McCarthy expecting tight clash with ‘Ollie’s’ Rangers

Ian Holloway's QPR visit Portman Road on Boxing Day. Photo: PA

Ian Holloway's QPR visit Portman Road on Boxing Day. Photo: PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is expecting another tight game against Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers when the two sides meet this afternoon.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Loftus Road when they met earlier in the season, with Bersant Celina’s effort proving too little, too late, while Ipswich and QPR also met on Boxing Day 2015 when a late Luke Chambers goal sealed the points for Town.

“Boxing Day at home is always better than having to travel somewhere,” McCarthy said.

“QPR have had mixed fortunes really – they won at their place so we’d like to repay the compliment. There wasn’t (much in the game at Loftus Road) and it was a close game, which is usually the case between myself and Ollie’s teams.

“It’s been a mixed bag, inconsistent, and that comes with uncertainty. They’ve had the (Financial Fair Play) fine hanging over them and then they’ve had players come and go, so it’s about getting that consistency.

“But they’ve had some good performances and some good results as well, so I know damn sure when they come here they will fight tooth and nail – that’s what his teams do.”

McCarthy will be hoping both Jonas Knudsen and Cole Skuse are fit to return to his side for the Boxing Day clash, after they missed the defeat at Wolves through illness and an ankle injury respectively.