Town may have to change winning team

TABLE-TOPPING Ipswich Town may be forced to make changes to their winning side when they face Stoke City on Tuesday.

TABLE-TOPPING Ipswich Town may be forced to make changes to their winning side when they face Stoke City on Tuesday, writes Derek Davis.

Tommy Miller, Drissa Diallo and Fabian Wilnis, all picked up knocks in the 2-0 win over Millwall yesterday.

Miller went into the game with a sore ankle, a legacy from the win over Wolves, while full-backs Wilnis and Diallo were left limping as Town went top of the league.

The Blues have had the luxury of fielding the same starting 11 in their last three games, all wins, over Rotherham, Wolves and Millwall.

Matt Richards has recovered from a foot injury and would slot naturally into the left back spot while Scott Barron, who has recovered from a groin strain, returned to the bench yesterday and would also be available.

Tony Dinning has played at full back before and could also cover in midfield, while Antonio Murray is another possibility, along with Scott Mitchell.

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The Blues could also revert back to having three up front with any from Pablo Counago, Shefki Kuqi and Dean Bowditch joining Darren Bent in attack.

The players will be in for a warm down and training today before going up to Stoke. Town defender Diallo is hoping the back four will not suffer any enforced changes after helping to keep the Blues' third clean sheet in four games.

He said: "We are not given the opposition many chances. It is good to play with the same back four and we are improving all the time.

"Football is all about confidence and hopefully we can carry on against Stoke and stay top of the table."

Third-placed Potters are hoping for a huge turn-out of support after dropping admission prices for their fans to just £5.

Manager Tony Pulis was upset at seeing his side lose their unbeaten run with a 3-0 defeat at Preston and is facing up to losing Chris Barker, who is to be recalled from his loan spell early by Cardiff City.

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