McCarthy: The wins at Fulham, Charlton and Watford stick in the memory – I hope we can give our away fans another magic moment
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy hopes that the club’s fantastic away following is given one more magic moment tomorrow.
The Blues head to Blackburn on the final day of the season knowing that a draw would be enough to secure the club its first Championship play-off place in a decade.
Town’s home form has been impressive, with 15 wins, five draws and three defeats in the league at Portman Road slowly but surely bringing the crowds back.
Even during the tough times, Blues fans never stopped travelling all over the country in their numbers. And this season it’s been a real mixed bag of results on the road, with disappointment at the likes of Huddersfield, Middlesbrough and Rotherham more than made up for by memorable victories at Charlton, Fulham and Watford.
Tomorrow’s match will be televised by Sky Sports, but still more than 2,000 supporters – many of whom will set off for Lancashire as early as 4.30am – will descend on Ewood Park.
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“We’ve had great away support all season,” enthused McCarthy. “I spoke at our end of season dinner the other night about the games that have really stuck in my mind.
“There was Fulham (2-1 win), walking on to the pitch and seeing that bank of blue and white. There was Charlton, with that late winner (1-0) and of course at Watford (another last-gasp goal sealing a 1-0 win) when, for some bizarre reason, it was inflatables day! That was just wonderful.
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“We all sincerely hope we can give them something to enjoy on Saturday.”
Blues skipper Luke Chambers said: “The fans have been absolutely tremendous. It seems as though they’ve got their enjoyment back and their affinity with the club.
“They’ll stop you in the streets and they’ll wait around after games. I think they’re happy to see a team they can be proud of at the minute. We just want to get the job done for them and for ourselves.”
Blackburn are guaranteed to finish ninth in the table and will be forced to field young midfielder Darragh Lenihan and left-back Tommy Spurr at the heart of their defence once more due to a spate of injuries.
Teenage keeper David Raya is set to be handed only his second senior start, while veteran midfielder David Dunn – who has announced he is leaving his boyhood club this summer – may get his first league start of the season for sentimental reasons.
Jay Tabb has recovered from illness for Town and is likely to replace Stephen Hunt on the left of midfield.
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