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Mick McCarthy going to stick with experienced names for now

PUBLISHED: 09:30 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 31 January 2013

Mick McCarthy at Ashton Gate on Saturday

Mick McCarthy at Ashton Gate on Saturday

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Embroiled in a relegation battle once again, Blues boss Mick McCarthy is disappointed he won’t be able to give any of Town’s emerging young talent their bow in the near future.

Ipswich are four points clear of the drop-zone, going into Saturday’s home clash with Middlesbrough, and should be able to include on-loan Wolves defender Richard Stearman, and Colchester midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, who yesterday penned a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee, until the summer of 2015.

Stearman’s arrival represents Town’s 14th loan signing of the season, with both McCarthy and his predecessor, Paul Jewell, opting for short-term fixes rather than a reliance on youth while points have been at a premium.

The likes of Jack Marriott, Mark Timlin and David October have impressed for Town’s academy teams this term but, with the Blues too close for comfort to the bottom three, McCarthy is not prepared to be reliant on inexperienced names.

McCarthy, who could be active in the transfer market again – before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline – dismissed suggestions that he may give one or two youngsters their bow this season, saying: “Next year maybe, but not this season.

“I’d love to think that, if we were in a safe position with two or three games to go, that we could take a look at one or two of them.

“Are any of them knocking the door down at the moment? I don’t think so at the moment, which is a shame.”

Two other youngsters, right-back Elliott Hewitt, who was signed by Jewell from Macclesfield and left-sided defender Tyrone Mings, brought in by McCarthy from Chippenham, are more likely to be in the Town manager’s thoughts, but are unlikely to play a long run of games between now and May.

“Elliott has got a really bright future, but he’s not played that much football. I’d like to have some more experienced cover, someone who has played more games,” said McCarthy, who saw Bradley Orr return to Blackburn Rovers this week.

“Putting Carlos (Edwards) or Luke (Hyam) there, you’re kind of filling in. I haven’t got that many players anyway. I’m looking to replace Bradley.”

Daniel Farke has warned Norwich City they will have to fight fire with fire to match ‘aggressive’ Ipswich Town in Sunday’s Championship derby.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

Respected Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham insists cool heads will decide Sunday’s East Anglian Championship derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

The Gunn family know all about the highs and lows that the East Anglian derby can provide and Angus is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father for Norwich this Sunday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Norwich City telling them “now is the time to stand-up and be counted.”

Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

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