All the build-up, action and reaction as Ipswich Town face Barnsley at Oakwell

Grant Ward scored a hat-trick when Ipswich beat Barnsley 4-2 at home on the opening day of the seaso

Grant Ward scored a hat-trick when Ipswich beat Barnsley 4-2 at home on the opening day of the season. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town take on Barnsley, in a Championship clash, at Oakwell this afternoon (3pm ko).

The Blues are unbeaten in seven matches but have drawn six of them. Following Tuesday night’s goalless home stalemate with Wolves, manager Mick McCarthy said his believes his team are still not clear of a Championship relegation battle. They are nine points clear of the drop zone with 10 games to play.

Barnsley have enjoyed a good first season back in the second-tier, but their top-six hopes faded following the January sales of key trio Conor Hourihane, James Bree and Sam Winnall. Paul Heckingbottom’s men are 11th in the table having won just one of their last eight.

Follow our live feed below for pre- and post-match analysis, team news, reaction and live Tweets from our chief football writer Stuart Watson at Portman Road.

Whatever the result there will be full reaction to the game in tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star newspapers.

You can also catch all the latest news from Ipswich Town on our dedicated Blues page, which also features the latest league table, Town’s recent results and who their next opponents are.

For breaking ITFC news follow us on Twitter, or see what our chief football writer Stuart Watson has to say here. Remember, we want your #myitfcpic.

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