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Mick McCarthy ‘worried’ by Jon Stead’s return to Portman Road

PUBLISHED: 16:27 21 December 2012

Mick McCarthy

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Ipswich v Bristol City: Mick McCarthy believes it would be ‘sod’s law’ if Robins striker Jon Stead scored against his former club tomorrow.

The former Town striker is expected to spearhead Bristol City’s attack – and should get a warm reception from the Portman Road faithful.

He will also face a Blues boss mindful of the threat posed by the affable 29-year-old who is set to keep Sam Baldock and Steven Davies on the bench.

Of Stead, McCarthy said: “I am worried, because it’s sod’s law that somebody comes back to a former club and scores.

“There’s always the chance he might nick one and and we have to make sure he doesn’t. Jon has plenty of ability as a player, he’s got good pace, runs in the channels and is a handful in the air. I’ve got no doubt he’ll want to do well.”

While a number of Bristol City players have labelled tomorrow’s game a virtual six-pointer, McCarthy said: “From our perspective we are against one of our real competitors at the bottom of the table. It’s a really important game. If we win it puts a nice distance between us.”

When asked whether Town were still in a relegation scrap, McCarthy insisted: “Without a doubt. We only have to lose two games and we’re right back in there.

“Anybody can beat anybody in this league, that was proven by Peterborough going to Cardiff and getting a win last weekend. It just shows the standard of this league.”

McCarthy praised tomorrow’s opponents but revealed he was only focusing on what his players can do.

He said: “They’ve got some decent players. They’re a bit like us when we were struggling at the bottom of the league, people were saying ‘they’ve got some decent players, why are they down there’?

“The Championship can be turned on its head though as we all know. We’ve just got to focus on us and not worry about them too much.

“I’ve got three reports as always and a couple of games on DVD. They played Sheffield Wednesday and drew 3-3. You can look at that two ways, they’ve scored three away from home but also conceded three.

“That’s a bit like us and everyone else at the bottom of the table. You have a decent result, then you can suddenly become fragile.”

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Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of midfielder Stephen Gleeson on a free transfer from Championship rivals Birmingham City.

Mike Bacon takes at look at how the Video Assistant Referee is working in football as asks, is there too much technology in the game now?

Ipswich Town have signed defender Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

In this week’s nostalgia we take a look back to December 2012, when Dougie Freedman suffered his first defeat as Bolton manager as Michael Chopra grabbed a last-minute winner for Ipswich at the Reebok Stadium.

Ipswich Town take on Bolton Wanderers in a Championship game at The Macron Stadium tomorrow. STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town will announce the loan signing of Birmingham City midfielder Stephen Gleeson tomorrow morning.

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are said to be one of a number of clubs considering a January bid for Ipswich Town loanee Bersant Celina, according to reports.

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