Date: 4th April 2016 at 5:21pm
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It has come perhaps too late to save us but it is pleasing nevertheless to see two of Ipswich Town’s most technically gifted players back on the bench for Town.

Whatever the outcome, it seems likely that both will play some part tomorrow night at Portman Road against Charlton Athletic and it will be interesting to see how many people turn up for it?

I expect an attendance in the region of 18,000 but given the fact that our play-off chances are all but gone, it could be lower.

Murphy remains sidelined with a calf injury he picked up whist on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and our manager said he is still not right at this moment.

‘Daryl won`t be available for Tuesday`s game and he`s a doubt for Saturday. Everyone else is OK, everybody from Saturday and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is back in the squad, so they`re all OK,’ manager Mick McCarthy told the press.

Some one asked if he had received any contact from Aston Villa about the vacant managers post and he said that he had heard nothing and nor did he expect to.

Two home games on the bounce should mean a healthy points haul but as McCarthy pointed out, anything less than six points at this stage of the season simply will not do.

The team to catch now is no longer Sheffield Wednesday. Derby have fallen back into sixth place but are five points ahead of Town and with a far superior goal difference so it remains effectively six.

Match Day Officials Ipswich v Charlton tomorrow night. (19.45)

Referee: Oliver Langford
Linesmen: David Avent and Robert Whitton
Fourth Official: Lee Collins

Match Day referee Langford is yet to officiate an Ipswich game this season.

He has however already taken in 34 other matches so far in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he has handed out a total of 79 yellow cards and four red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Burton Albion and Millwall on December 1 with a total of seven yellows being shown, along with one red.

If there are to be changes tomorrow it will probably be in midfield where Kevin Bru might re-enter the fray.

Frank Weston – editor of Vital Ipswich


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