Same again for Town
IT is all set to be same again for Ipswich Town as they seek revenge at West Brom on Saturday.Manager Jim Magilton will have the luxury of being able to field the team that lost against Stoke but then beat Coventry when they go up against Tony Mowbray's Baggies at The Hawthorns.
By Derek Davis
IT is all set to be same again for Ipswich Town as they seek revenge at West Brom on Saturday.
Manager Jim Magilton will have the luxury of being able to field the team that lost against Stoke but then beat Coventry when they go up against Tony Mowbray's Baggies at The Hawthorns.
The Blues were handed a 5-1 drubbing at Portman Road by Albion in October but now have a fully-fit squad to choose from.
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Dan Harding, who went off dazed after a bang on the head at the Ricoh Arena, has been given the all clear to play and is expected to reclaim the left-back spot from Matt Richards.
Former Ipswich player and coach Mowbray will have to make changes to his side that beat Preston on Tuesday, with Paul Robinson suspended for the Town game after picking up five bookings.
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Neil Clement is available again after a one-match ban and could slot into the left-back slot, although fit-again Steve Watson and sidelined Chris Perry are also in contention for defensive roles.
Dangerous midfielder Zoltan Gera is hoping to be fit after struggling with a calf injury, while Nathan Ellington is pushing for a start after his goal heroics against Preston.
Magilton has around £1.5m to spend in the January transfer window. He has already agreed to buy Gary Roberts from Accrington Stanley for £220,000 and is looking to do a deal with Cork City for less than £50,000 and a friendly for their former player of the year George O'Callaghan.
After Magilton confirmed that he was looking at the £600,000-rated Rotherham striker Will Hoskins, Town have also been linked with former Braintree Town forward Alex Revell, who is now with Brighton, and have recently handed a trial to Woodbridge Town striker Joe Francis. Ipswich are also looking closely at Sparta Rotterdam right-back Marciano Bruma, who has fallen out of favour with the Dutch club.
The Blues will today find out for sure if it is going to be Chester City who they will meet in the third round of the FA Cup, with Bury's appeal against their expulsion due to be heard by the FA this afternoon.