News, views, and more ahead of tomorrow's trip to Portman Road
Ipswich Town vs Brentford
Saturday 4 March
Sky Bet Championship
It has been an inconsistent season for the Sky Bet Championship's longest serving member with The Tractor Boys' 15 season stay in the second tier showing no sign of coming to an end. After narrowly missing out on the Play-Offs last season, Mick McCarthy's side have never been able to put together a consistent run of results this time round and head into Saturday's match in 16th place, one point and three places behind The Bees. Ipswich are without a home win since mid-January and have picked up just eight points from their last eight matches.
Since The Bees 2-0 win at Griffin Park back in August, Mick McCarthy has scoured the lower leagues and the loan market to add to the squad at Portman Road. Kieffer Moore [Forest Green Rovers], Steven Taylor [Portland Timbers], and Daniel Rowe [Macclesfield Town] joined permanently in January while former Bee Toumani Diagouraga [Leeds United], Emyr Huws [Cardiff City], and Tom Lawrence [Leicester City] made temporary switches to Suffolk. Former Brentford loanee Tommy Smith returned as a second-half substitute against Norwich City last weekend after five months out. David McGoldrick, Tom Lawrence, and Luke Hyam are also all in contention after recent returns to fitness but Adam Webster, Giles Coke, and Dominic Samuel are sidelined while Steven Taylor is also expected to miss out.
Mick McCarthy was appointed manager of The Tractor Boys in November 2012, taking over from Paul Jewell and saving the club from relegation, and is now the Championship's longest serving manager. With long-term assistant coach Terry Connor, he guided the team to ninth place the following season. In 2014, they signed new contracts after taking the squad to the play-offs for the first time in a decade, losing to Norwich City in the semi-finals, before a seventh-placed finish last campaign.
A former defender, the 58-year-old made appearances for Barnsley, Manchester City and Celtic in his playing days. He earned 57 caps for the Republic of Ireland before going on to manage them for six years, taking them to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
The Match Officials
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell and Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: Lee Swabey
Advanced sales for Saturday's game at Portman Road end at 2pm this afternoon. Tickets will be on sale on the day, cash only, from turnstiles 10 and 11:
£35.00 – Adult
£25.50 – 60+ / Student (NUS)
£24.50 – Under 20
£12.50 – Under 16
There are disruptions to train services from Liverpool Street to Ipswich on Saturday due to engineering works. Travel details by road and rail can be found in our Away Day guide.
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You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 2.30pm tomorrow, with Mark Burridge, Simon Webster, and Sean Ridley.
There will be live match updates on Twitter from 2pm.
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