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IPSWICH TOWN PREVIEW

16 September 2013

Ben Barrett previews the trip to Portman Road.

Yeovil Town have never been averse to putting in the hard miles for away days and this week has been one of the most challenging yet for supporters, players and their modes of transport.

Most of the squad and fans only returned from Sheffield late into the evening on Saturday and now will have Portman Road, Ipswich tapped into the Sat Nav for a Tuesday night encounter with the Tractor Boys.

Mick McCarthy’s men currently sit 15th in the table with 7 points to their name including four out of their last two fixtures.

On Saturday they entertained Middlesbrough and David McGoldrick took the plaudits for his brace in a 3-1 win.

As you know, Yeovil came away from Hillsborough with a valuable point to stop the rot of four successive league defeats. However, one man who won’t be able to take part in this, or any of the next three fixtures is Glovers’ vice-captain Byron Webster. He was shown a red card at the weekend and has to sit in the stands for three games.

That should leave a position open for Liam Fontaine to join Danny Seaborne in the heart of the defence.

In the physio’s room, it’s still the same faces as Paddy Madden and Marek Stech keep their recoveries on track. Both of last season’s star names are still a few weeks from returning.

Gary Johnson will know many of his opposing side as three of the starting line-up played for him at Bristol City. Dean Gerken, Cole Skuse and   Paul Anderson had all been under Gary Johnson’s care at Ashton Gate.

The clubs have met once before under the current format of the football league, the sides were paired together in the 2005 Carling Cup first round.

At the time, Yeovil pulled off one of their famous giant killings and defeated the Tractor Boys 2-0; Darren Way and Kevin Gall doing the damage. 

Prior to that meeting, you have to seriously trawl through some history books; aside from one friendly in 1973 the sides hadn’t met since the 1930’s!

Tickets are available on the day for those of you who may make a late decision to travel, but they are at a higher price than those who purchased pre-match.

It’s as good a time as any to remind fans that tickets for the QPR game are selling fast.

Can the Glovers build on their well-earned point at the weekend? If you’re not at Portman Road then tune into Glovers Player or BBC Somerset and stay on Twitter and get all the updates from @YTFCofficial.

Famous Fans; who might you bump into waiting for a hot dog?
Bill Oddie, Will Young, John Motson and Julie Andrews (yes, Mary Poppins is an Ipswich fan!)…. As well as many of the cast of hit film “Escape to victory” as many of the scenes were shot with Ipswich Town players at the time.

A foot in both camps.
Ed Upson, Asmir Begovic, Craig Calver, Simon Betts, Dean Bowditch, Rory Fallon, Stephen Henderson, Darryl Knights, Alex McCarthy, George O’Callaghan, Jaime Peters, Andros Townsend, Super Gavin Williams and of course, Marcus Stewart.

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