Matt warns of Town danger
CLUB captain Matt Elliott has warned his Leicester team-mates that they are about to face the best footballing side in the Championship.The 35-year-old defender should know what he is talking about, after playing 10 games in two months for Town while on loan at Portman Road at the back end of last season and helping them to a play-off semi-final.
By Derek Davis
CLUB captain Matt Elliott has warned his Leicester team-mates that they are about to face the best footballing side in the Championship.
The 35-year-old defender should know what he is talking about, after playing 10 games in two months for Town while on loan at Portman Road at the back end of last season and helping them to a play-off semi-final.
Backed by former Blues and England Under-21 forward James Scowcroft, Elliott said: “I had a good couple of months there and know what sort of team they are.
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“Without doubt, they are one of the best, if not the best, passing team in the Championship.
“Their players are very good on the ball, love to play it in all areas of the pitch and are encouraged to do so, which has paid dividends so far this season.”
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While the Foxes have had a rough start to their attempt to bounce back into the Premiership at the first attempt, Town have lost just two league games this season, both away.
Elliott added: “They are going through a good spell and will punish you if mistakes are made but we are out to put a stop to that this evening and, at the same time, improve our home record.”
The resignation of Micky Adams has seen a recall for Martin Keown by manager Dave (Harry) Bassett, leaving Elliott on the bench after fighting back from knee surgery,
He said: “We were sorry to see Micky go last week but these things happen in football and we have had no option but to adjust and get on with the situation.
“Harry and Howard (Wilkinson) have since come in and have done as much as they can in a short space of time and we have taken on board as much as has been possible.
“It's frustrating for me that things didn't go my way on Saturday but fair play to Martin (Keown) and Matthew (Heath) who did an excellent job.
“I can now see me being frustrated for a little while longer.”
Meanwhile, Scowcroft is relishing the chance to pit his wits against his former club.
The 28-year-old progressed through the ranks at Portman Road before moving to City in July, 2001.
He warned: “It's going to be a tough game because they have had an excellent start to the season and are up at the top of the table on merit.
“We must be strong at the back and, hopefully, get our noses in front.
“But tonight's game should suit us because I am sure Ipswich will come here for the three points and it should be an entertaining game.”
Scowcroft is likely to get the nod on the right side of midfield with Kevin Harper returning to Portsmouth as his loan spell came to a premature end.
Jason Wilcox is out with cruciate ligament damage, while Scot Gemmill is struggling after needing stitches in an ankle injury.