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Hunt Delighted to Be Back for Play-Offs
Tuesday, 5th May 2015 19:25

Striker Noel Hunt is delighted to have returned to fitness in time to be involved in the play-offs. The 32-year-old suffered a knee injury in the closing stages of the 2-1 win at Fulham in February and had been expected to miss the rest of the season.

“It’s been really good, I’ve worked hard alongside the physios and the other lads and they’ve put me through my paces,” Hunt told Ipswich Player.

“It was hard work but it’s all been worth it because I’m back now for the last few games and hopefully I can be involved.

“My general fitness isn’t too bad either which is good. I trained last week in full and I’ve done a bit extra this week.

“Obviously I was on the bench at Blackburn, which was a real boost, and now we have two huge games coming up against Norwich that I want to hopefully be a part of.”

Meanwhile, Russell Osman is set to pair up with his old Blues central defensive partner Terry Butcher as the former England skipper’s assistant at Newport County. Butcher took over as boss at Rodney Parade last week.

Elsewhere, former Blue Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has been released by League One champions Bristol City.

Manager Steve Cotterill explained the decision: “I know there are potentially a few people interested in him. I’ve spoken to people about him in the last few weeks and I’ve told them what a wonderful character he is.

“Jay has never been a minute’s bother for me from the moment I walked in through the door. I love him to bits; he’s a fantastic lad.

“The one thing he needs is regular football. I’ve not been able to offer him that this year and if I couldn’t do that this year then there are no guarantees for next year either.”

Emmanuel-Thomas, 24, who scored 33 goals in 103 games for the Robins, moved to Ashton Gate in a swap deal which saw Paul Anderson move in the other direction in July 2013.

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rambohambo added 19:27 - May 5
i can see it now, 95th minute we are level with scum at carrow road and BOOOM noel hunt scores a cracker !!!

Popeye added 19:34 - May 5
Scott Loach transfer listed by Rotherham after one season at the club.

Bergholtblue added 19:40 - May 5
Good to have some forward back up on the bench for the next two games.

Hope JET sorts himself with a new club soon. Thought he was doing OK down there but clearly Cotterill didn't think he was up to League 1 football at its best and not good enough for Championship. Perhaps it was a good swap with Anderson after all, despite what some posters thought.

blueboy1981 added 19:58 - May 5
........ always capable of coming on and giving it everything for the last 20 minutes or so - and quite possibly a GOAL.

prebbs007 added 20:20 - May 5
Let's really hope for only one Hunt in the 18 on Saturday!!!! Noel better than his useless brother if he had both his legs in plaster !!! Great to see him recover from his injury in double quick time and hopefully he can have an impact in the playoffs.

Warkys_Tash added 20:25 - May 5
Super news, Does make you think why he has managed to get back fit in time but no sign or mention of McGoldrick?! Shame he wasn't able to replicate Huntys effort.

Phil, any news on McG? I suspect he has played his last game for Town. What a big name, big game player that would be to have on the team sheet against Norwich.

1RWR added 21:21 - May 5
Bit harsh prebbs007

bluefeast added 21:24 - May 5
Its a squad game ,if every player was absolute class we would be top 6 in perm not champ ,hunt is in for his dressing room support ,he can also deliver a decent dead ball. Yes he is not ronaldo , and yes he needs a hair cut ,but hey ,he wears blue so support the man.

blueboy1981 added 22:05 - May 5
Warkys Tash .............. forget him - he's gone - or as good as, and has been for some time now.

Warkys_Tash added 23:26 - May 5
Blue boy, yep you are probably right. I guess it will all come out in the wash once the season is over... I doubt Town will get anything like what Leicester offered though..

blue_movies added 23:43 - May 5
he's knees knackered probably never play again

bluesince84 added 00:23 - May 6
got this funny feeling Noel is going to write himself in to town folklore. Just got this feeling.....

nytractorboy added 01:46 - May 6
bluesince84 - I have a funny feeling too and it involves Murphy, Sears and N Hunt!!!!

prebbs007 added 06:48 - May 6
1RWR Bluefeast ... Guys, while it may be harsh, and he wears blue, were you at Blackburn?? That was the worst 45 mins by a town player I have seen... Every single touch from S Hunt was a joke and a disgrace to professional footballers. It could easily be reported to the trades description authorities. He can't pass he can't tackle he can't shoot his set piece taking is predictable and repetitive his right leg is only for standing on, so he's good in the dressing room?? Great , leave him in there. There is no way he should be playing at this level. He contributes nothing on the pitch of any quality and if he takes part in the play offs he will cost us. We have midfielders of quality. Bishop & Bru need to play with Skuse. The only way we beat that lit up the road is with some ability no headless chicken running with no purpose of end product. I'm not trying to be hard on any particular individual but if MM selects too many workers over ball playing ability then we will fail. This is our biggest game for a decade+ and we need our best players on the pitch for as much of the tie as possible.

