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FAN PREVIEW: Ipswich Town can frustrate Leicester City

12:22 16 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

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Leicester v Ipswich: Town fan and football writer Andy Cross gives his thoughts on tomorrow’s trip to Leicester City.

I sense a level of optimism returning to Portman Road.

Under the stewardship of new boss Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town have picked up six points from three very tough games.

Let’s not get carried away though, we are rejuvenated, but still very much a work in progress and the possibility of relegation certainly shouldn’t be forgotten.

McCarthy’s side is beginning to take shape and I am confident that after some good results we can kick on and provide a level of consistency that the fans have craved for a long while.

The players look like they want to win games and perhaps most refreshingly, McCarthy seems to have instilled an element of fight in the team.

Town face fifth-placed Leicester City tomorrow, a side who have gone four games without a win. The Foxes boast an impressive-looking squad, with attacking options that would concern the defence of any club in the Championship.

Nigel Pearson’s side have scored in all but one of their games this season, and spearheading their attack will be David Nugent, someone that we have come to expect to score, given his remarkable record against Town.

However, looking at Leicester’s recent form and the potential incentive of moving out of the bottom four with a win, I believe we can get a result tomorrow.

If Town can keep tight at the back and pass the ball well from the start then we can frustrate Leicester and their fans.

Prediction: 1-1

-What do you think? Do you agree with Andy? Leave your comments below!

3 comments

  • I think losing Richie Wellans after a quality performance last week will be a huge loss, but the due of Reo-Coker and N'Daw at DM is offering a solidity that we desperately need. Getting Edwards away from the RB slot has been obvious for a couple of years *doff of cap to MM for actually sorting it*. After getting the right score predicted last week I'll admit to having a sneaky feeling for a good result this weekend. I will go for a 2-1 win -but- if we go 1-0 down, the reaction to that will be the thing that really shows if we have turned a corner...

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    I am Spartacus

    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • We must keep possession better, despite the excellent result last week-end we are still misplacing ground and headed passes, and letting the opposition in. I fancy a draw tomorrow but will take a win!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, November 16, 2012

  • Well we were only six goals short of a draw! I think I''ll keep my comments to myself until the game is over!

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    JOHN BURLS

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

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