Mick McCarthy will name full-strength Ipswich Town side for visit of Sheffield Wednesday
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he will return to naming his full-strength side for Saturday’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday.
The same Blues team recorded impressive victories against Burton Albion (2-1 away) and Newcastle United (3-1 at home) over the Easter weekend to secure Championship safety at the back end of a dismal campaign.
McCarthy then made nine changes to his starting XI for last Saturday’s dead rubber at rock-bottom Rotherham, with a team full of ring-rusty fringe players producing a disjointed display in a 1-0 defeat.
“I’ve made it plain that the team that played against Burton and Newcastle will be the team that plays against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, unless there are any problems,” said McCarthy.
“The Rotherham game confirmed to me what I already know and that’s if you change nine players, whoever you are playing, then you lose a bit of cohesion. I was still expecting better from us though and we shouldn’t have lost the game.
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“We all thought Danny Rowe had been training really well and he was the bright spark, while it was Tommy Smith’s best performance since coming back from his back injury.
“My biggest disappointment is that we lost that momentum in terms of winning and good feeling, but I’d do it again just to have a look at the players and give them a game.
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“It convinced me of some things that I already thought.”
Luke Chambers and Myles Kenlock were the only two players to keep their place at the New York Stadium as Dean Gerken, Josh Emmanuel, Tommy Smith, Toumani Diagouraga, Teddy Bishop, Andre Dozzell, Danny Rowe, Dominic Samuel and Brett Pitman all came in.
On Saturday, Bartosz Bialkowski, Jordan Spence, Christophe Berra, Cole Skuse, Emyr Huws, Freddie Sears, Grant Ward, Tom Lawrence and David McGoldrick will be back.
McGoldrick said: “I had no problem with the changes last weekend. Some of the boys travel to all the games and, although are not happy they are not playing, they are always there in the dressing room egging us on. It was good to give back to them. I wanted them to do well, because they are always rooting for me.
“This weekend people are talking about us doing it for the integrity of the league, but first and foremost we’ve got to do it for ourselves and the fans. The fans have seen some bleak games this year, but they went off happy after the Newcastle game.
“We want the same against Sheffield Wednesday. We don’t want to be coming off to boos all sort of chants, we want to give them something to smile about.”
Lawrence has recovered from an ankle injury, while Diagouraga will miss out with a groin problem.