This hasn’t been the best of weeks - Jewell
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell is set to name an unchanged side for the visit to Oakwell to play Barnsley in the Championship (kick-off 3pm).
Town will be looking for their four consecutive league victory after beating Doncaster and Sheffield United at home and Derby County away.
A win would see Ipswich move above Barnsley on goal difference into 13th place with two games in hand.
Apart from goalkeeper Brian Murphy, who is recovering from a broken ankle, Alan Quinn, who has recently undergone a second groin operation and Ronan Murray, who tweaked a thigh muscle in Wednesday’s reserve game when he scored twice in a 3-0 win at Oxford, Jewell has a full squad to select from.
But it is unlikely that he will make changes with everybody doing their job in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over the Blades even if for the opening hour they did not click seamlessly as a team.
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“We are looking forward to the game, but we are not kidding ourselves about the work we still have to do to move further up the table,” said Jewell.
“Three wins brings with it belief and desire and it is up to the coaching staff to steer the players in the right direction.
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“They are a good bunch and I’m enjoying working with them.”
Jewell, who was irked by headlines this week that his skipper David Norris was in limbo, says that enough has been said about the 21 players out of contract in the summer.
“No player has intimated to me that he is unhappy,” added Jewell, who says that it has not been the best week at the club.
“International weeks are the worst weeks and we have not been able to do as much with so many players away from the club.
“Marton Fulop, Tamas Priskin and Jaime Peters are not back until today. Gareth McAuley and Connor Wickham are back and Gareth says that he’s a bit jaded after travelling to Dublin for Northern Ireland’s match, but that he will be okay.
Jewell was happy with what he saw in Wednesday’s reserve match, and that new signing Andy Drury is ‘not a million miles for making his debut’.
“It is work in progress with Luca Civelli. He has a great attitude. If the effort is there you forgive the odd mistake.”
Former Town loanee Jay McEveley is unlikely to return for Barnsley from injury for at least another month, but Stephen Foster is set to return after a three-game absence with a shin gash.
Foster has been an integral part of the Bransley rearguard this season, alongside skipper Jason Shackell.
Tomorrow’s likely squads
Barnsley: Steele, Shackell, Hassell, Hill, Foster, Trippier, Doyle, Mellis, Noble-Lazurus, Arismendi, Colace, Haynes, Nouble, O’Connor, Butterfield, Lovre, Preece, O’Brien, Gray.
Ipswich Town: Fulop, Lee-Barrett, Edwards, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Smith, O’Dea, Martin, Leadbitter, Bullard, Norris, Drury, Healy, Civelli, Peters, Hyam, O’Connor, Wickham, Priskin, Scotland.
Referee: Mr D Drysdale (Lincolnshire)
Ipswich league record away to Barnsley
P16 W6 D1 L9 F19 A32