Date: 13th January 2017 at 4:35pm
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‘ Pits has got a sore calf and we`ll have to have a look at him tomorrow.’ McCarthy explained to the press.

He continued with more bad news, ‘Myles Kenlock is still injured with his calf, so we`re down to the bare bones again unfortunately.’

But through bad news comes good because 17 year old youth striker Ben Morris has been called up for the game tomorrow at Portman Road and there is every chance he might get some game time.

It is unlikely he will start because even if Brett Pitman fails a medical, then Leon Best is fit again to resume duties up front with Freddie Sears but Morris may well get some bench warming time and who knows how this game unfolds?

Sometimes it is when a bad hand is dealt upon a manager that the good times return and Ben Morris possesses all the natural prowess of a seasoned campaigner and given his chance he just might excel.

We certainly need some good times at the moment that’s for sure and enforced changes might perhaps lead to it?

Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers could be back and I have heard rumours from a source very close to the club, that if all else fails, McCarthy might play Chambers up front, as he considers him to be the most adaptable player at the club.

As we know, David McGoldrick is out for around a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, whilst Giles Coke and Jonny Williams will be sidelined for many more weeks to come.

The transfer window is proving to be fruitless too so far but there are bids in for players – although McCarthy is less than optimistic about the chances of getting anyone on board soon.

He explained in more detail where the problems lie.’It`s a bit like bidding for a house, you ring up and some say they`ll think about it, some say he`s not for sale and some say foxtrot oscar. Some say we`ll discuss it with the board and come back and generally they always say no. That`s what`s happened so far.’

The good news on Friday the 13th is that Ipswich have lost only once in their last 13 league games against Blackburn at Portman Road Rovers and they have failed to score in either of their last two league games against the Town but have never gone three without scoring against the Tractor Boys!

But the bad news on Friday the 13th, is that The Tractor Boys are ten points worse off this season than last and our home record is disappointing to say the least.

Mick McCarthy and his Ipswich team need not only win tomorrow but win attractively – otherwise we can expect a rapid decline in attendances at Portman Road in the second half of the season.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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