Date: 16th November 2017 at 5:13pm
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After a two week absence, Town find themselves with four games in eleven days days, and manager Mick McCarthy thinks this phase of the Championship campaign could decide their season.

Most bosses don’t start taking the league too seriously until around the end of December but because Ipswich Town face three very difficult away trips and four very demanding fixtures, Mick McCarthy believes that our season could well be defined by the end of this month!

His strike force are all fit thankfully and this includes David McGoldrick who had a slight groin strain but there are still some issues regarding the state of health of a number of his absent midfielders.

Tom Adeyemi is still not in contention and might not be for some time and although Teddy Bishop is now playing some football again for the under 23 side, he still has a long way to go before he could be considered for first team action again.

Luke Hyam remains sidelined and only Emyr Huws is close to a comeback at the moment. He has now played three games for the under 23’s and has come through them all unscathed so we could expect to see him on the bench at Hull on Saturday.

Getting something from the game at the KCOM Stadium would be a useful start, and I have an inkling that this could be our first draw of the season. Yet having lost their last three encounters, perhaps there is hope of something more against the Tigers?

They are currently in 20th place in the table and Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky has said he would accept the board’s decision if they chose to fire him soon.

Normally this happens just before a club faces Ipswich, so it is at least re-assuring to know that it is unlikely to happen this time around it seems.

The Russian manager, who replaced Marco Silva in June this year, has had a torrid time of it so far and his side languish in 20th place in the table as things stand.

He explained, ‘I think 15 matches is normal time for a decision and if the owner decides about me I will agree, no problem.’ And that was before another horror 4-1 defeat to new boys Sheffield United!

It is against the struggling teams that we have picked up the bulk of our points so far so let us hope this continues on Saturday!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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