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Wrongs to right, records to end and a lead to extend - talking points as Town head north to face Accrington

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 October 2019

Kayden Jackson helped fire Accrington Stanley to the League Two title in 2017/18. Photo: Ross Halls

Kayden Jackson helped fire Accrington Stanley to the League Two title in 2017/18. Photo: Ross Halls

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Ipswich Town are in action against Accrington Stanley tomorrow. ANDY WARREN looks ahead to the game which pits the league leaders against the side in 20th.

Town fans on the terraces at Accrington Stanley back in January. Photo: PagepixTown fans on the terraces at Accrington Stanley back in January. Photo: Pagepix

Righting a wrong

Ipswich have only played at Accrington once before and it ended in disaster.

The 1-0 FA Cup loss in January was labelled 'an absolute disgrace' by manager Paul Lambert, after Billy Kee's goal knocked Ipswich out of the competition at the first hurdle for the ninth successive season.

They have the chance to put that wrong right this weekend, just as they do when they visit the scene of other house of horror cup humblings at Portsmouth and Lincoln later in the season.

Will Keane leaves the pitch after Town's FA Cup loss at Accrington back in January. Photo: PagepixWill Keane leaves the pitch after Town's FA Cup loss at Accrington back in January. Photo: Pagepix

Wait and see

There are question marks over three key players heading into this game.

Kane Vincent-Young (groin), Flynn Downes (hip) and James Norwood (groin) are all doubtful, with manager Paul Lambert giving the trio as long as possible to prove their fitness.

They're all vitally important to Ipswich but it makes no sense to risk them if they are not fit and firing.

Gwion Edwards is the most-likely replacement for Vincent-Young at wing-back while Emyr Huws is a viable option for Downes in midfield. Will Keane could come in for Norwood in attack, or Lambert could opt to use Alan Judge as a second striker.

James Wilson is suspended, of course, following his red card at Fleetwood. Toto Nsiala could make his first league start of the season in his place, or Cole Skuse could drop in as a hybrid defender/midfielder as he has done previously.

These injury worries could also prompt a formation change, so there is plenty of intrigue ahead of team news being released at 11am.

MORE: 'We'll lose games at some point... we have to remain level-headed' - Gill insists Town can't get carried away

Billy Kee scores the winner for Accrington Stanley against Ipswich Picture PagepixBilly Kee scores the winner for Accrington Stanley against Ipswich Picture Pagepix

A position of strength

Whatever happens later today, Ipswich Town will still be top of League One heading into tomorrow's game.

They've played a game less than the majority of their League One rivals already, owing to the games postponed due to international breaks, but such is their position of strength that they have a four-point lead at the top.

Depending on results, the Blues could even be in a position to extend their advantage at the summit.

A non-league feel: The players from hosts Accrington Stanley and Ipswich Town get ready to make their way from the changing rooms at Crown Ground. Picture: PAGEPIXA non-league feel: The players from hosts Accrington Stanley and Ipswich Town get ready to make their way from the changing rooms at Crown Ground. Picture: PAGEPIX

That's some turnaround in mood given the scenes we witnessed at the Wham Stadium just nine months ago.

When you look at the positions of the two sides going into this game, with Accrington sitting 20th, it really is a game Ipswich should be winning.

Returning hero

Kayden Jackson scored 16 goals in his final Accrington season, firing Stanley to the League Two title to earn himself a move to Ipswich in August 2018.

His first return to his old club didn't go to plan in January, with the striker starting up front alone but cutting an isolated figure throughout and having next to nothing to feed off before being replaced after the hour mark by Will Keane.

He's a different animal this time around, though, and will be going into this game full of confidence having netted in each of his last two games to move clear at the top of the Blues' scoring charts on six.

MORE: 'It's an absolute disgrace... this club needs a rebuild' - Lambert returns to Accrington with phase one complete (but plenty still to do)

Bad omens

Ipswich Town fans endure an FA Cup defeat at Accrington Stanley, with the northern hills in the background behind the Coppice Terrace. Picture: PAGEPIXIpswich Town fans endure an FA Cup defeat at Accrington Stanley, with the northern hills in the background behind the Coppice Terrace. Picture: PAGEPIX

There are a couple of stats counting against Ipswich heading into this game.

Ipswich have a bad record when it comes to return from international breaks. It's so bad that you have to go back 20 games to find the last time they claimed three points (against Millwall in 2014.

Then there's Town's TV record, which isn't much better. The Blues have failed to win any of their last 14 televised game, excluding red button and streaming services, with the last three points coming at MK Dons in December 2015.

This is a chance to put both runs to bed.

Freddie Sears is disappointed after another second half chance goes begging at Accrington Stanley Picture PagepixFreddie Sears is disappointed after another second half chance goes begging at Accrington Stanley Picture Pagepix

It's also a chance to show the watching football public what Ipswich Town's class of 2019/20 are all about.

This game's not just being shown in England, oh no. The game is being televised on four continents in the likes of Australia, Canada, USA, Singapore, China, Serbia and Norway.

MORE: Superstitious? The TV and post international break 'hoodoos' Town are looking to break at Accrington

Another great turn-out

Kayden Jackson is Ipswich Town's top scorer on six goals. Picture: STEVE WALLERKayden Jackson is Ipswich Town's top scorer on six goals. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Ipswich fans have travelled in numbers so far this season, but this is perhaps the best showing yet.

If you're talking pure numbers the 1,000 fans travelling to Accrington is dwarfed by the hoards that attended Peterborough, MK Dons and Gillingham, but to have that many supporters backing you, 250 miles from home and at 12pm on Sunday for a televised game, is a real plus to the Blues.

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