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Opposition profile - Ipswich Town

5 November 2015

A brief look at the Tractor Boys...

Ipswich Town will travel to the AESSEAL New York Stadium having won their first game in eight attempts on Tuesday. Mick McCarthy’s side saw off Bolton Wanderers with a 2-0 win at home to bring an end to a terrible run of form.

The Tractor Boys were renowned for a mean defence last season as they kept 12 clean sheets on their way to a sixth-placed finish, but have already conceded 21 goals in 15 outings this term.

Their last victory on the road came in mid-September, so the Millers have a real chance of getting back to winning ways on Saturday.


Major honours
•    First Division: 1962
•    FA Cup: 1978
•    UEFA Cup: 1981


League position
10th


One to watch – Tommy Smith
The 25-year-old New Zealand international has become a mainstay in the Ipswich back four under the experienced McCarthy.

Sandwiched inbetween club captain Luke Chambers and stalwart Christoph Berra, Smith has been allowed to flourish into a confident, composed defender.

Smith has played 90 minutes in all 15 of Ipswich’s Championship games so far this season, netting two goals in the process.


Previous encounters
Both sides picked up a win in the corresponding fixtures last season. Matt Derbyshire and Connor Sammon scored either side of the break to hand Rotherham a 2-0 win at the AESSEAL New York Stadium in February.

Meanwhile, Ipswich won the first encounter between the sides last season at Portman Road, with two goals inside the opening six minutes from Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick giving Mick McCarthy’s side a 2-0 win.


Likely Lineup
Gerken; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen; Maitland-Niles, Skuse, Bru, Sears; Murphy, McGoldrick


Injuries
Ryan Fraser (knee), Luke Hyam (knee)


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