Ipswich Town out to give Eddie Howe a bad birthday

ON the day he celebrates his 34th birthday, young Burnley boss Eddie Howe knows all about the danger posed by Ipswich Town.

And after both sides have been involved in some dramatic finales of late, Howe’s message is a simple one: “Don’t leave early”.

While Ipswich Town were losing a 2-1 lead and then the match in the final minutes against Reading on Saturday, Howe’s men were staging their own fantastic comeback at Hull – winning 3-2 with three goals in the final 12 minutes.

It was Burnley’s first win in five which means they go into tonight’s match at Turf Moor in relatively good heart, especially compared to Paul Jewell’s morale-hit side who are desperately looking to stop the rot.

But Howe said: “Ipswich have been unlucky in recent games because they’ve conceded very late goals, not just in the previous game against Reading but games before that as well.

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“They are a dangerous side because they’ve got a lot of experience in there – players who have played in the Premier League.

“So they will know this situation, they’ve been in it before and they’ll know how to handle it and how to come back from it.”

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And the birthday boy is predicting goals tonight with both sides struggling for consistency.

He explained: “We’re two sides that score a lot of goals but this season have conceded a few. I don’t want to curse the game but it looks like there’s going to be goals in it.

“I do think we are a threat, but we know with us at the moment it goes hand-in-hand that defensively we’re not looking watertight, which is what we’re working towards.

“If we can get that end of the pitch right, with the goal threat we do possess, we’re going to be a decent side.”

“We’ve got really key games coming up and we want to push on. Back-to-back wins in this league can transform the feeling around the club. It’s a massive game for us against Ipswich back on our own turf and we want to try to win it.”

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