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McGavin Starts as Edwards and Hawkins Miss Out
Saturday, 21st Nov 2020 14:27

Town are without Gwion Edwards and Oli Hawkins for this afternoon’s home game against Shrewsbury, while Brett McGavin starts in place of the suspended Andre Dozzell.

Manager Paul Lambert revealed that two unnamed players had picked up knocks in training during the week and Edwards and Hawkins are both missing from today’s 18.

In total there are three changes from the team which lost 2-1 at Sunderland in Town’s most recent League One match 18 days ago.

In midfield, as well as McGavin, who is making his second league start, ex-Shrew Jon Nolan returns for Jack Lankester, who drops to the bench, and Teddy Bishop is the third midfielder.

Edwards’s place in the front three is taken by Freddie Sears, who looks set to be on the left, with Kayden Jackson continuing in the middle and Alan Judge on the right.

Tomas Holy is again in goal behind the same back four which faced the Black Cats - from the right - skipper Luke Chambers, Toto Nsiala, like Nolan facing his old club, Mark McGuinness and Stephen Ward.

James Norwood is on the bench having returned to training this week after suffering a minor hamstring problem in the FA Cup tie against Portsmouth alongside Luke Woolfenden, back having missed the last three matches as he was self-isolating having come into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. James Wilson is missing from the 18.

From this weekend teams are permitted to use five of their seven substitutes.

Shrewsbury are unchanged from last week’s 3-3 home draw with Swindon with former Blues trialist Shilow Tracey starting.

Town: Holy, Chambers (c), Nsiala, McGuinness, Ward, McGavin, Nolan, Bishop, Judge, Jackson, Sears. Subs: Cornell, Woolfenden, Kenlock, Huws, Lankester, Bennetts, Norwood.

Shrewsbury: Burgoyne, Millar, Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Pierre, Daniels, Edwards, Norburn (c), Whalley, Tracey, Pugh. Subs: Iliev, Vela, Walker, Barnett, Udoh, High, Cummings. Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

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timkatieadamitfc added 14:34 - Nov 21
Would have had woolfenden in for nsiala for sure

Len_Brennan added 14:41 - Nov 21
Lankester, Norwood, Bennetts might be a stronger front three. With 5 subs allowed, we see them finishing the game.

Suffolkboy added 15:00 - Nov 21
Who issues the ‘sick ‘ notes at Playford Rd ? — so disappointing to regularly read of ‘ knocks’as PL puts it ;and now they’re back into some sort of rhythm why can’t ITFC discover how to get them through a period without ‘self -inflicted injury ,so that at the very least there’s a more complete selection for every game ?
Human beings do suffer weaknesses but this privileged bunch are paid to know how to,and keep fit ,with lots of assistance too !
Never mind ; COYB

RobITFC added 15:01 - Nov 21
Fail to see how Judge gets in the team ?

BettyBlue added 15:11 - Nov 21
The reason we have some may injuries is that no-one can match fir playing under the Tinkerman.

BTW, another good start. That three weeks off really does the business Lamberty.

BeattiesBackPocket added 15:12 - Nov 21
How on Earth is Nsiala is ahead of Woolfenden is guess it must be that 5 point plan of getting the kids in the first team some of you on here fall for every season! And judge is yet to have a decent game since coming here would’ve targeted Norwood or Lankaster

BettyBlue added 15:13 - Nov 21
The reason we have so many injuries is that no-one can get match fit playing under the Tinkerman.

BettyBlue added 15:15 - Nov 21
Norwood's not keen on actually playing any first team games now he's a blogger and influencer.

runningout added 15:25 - Nov 21
Wish I had more confidence in our current coach and his staff. Recent record is Naff!! I know it’s easy to be negative when start of a game is weak, but evidence of consistent good form is hard to find with no change in years. Up to you Mr Evans to work your magic :-/

BettyBlue added 15:37 - Nov 21
Great game plan after 3 weeks off. Start with yet another weak insipid half of "football".

I can hear the dead fans moans from Ipswich Cemetery in Brunswick Road.

Lightningboy added 15:40 - Nov 21
What in god’s name do we actually do in “training”?

Something seriously wrong with our “training” methods - the amount of injuries picked up in “training” is an absolute joke.


hongkongblue added 15:57 - Nov 21
Absolute S@@te that first 45 stray passes and not
Looking close to scoring or creating anything let’s
Hope he changes it up at half time judge waste of space

Suffolkboy added 16:05 - Nov 21

BB Love the Cemetery comment !
AND Lightning Boy , maybe they’re training to get into the dead ground ; lots don’t seem even able to last out a whole 90 mins, and JN is either totally unfortunate ,on too many occasions, or simply needs a brain transplant to get rid of his tensions and restore a sense of confidence — both in him AND for and of him !
Too many feeble fairies ,consummate con men , picking up pay packets but appearing ignorant of how to put in an all round team performance and useless at putting the ball in the net !
Find some harsh words of inspiration PL , and maybe bite the bullet and simply dismiss some entirely ; make them wake up , think and perform convincingly week in week out !
We want ITFC to thrive , perform and please ,but not much satisfaction on any score yet !

bernie added 16:23 - Nov 21
How many times do I need to say !! Lambert is not the man to take us forward end of, even if we can turn it around today . It’s Shrewsbury, my god Ipswich must be one of the most frustrating teams to support

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