Keane set to pick from same squad
IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane will be picking his team for tomorrow’s Championship game against Bristol City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm) from the same group that travelled to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.
His team picked up no injuries from their 1-0 Carling Cup victory (after extra time) over their League Two hosts.
Keane is set to make a couple of changes at least with Marton Fulop expected to return in goal despite an exceptional display by Brian Murphy at Gresty Road and Jaime Peters at right back in place of Troy Brown, who did enough to show that he can provide excellent cover for that position.
With Ipswich expected to continue with their 4-1-4-1 formation, new �750,000 signing Jason Scotland is likely to start on the bench, but ready to make his home debut at some stage possibly in place of Tamas Priskin.
The Hungarian international did well enough at Crewe, but what he badly needs is a home goal to avoid the possibility of following in the footsteps of Sam Parkin, who often did well enough away but didn’t do enough at Portman Road to satisfy the rank and file supporter.
Priskin has yet to score for Town at home and tomorrow would be an ideal opportunity to put that right as Ipswich look to extend their unbeaten home run to six games.
“Our fans will see Jason warm up tomorrow, but whether he starts will be decided after training on Friday,” said Keane.
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“We threw him in at Crewe and it was a relief that he came through the extra 30 minutes unscathed.
“Jason watched the first half and will now have a better idea of how we play.”
Keane added that anything less than 100 per cent from his side would see Bristol City leave Suffolk with their first win of the campaign.
“Jon Stead is available to play for them,” added Keane.
“We put no stipulation in the deal when we sold him to Bristol on Monday.
“With Brett Pitman also signed this week, two new strikers will give Bristol a boost.
“Our fans have been terrific and we will be trying to give them a winning game.”
Keane has given his players little work since Tuesday and he admits that with Bristol having no midweek match might give them some advantage.
“But we will be at home, and that is important,” added Keane.
“Okay we played at Crewe, but what we want is to be coming back from places like Milan and Moscow and then playing three days later.
“Hopefully my lads will be their own beds tonight and have a good night’s sleep.
“Their attitude and spirit has been first class although I don’t think we’ve played much better than this time last year.
“It’s just that we’re taking our chances.”
Tomorrow’s likely squads
Ipswich Town: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Smith, O’Dea, Hyam, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, O’Connor, Priskin, Murphy, Brown, Healy, Scotland, Murray, Eastman, Hourihane.
Bristol City: James, Hunt, Fontaine, Stewart, McAllister, Campbell-Ryce, Elliott, Sproule, Skuse, Adomah, Clarkson, Akindle, Johnson, T Williams, Gerken, Carey, Jackson, G Williams, Stead, Pitman.
Referee: Mr M P Russell (Hertfordshire)
Ipswich home league record against Bristol City
P25 W16 D7 L2 F47 A16