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Search for a creative spark – Anthony Wordsworth and Mark Yeates on the Ipswich Town wanted list

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:52 14 January 2013

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GOING back to basics has worked wonders – now it’s time to take things to the next level.

Ipswich Town became the first team in 26 matches to stop Cardiff City scoring on Saturday when they more than matched the Championship table-toppers in a highly-credible goalless draw.

Mick McCarthy has instilled an ethic of hard work and organisation into a side which had previously looked so fragile defensively.

And now the Blues boss – having signed three new strikers this month – will look to add some creativity to his side before the end of the January transfer window, with Colchester United’s Anthony Wordsworth and Watford’s Mark Yeates understood to be top targets.

“First and foremost I want us to be organised and hard to beat,” said McCarthy. “It might sound very simplistic and it is.

“If we can add some quality to it with that final pass, final cross and finishing then we’ll be a better team.”

With Nigel Reo-Coker having rejected a contract extension until the end of the season in favour of finding a longer-term deal elsewhere, a central midfielder is needed to provide competition to Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Andy Drury.

And with Carlos Edwards and Lee Martin in the final six months of their deals, wingers will be high on the wanted list.

Wordsworth will be available in a cut-price deal as he is now in the final six months of his contract at The Weston Homes Community Stadium. The 24-year-old set-piece specialist can play wide left or through the middle.

U’s owner Robbie Cowling said yesterday that no firm offers had been received for the player, but manager Joe Dunne has recently said he would be surprised if he could keep hold of his prized asset.

Yeates – a former Colchester player himself – has also been linked, with Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola admitting there has been in interest in the 28-year-old Irishman. Capable of playing on either wing, he is another player who is heading towards the end of his contract.

– Join Ipswich Town writers Stuart Watson and Dave Gooderham for a live webchat at 1pm today.

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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