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McCarthy expecting tight clash with ‘Ollie’s’ Rangers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 December 2017

Ian Holloway's QPR visit Portman Road on Boxing Day. Photo: PA

Ian Holloway's QPR visit Portman Road on Boxing Day. Photo: PA

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is expecting another tight game against Ian Holloway’s Queens Park Rangers when the two sides meet this afternoon.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Loftus Road when they met earlier in the season, with Bersant Celina’s effort proving too little, too late, while Ipswich and QPR also met on Boxing Day 2015 when a late Luke Chambers goal sealed the points for Town.

“Boxing Day at home is always better than having to travel somewhere,” McCarthy said.

“QPR have had mixed fortunes really – they won at their place so we’d like to repay the compliment. There wasn’t (much in the game at Loftus Road) and it was a close game, which is usually the case between myself and Ollie’s teams.

“It’s been a mixed bag, inconsistent, and that comes with uncertainty. They’ve had the (Financial Fair Play) fine hanging over them and then they’ve had players come and go, so it’s about getting that consistency.

“But they’ve had some good performances and some good results as well, so I know damn sure when they come here they will fight tooth and nail – that’s what his teams do.”

McCarthy will be hoping both Jonas Knudsen and Cole Skuse are fit to return to his side for the Boxing Day clash, after they missed the defeat at Wolves through illness and an ankle injury respectively.

Ipswich Town fans saluted club legend Kevin Beattie with a minute’s applause at tonight’s match against Brentford.

Hundreds of knives have been taken off the streets of Ipswich in the shadow of a series of stabbings.

Ipswich’s railway station has been named the best large station in the country at the National Rail Awards.

A shoplifter who told a security officer and two other members of staff at a Suffolk store that she had AIDS after biting them has been jailed for 21 months.

A woman was left trapped following a collision with another car and an electricity pole in Sudbury.

A new supermarket chain is set to join Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, as a unit empty for seven years is finally getting a new lease of life.

The family of Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie have today thanked friends and fans for their outpouring of ‘amazing love and support’ since his sudden death.

Suffolk is being warned to expect high winds and a significant dip in temperatures as we near the weekend, marking the start of the real autumnal weather.

A mother has spoken of the torment caused by trespassers who snuck onto her property, moved security lights and lurked in the dead of night.

Tributes have been paid to Ipswich sports shop owner Malcolm Marriott, who has died after a lifetime of running shops in the heart of the town centre.

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