Date: 13th January 2015 at 5:09pm
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy seems to revel in adversity and having claimed that he sees no immediate need to strengthen his small squad, we hear today that loan striker Conor Sammon is probably on his way to Rotherham on a loan deal until the end of the season.

I suppose he won’t be greatly missed because he has been largely underwhelming since he came to us on loan from Derby and his one magic moment was the goal away at Wigan, when he prodded the ball home at the second attempt from close range I seem to recall.

Former Town favourite Alex Mathie, who was hero worshiped for his magnificent hat-trick against our staunchest rivals from across the border, could not see the point of him and so it was to prove.

The Town boss has intimated that he may look to strengthen in this department before the transfer window closes because he is wise enough to realize that if one of our main strikers get injured, we are very thin on the ground with regard to natural goalscorers.

Letting Sammon go also frees up some more money and he may look to bring in another forward on loan or on a free, rather than taking the begging bowl to owner Marcus Evans.

Tomorrow night Town take on Southampton at Portman Road in front of a full house and a live television audience.

He will want his team to put on a good show even if they go down and with three influential midfielders already out, he will not want this dreaded virus to spread through an already depleted squad.

Southampton will be without former Ajax central defender Toby Alderweireld, who will be sidelined for around a month having incurred a hamstring injury in the game against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

This should not impact too greatly on their performance though, as they defeated United at Old Trafford without him for most of the match and it is likely they will field a near full strength team.

I just hope the blues can start well and get that early goal that would lift the crowd.

David McGoldrick is certainly due another one and what a fabulous opportunity it is for all the players to show their true worth!

Frank Weston – Editor Vital Ipswich


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