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Town Unchanged at Birmingham
Saturday, 31st Mar 2018 14:12

Town name the same team which lost 1-0 away at Bristol City prior to the international break for this afternoon’s game against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, their first match since manager Mick McCarthy announced that he will be leaving in the summer.

Bartosz Bialkowski will be in goal with Cameron Carter-Vickers, skipper Luke Chambers and Adam Webster the back three and Jordan Spence and Jonas Knudsen the wing-backs.

Cole Skuse will play in central midfield behind Callum Connolly and Grant Ward with Martyn Waghorn and Freddie Sears up front.

Mustapha Carayol is back among the subs after his groin problem, while Australian striker Ben Folami, 18, is also on the bench.

Birmingham make one change from the team which started against Hull City in their 3-0 win a fortnight ago with David Davis returning for the injured Craig Gardner.

Ex-Blues loan keeper David Stockdale starts for the home side, while skipper Michael Morrison is from Suffolk having been born in Bury St Edmunds.

Birmingham: Stockdale, Harding, Morrison (c), Dean, Colin, Jota, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma, Davis, Jutkiewicz, Adams. Subs: Kuszczak, Roberts, Dacres-Cogley, NDoye, Lowe, Bailey, Boga.

Town: Bialkowski, Carter-Vickers, Chambers (c), Webster, Spence, Skuse, Ward, Connolly, Knudsen, Waghorn Sears. Subs: M Crowe, Celina, Hyam, Gleeson, Kenlock, Carayol, Folami. Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Sam added 14:26 - Mar 31
Nice team, prefer Celina to Sears and Carayol to Ward but oh well. Lets get behind the lads and cheer on the Blues.

osborne added 14:27 - Mar 31
COYB. Let's have a positive, motivated performance from our boys!

irishtim added 14:29 - Mar 31
Why no Drinan and Morris?

TractorBeezer added 14:30 - Mar 31
Go for it lads...nothing to lose

northernblues added 14:32 - Mar 31
So much for giving the young lads a run out towards the end of the season

RoyalAscotBlue added 14:34 - Mar 31
Nothing and no one to play for, whilst Birmingham have everything to play for. I expect a regulation victory for the home side. Cannot understand why our Manager is still in place?

braveblue added 14:39 - Mar 31
That’s it Mick. Stick with the players who have hardly scored a goal this year. Please just go now.

cornishblu added 14:39 - Mar 31
....would like to see Folami get a run out"....only saw him when we played CP thought he was class

As said the right decision has been made .,get behind the club and the team

MicksZzzTactics added 14:43 - Mar 31
Wonder what exactly that exciting sounding Drinan (or the likewise sub at Bristol, the inexplicably late used , late as in the 93 minute?!, Mr. Morris for that matter) has done NOW or DURING the international break ....besides scoring some nifty goals for the Development side???!!!

poldark added 14:45 - Mar 31
Same old Mick two fingers up to fans

MicksZzzTactics added 14:59 - Mar 31
How can you possibly downvote my post -- and not @irishtim's btw LOL -- advocating the use or merely inclusion of youngsters Drinan & Morris in the squad, dear @swn98???

Ohhh that right!!! You, much like you pal @Rabiit for instance, suffer from a severe form of OCD, that particularly get's triggered whenever you spot ANY of my inputs, that's bloody why you pathetic sorry piece of sheeeiiiitttt!

tractorboybig added 15:02 - Mar 31
Big game ...Birmingham lose then we mathematically stay up......

terryf added 15:10 - Mar 31
So where are the young lads????

Said all along it's about his street cred and not the future development of Ipswich Town.

McCarthy would rather finish 11th (we won't do any better) than give the youngsters some experience and finish 15th or 16th.'s all about him.

He said he'd not changed in all the time he's been here and therein lies the problem. The Team after stabilising in his first season, needed to evolve and sadly he never allowed that to happen.

I don't think he ever understood the average ITFC supporter.

Northstandveteran added 15:22 - Mar 31
As much as I agree with your post terryf, we could look at this positively.
No youngsters out there =no injuries.

All I know is that I am delighted that McCarthy is moving on and am daring to feel a sense of optimism that I haven't felt for many years.

Oh 1_0 Birmingham

Northstandveteran added 15:23 - Mar 31
Above points proved 😂😂😂

Northstandveteran added 15:23 - Mar 31
Thank Christ he's going!!!!!!!

Daleyitfc added 15:43 - Mar 31
Never one to change a losing team, McCarthy ...

Theipswich added 16:19 - Mar 31
..hopefully we'll get a shot in on target or is that asking too much ? He's a tactical genius, isn't he..... ?

poldark added 16:34 - Mar 31
Brought on Hyam so all out attack IDIOT

Fansince72 added 16:39 - Mar 31
Hyam ????
Micks really going for it now ..... take that you numbskulls !!

black_shuck added 16:59 - Mar 31
We are now a Zombie club. Zombie owner, manager and team. Insolvent. Only technically going through the motions.

What is the point of Mick McCarthy now?

massivemole added 17:01 - Mar 31
Even when he resigns, we still score 0. 7 riveting games to go folks.

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