played (Forest). I’ve no doubt he’ll get to be involved in the five games coming up – they’re coming thick and fast.

“He would have played that next game because I’d have had no cause to leave him out. Andy Drury played ever so well against Millwall here though and I had no cause to leave him out (at Leeds).”

McCarthy admitted he was pleased with the quality of his midfield quartet, completed by Nigel Reo-Coker who has just six games left before he is due to leave Portman Road under his present deal.

The manager explained: “I’ve been pleased with all four of the central midfielders. Nigel gives us that experience and is a good person to have around the place, and he’s played well.

“I think Luke was excellent when he played, Andy (Drury) had a slow start having not played for a while but has got better, but the real stand-out one for me has been Guirane N’Daw – he’s been outstanding and has arguably been our best player.”


1 comment

  • In my opinion , if fit , luke should be playing every game , he is the best we have and is still improving

    Report this comment


    Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ipswich Town's current back four, Jonas Knudsen, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra

Former Ipswich Town hero Kevin Beattie has called for the Blues’ defence to get back to basics, but believes Mick McCarthy’s men can still reach the Championship’s top-two.

Tommy Oar

With Mick McCarthy threatening to shake up his under-performing Blues, Australian winger Tommy Oar is likely to come into contention to make his league bow at Portman Road.

Neil Warnock has back Mick McCarthy to get Ipswich promoted

Veteran manager Neil Warnock has backed Mick McCarthy to bring success to Portman Road – but believes the Blues may need to strengthen in the January transfer window for it to happen.

Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Capital One Cup First Round.Josh Yorwerth scores  for Town .

Josh Yorwerth can take his second chance at making it as a Championship centre-back with both hands.

David McGoldrick applauds the fans after Town's 5-1 loss at Reading

The Blues have slipped from top at the end of August to their current 12th position, but what’s going wrong at Portman Road? Sports writer Chris Brammer is here to answer your questions from midday on Wednesday.

Cole Skuse at Ewood Park on Saturday

Cole Skuse has admitted Ipswich Town aren’t hitting their targets at the moment, following the latest episode in their worrying slide down the Championship table.

Josh Yorwerth was part of the Crawley side which lost at Plymouth

Josh Yorwerth and Matt Clarke both played 90 minutes as loan clubs Crawley and Portsmouth both failed to earn victories in League Two on Saturday.

Larsen Toure and Luke Chambers conspire to concede a first half penalty at Blackburn bringing down Hope Akpan

Will Ridgard dissects Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn, where Ipswich Town’s slide continued heading into the international break.

Cole Skuse battles during the second half at Ewood Park

All the goals from Ipswich Town’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Larsen Toure tries to get the ball as Blackburn's Markus Olsson flicks it on

A look at some of the talking points coming out of Ipswich Town’s 2-0 away loss at Blackburn yesterday.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages