Mick McCarthy hints at formation change to combat Huddersfield’s wing-back system

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy - Credit: Archant

Ipswich v Huddersfield: Blues boss Mick McCarthy has hinted he may change his formation to combat the wing-back system of in-form Huddersfield tomorrow.

Town have won three of their last four games playing with McCarthy’s favoured 4-4-2 formation, but Huddersfield – level with Ipswich in the table – have won their last three matches following a switch to a 3-5-2 system.

“Of course that comes into my thinking,” said McCarthy. “They’re playing well with that system at the moment and we’ve got to be able to combat them.”

Following last Saturday’s bruising 1-0 win at Charlton, McCarthy made four changes to his starting line-up for the mid-week visit of Blackburn. It paid dividends as the quartet promoted into the team all played key roles in a 3-1 victory, Luke Hyam, Carlos Edwards and Frank Nouble getting the goals and Stephen Hunt putting in a man-of-the-match display.

Did McCarthy make those changes with Saturday’s visit of Huddersfield in mind?

“Sort of, yes. I had one eye on the fact we had three games in a week. It is physically demanding. Our stats show we always out-run every team we play, there’s only one we haven’t done.

“Our lads put a right shift in. Nobody wants to be left out, but I thought it was the right thing to do. This is now a different game and these will play a different system. I know what I’m going to do.

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“I shouldn’t lose anything by bringing in players into the team. They are all comfortably first team players.”

Paul Taylor remains out with the shoulder injury he sustained against Leicester recently, while Cole Skuse has recovered from the sickness bug which saw him subbed in the latter stages against Blackburn.

Meanwhile, McCarthy spoke about his decision to extend teenage striker Jack Marriott’s loan spell at Skrill Premier side Woking. He said: “He’ll get more experience playing there than sitting on our bench here. And I can bring him back at the drop of a hat if I need him because we have a 24-hour recall clause.

“I’m going to go and watch him on Tuesday night myself.”