Town again face side under new manager

THIS will be the fifth time this season that Ipswich Town have effectively played a side who have had a new manager in place - and they have lost their previous four.

By Elvin King

THIS will be the fifth time this season that Ipswich Town have effectively played a side who have had a new manager in place - and they have lost their previous four.

Crystal Palace (Peter Taylor), West Brom (Tony Mowbray), Sheffield Wednesday (Brian Laws), and Simon Davey (Barnsley), have all enjoyed early success against the Blues.

Town manager Jim Magilton will be hoping for better luck tomorrow at Kenilworth Road as a defeat against the lowly Hatters will keep his team under pressure as they go into a two-week break caused by Euro 2008 qualifying games.

Three points for Magilton's men and they will be surely safe from any thoughts of relegation. Town have seven games left after tomorrow.

The Blues thrashed Luton 5-0 at home in a televised game with Hatters defender Sol Davis suffering a stroke on his way to the game. Happily he is now back playing again.

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Goalkeeper Marlon Beresford suffered a head injury in the home defeat by Hull on Tuesday.

Dan Harding is expected to recover from an ankle injury and keep his place in the Ipswich defence, but Matt Richards is a bigger doubt.

Town's head of sports science Dave Williams said: “Both players have sprained ankles and are having treatment.

“We are hopeful that Dan will be OK and of the two Matt is the bigger concern.”

Leading scorer Alan Lee is available again after serving a one-match suspension and Gavin Williams could make his first start in midfield since the end of January after recovering from a pelvic problem.

Jaime Peters and Owen Garvan could also come back into the team after being left out in the 1-0 defeat at Preston on Tuesday.

Derby County have completed the loan signing of Darren Currie until the end of the season.

n The Football League has set up a working party to look at draws being settled by shoot-outs and other ways of potentially enhancing the game.

Chairman Lord Mawhinney said: “It is important to look from time to time at what we are offering and whether it is as good as it could be.”

SQUADS

Luton Town: Beresford, Brill, Barnett, Heikkinen, Davis, Bell, Keane, Langley, Feeney, Emmanuel, Morgan, Carlisle, Talbot, Coyne, Runstrom.

Ipswich Town: Price, Supple, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Harding, Peters, Garvan, Williams, Legwinski, Roberts, O'Callaghan, Walters, Haynes, Lee, Wilnis, Haynes, Clarke, Richards, Sito.

Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay).

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