bluefeast added 07:39 - May 6
Im guilty of being on the negative side of a number of our players , however as far as i am concerned now the play offs are an absolute bonus , we are really there due to our pre christmas form , a period of time if you remember Hunt was a major contributor , we had not lost with him in the team. Im sure he will also be his own biggest critic. Just now lets just support e`ch and every player ,it may just make the difference. Groans in the ground simply put a player off , as it would you if your customers at your work place groaned and moaned at you whilst you were trying to do your best.

Guthrum added 08:19 - May 6
Is that the only game you've seen him play in, prebbs007? And even on Saturday at least he was injecting energy and trying things which nearly worked (often not doing so because his target had moved the wrong way). Stephen Hunt was involved in a lot of our better attacking play earlier in the season, during November and December.

Also, Bishop and Bru are central midfield players, so not in direct competition with Stephen Hunt (a wide-man) anyway.

prebbs007 added 08:56 - May 6
All fair points guys. I take all views on board. But still S Hunt not for me. Appreciate he is wide player and not direct comparison to Bru & Bishop but would love us to play 4-3-3 as feel that utilises our best players and our best form this season has been with that formation. Anyway most important thing is we are all behind the boys for Saturday and I will join you in that. (No not only game I saw him in. Season ticket holder plus 12 away games and to be fair, in my opinion he has contributed very very little)

Hegansheroes added 08:57 - May 6
Have to agree with prebbs, Hunt is an old Mm favourite, loads of energy very little ability, exactly the same can be said of Tabb. There are midfield players at the club with ability but MM won't play more than one at a time so expect to see Tabb start against Norwich with S Hunt on the bench & probably no place for Bru who really has been one of our best midfielders when he has played.

blue_movies added 09:46 - May 6
Hunt, Chaplow, Sears, Wood, Williams.........one in five is MM's success rate. Strengthening team with injured players, you couldn't make it up.

Simonds92 added 09:53 - May 6
Completely agree with prebbs, it's good to see the energy and commitment of the hunt brothers but I'm not overly convinced Stephen can kick s ball properly!

GiveusaWave added 10:02 - May 6
There's no doubt that in terms of actual ability we are second best, and it's been a long time since we even scored a goal against Norwich let alone beat them. Their forums suggest the same. They are already planning for the final and saying things such as "gods vrs men" and "led by a dinosaur". They are already thinking about how much they will thrash us by and aren't even comprehending the fact that they may lose.

This overconfidence and lack of respect could prove their undoing.

iF we score an early goal, all that confidence could come crashing down around them. They think our HoofBall is useless against their defence. Lets test that out. Yes, we aren't pretty to watch by any degree of the imagination but we've ground out results the hard way and hoofed our way to 6th spot.

It's time to encourage ALL our players not criticise them. if MM is a dinosaur, so be it. For these 2 matches he's a rampant T-Rex! Lets not boo our players for playing hoofball or cheer their's when they produce a piece of skill (which has happened far too much this season). As supporters we are sometimes far too polite and nice and nice guys come last. Let's hoof our way to Wembley and show the whole country that we can hoof more than Wimbledon FC in their glory days. Cheer Tabb, Hunt, Smith, Hunt and Skuse on every inch of the way. This is the biggest game we've had in nigh on 15 years, and the one after is going to be even bigger. Even if we are 3-0 down at half-time cheer our team on. They've made it this far and that's a miracle from MM and TC.

blue_movies added 10:04 - May 6
sorry forgot Fryers......make that 1 in 6

blueherts added 12:11 - May 6
Without Hunt and Chaplow we wouldnt be in the play offs - those late goals at Charlton and Watford were key
Funny how people still moan on about this player , that player
Look we are in the play offs - which is two 'one-off games full of passion , skill , luck and determination - Norwich have ALL the pressure - they expected to shoot straight back up
No one ( except me and few others on here ) give us a chance - GREAT
Bring it on
Lets not dwell on this player , that player lets just get behind and leave the 'negative/glass is half full attitude outside the room !
Blimey first time in 10 years we are actually involved in the play offs and people still moan
Cheer up some of you - you must be a real pleasure to be around

blueherts added 12:13 - May 6
Half empty !! not full - apologies !

oldtimer3 added 12:44 - May 6
Is Varney available like to think so

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