Town set to be unchanged tonight

By Derek DavisBLUES boss Joe Royle will name an unchanged side to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground tonight.Fired-up Ipswich are looking to move up to third place and go within three points of leaders West Brom with a victory over Paul Hart's struggling side.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Royle will name an unchanged side to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground tonight.

Fired-up Ipswich are looking to move up to third place and go within three points of leaders West Brom with a victory over Paul Hart's struggling side.

But even though Town are riding high and have won their past three games, while Forest have managed just two wins in 13 and have picked up just two points from a possible 15, Royle is not underestimating a wounded tiger.

He said: "They are a good side and the report we had on them from Saturday says the 3-0 was totally harsh and they could have gone ahead against West Brom.

"They have got good players and they beat us twice last season so it is a game we would like to win for obvious reasons.

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"We know Marlon King is a handful in this division.

"But while we will show them due respect, we are in a good run and if we show the form we did on Saturday we can go there and impose ourselves on them."

Skipper Jim Magilton has recovered from a foot injury picked up at Cardiff on Saturday and is expected to start.

Royle said: "He had a pressure boot on earlier in the week and we even had doubts about him for Saturday.

"But it is amazing when you are winning you get incredible recoveries.

"We will give him a fitness test at lunchtime when we reach the hotel but he is right back in there.

"He is a big influence, he is our captain and I want him to play so if he can kick the ball and he can run he will play."

If Magilton fails to make it then Tommy Miller, called up by Bertie Vogts for the Scotland future squad on Monday, will start with Alan Mahon back on the bench.

"Alan is not ready to start. He was out for seven weeks and has only had 70 minutes in the reserves," added Royle.

"He looked really good in training and with Martijn Reuser fit as well we have a nice problem on the left side with Ian Westlake holding his place."

Chris Makin remains a long-term absentee with a mystery injury affecting hip and groin and he will see a specialist on Thursday.

Smiling through adversity has been one of Drissa Diallo's way of coping with what he describes as the 'worst injury of my career'.

The Frenchman is building up his fitness and strength after a knee injury, which needed surgery and has kept him out of action for the past 10 weeks.

The Frenchman is looking to be playing before the new year and added: "All I want for Christmas is to be fit again. That would be the perfect present for me."

Diallo was laid low after an accidental collision with team-mate Georges Santos during the 4-1 victory over Wimbledon.

He said: "It was a pure accident but it makes it even more frustrating.

"Georges is always concerned and asking how I am but there is not much he can do. This is the worst injury of my career and the longest I have ever been out."

Dean Bowditch, who helped Town's youngsters beat Leeds United 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup on Monday, has been left out of tonight's squad.

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