Date: 14th February 2017 at 4:20pm
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Seven new incumbents and suddenly Town were finding some form at last but no sooner had the good times began to roll, the squad has been hit once again by a spate of injuries.

Recent signing from Macclesfield, Danny Rowe, is out with a groin strain and will not be involved this evening and Reading striker Dominic Samuel, who is on loan with the Blues until the end of the season, broke his toe in training on Friday and could be out for six weeks or more it is thought.

Then we have centre half Steven Taylor nursing a hamstring injury that will probably keep him out of action for a month and on top of this Christophe Berra and Cole Skuse are unavailable tonight as well.

Myles Kenlock and Josh Emmanuel will again come into the side as wing backs and we can expect to see Jordan Spence and Toumani Diagouraga again occupying the midfield berths; along with Grant Ward in the centre one would expect.

Manager Mick McCarthy is not spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting his side at Brighton and the team largely picks itself with Luke Chambers back in his more familiar central defensive role.

Up front it will be Tom Lawrence and David McGoldrick and they have linked up well in recent games.

Seagulls manager Chris Hughton says that it is never easy to beat the Blues and this evening should be no different.

‘We`ve never had a comfortable game against Ipswich and they`re on the back of a very good victory against Aston Villa.’

There is some hopeful news on the injury front however with Luke Hyam and Tommy Smith coming through an under 23 game at West Brom the other night and the hope is that they could both be back in the squad within the next few weeks.

The performance may be seen as more important that the result tonight because against the Seagulls, we will do very well to get anything from the game itself but if Town play well and lose, then no one will be particularly disappointed or indeed surprised.

The irony is that is as a result of injuries to some of our more familiar players that we have witnessed a discernible improvement in the way the Tractor Boys have performed.

Jonathan Douglas has had a very difficult season and Cole Skuse is perhaps too defence orientated to seriously drive us forward and support our attack. He also does not do goals.

Our lack of a goal threat in midfield has been an obvious concern for years but with Emyr Huws and Toumani Diagouraga, we have at long last, players who like to go forward and support the attack!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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