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TEAM NEWS: Ipswich Town unchanged for visit of Bristol City

PUBLISHED: 14:31 22 December 2012

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Ipswich v Bristol City: BLUES boss Mick McCarthy has named an unchanged starting line-up for the visit of Bristol City, following last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Leeds United.

Andy Drury retains his place in the centre of midfield, with the fit-again Luke Hyam replacing Bilel Mohsni on the bench.

Bristol City – the Championship’s leakiest defence (45 goals conceded with no clean sheets) – have lost 10 of their last 13 matches.

With the fourth-from-bottom side looking to close the gap on a Town side just one place and five points above them in the table, manager Derek McInnes has decided to play a defensive 5-4-1 formation.

Left-back Greg Cunningham returns to the side after a long-term injury, while former Blues striker Jon Stead starts up front in place of the injured Ryan Taylor.

Ipswich are unbeaten in eight matches against the Robins, having won both games against the south west side by a 3-0 scoreline last season.

– Follow @Stuart_Watson and @davegoods on Twitter for live match updates.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Henderson; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards (cpt), Drury, N’Daw, Martin; Campbell, Murphy.

Subs: Loach; Higginbotham, Mohsni; Reo-Coker; Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra.

BRISTOL CITY (5-4-1): Heaton; Foster, Bates, McManus, Fontaine, Cunningham; Adomah, Danns, Skuse (cpt), Anderson; Stead.

Subs: Gerken, Wilson, Baldock, Kilkenny, Davies, Elliott, Bryan.

Referee: Mark Haywood

The Ipswich Town stalwart recalls his fondest memories, his regrets and expectations in his final interview before jetting off to begin his American dream.

Tommy Smith will be watching from afar as Ipswich Town attempt to find a new level of consistency to force their way into the Championship play-offs.

Tommy Smith leaves Ipswich Town after more than 267 appearances for the Blues over 10 years - he certainly made his mark. We’ve picked out the best pictures from his time at Portman Road.

Premier League Cup

Ipswich Town U23 0

Sheffield United 2

Ipswich Town U23s paid for failing to convert their chances as they lost 2-0 to Sheffield United in the Premier League Cup at Portman Road, writes Harry Mallett.

Ipswich Town will miss the ‘influence and experience’ of departing stalwart Tommy Smith, according to striker Martyn Waghorn.

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.

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