Lee has no point to prove

ALAN Lee says that he has no point to prove either at Hull City today or Burnley on Tuesday.The 29-year-old striker will be a vital figure as Ipswich Town look to improve their away record in the Coca-Cola Championship at the KC Stadium and then Turf Moor.

By Elvin King

ALAN Lee says that he has no point to prove either at Hull City today or Burnley on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old striker will be a vital figure as Ipswich Town look to improve their away record in the Coca-Cola Championship at the KC Stadium and then Turf Moor.

Lee was the subject of prolonged interest from Hull boss Phil Brown last summer with the Tigers unable to match Ipswich's valuation of the Republic of Ireland international.

And Lee played for Burnley for 14 months from July 1999 after the Lancashire club paid £200,000 for his signature. He made a total of 20 appearances scoring one goal.

“Never having pulled on a Hull shirt, this weekend's game will not be anything special for me - apart from wanting to claim three points and score a goal or two.

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“I read that Phil Brown says our attack will pose a threat - and we plan to make sure this is the case.

“Our home form is spot on at the moment, and we now have to collect points away from home.

“I am sure by the end of the season we will have won more games than we lose.

“We have had three tricky away matches with a long trip to Plymouth where it is never easy and then games against promotion favourites Watford and West Brom.”

Lee, who moved from Aston Villa to Burnley, is looked ahead to visiting Turf Moor again.

“To be honest it is not one of my favourite venues,” he said. “The pitch is fine, but I can't say that I liked playing at the ground too much.

“Burnley are a good club and they are doing okay this season. But, like Hull, it is a game where we can get a result.”

Hull manager Phil Brown expects Ipswich's confidence to be high. He said: “To have handsomely beaten Coventry last weekend and then seen them go to Manchester United and win will have given Ipswich a boost.

“Ipswich might not have taken results away from home, but their confidence should be sky-high.”

“We don't feel like we owe them one after losing 5-2 at home last season, you don't owe anyone anything in football.

“You hope that Ipswich's disappointing away form will continue, but there are certainly no guarantees in football.”

Today's likely squads

Hull City: Myhill, Turner, Brown, Delaney, Ricketts, Ashbee, Garcia, Marney, Hughes, Okocha, Bridges, McPhee, Livermore, Pedersen, Dawson, Woodhead, Windass.

Ipswich Town: Alexander, Supple, Wright, Wilnis, Harding, Bruce, De Vos, Casement, Sito, Legwinski, Peters, Miller, Garvan, Roberts, Haynes, Walters, Clarke, Counago, Lee.

Referee: Mr L Probert ((Gloucester)

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