Mahon warning to Town

ALAN Mahon believes it is homeboys Ipswich who should be the most concerned when triumphant travellers Burnley arrive today. While the Blues are unbeatable at Portman Road with 16 wins and a draw stretching back nine months, the Clarets have won their past four away matches and have slipped up just twice all season on the road.

By Derek Davis

ALAN Mahon believes it is homeboys Ipswich who should be the most concerned when triumphant travellers Burnley arrive today.

While the Blues are unbeatable at Portman Road with 16 wins and a draw stretching back nine months, the Clarets have won their past four away matches and have slipped up just twice all season on the road.

Mahon told the EADT: “Who should be most worried? Us because of Ipswich's home record which is amazing, or them because we have beaten Wolves, Charlton, Watford and Leicester, in our last four away matches?

“It should be an interesting and enjoyable game. We understand how good Ipswich's home record is but we go there with no fear.”

Mahon's dazzling wing play swiftly established him as a popular player at Portman Road during his loan spell from Blackburn but injury, and Town's finances, cut short his stay and he went to on to play for Wigan and now Burnley.

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The garrulous Irishman still has close ties to the area and has been keeping an eye on events at Portman Road.

Mahon said: “I still love Ipswich to death and have the utmost respect for the club. Things have taken an upward step of late and that is brilliant for the club.”

The 29-year-old is an injury doubt for this afternoon with a thigh strain, which is disappointing after reclaiming his place and enjoying a renaissance under new manager Owen Coyle.

He said: “The gaffer has come in and given me a chance and I have taken it.

“He wants us to get the ball down and play it around a bit. He wants us to entertain the crowd and play good football but most of all he wants us to enjoy playing football.

“That has sunk through into the players and we are playing well.

“I'm not really surprised at the results we have been getting because we have good players and good characters at this club.

“We don't have any negativity in to the dressing room. The manager keeps us upbeat and while we will be without a couple of players we have plenty of other good lads to come in.”

Chris McCann and Bjorn Gudjonsson are suspended after being sent off in the 3-2 home defeat by Preston last weekend, while Clarke Carlisle misses out with a hamstring injury.

Skipper Steven Caldwell is expected back after injury.

Coyle has used Town's unbeaten home record as a motivation for his Burnley side.

He said: “They may look invincible at home but these are the games that you want. We have nothing but the utmost respect for Ipswich but I want my players to go there and show they can play a bit.

“There can be no bigger incentive than to go to there and be the first team to go there and win.”

derek.davis@archant.co.uk

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