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MATCH PREVIEW: IPSWICH TOWN V WIGAN ATHLETIC

30 January 2015

Latics head to Suffolk in search of three Sky Bet Championship points.

  • Latics won on last two visits to Portman Road.
  • Tractor Boys won just once in last five matches in all competitions.
  • No fresh injury concerns for Malky Mackay.
Malky Mackay’s side head to Suffolk on Saturday as Latics look for their first win in 2015 against Mick McCarthy’s high-flying Ipswich Town.

The Tractor Boys could move into the automatic promotion spaces with victory whilst Latics will hope to reduce the gap to safety to five points.

New signings Billy Mckay and Jason Pearce have travelled to Portman Road but loan addition Chris Herd is ineligible until 48 hours after Australia’s Asian Cup final clash with South Korea this weekend, thus meaning he’ll have to wait until next weekend’s clash with Bournemouth to make his debut.

Mackay confirmed in his pre-match interview that Development Squad players Matty Hamilton and Jordan Flores, plus Under 18s Sam Cosgrove and Josh Gregory have travelled with the squad.

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LAST TIME OUT



Ipswich Town 1 – 3 Wigan Athletic
Saturday 15th March 2014
Portman Road
Sky Bet Championship

A James McClean double, as well as a Leon Barnett header, ensured Latics came from behind to defeat Ipswich and make it eight consecutive wins in all competitions.

Tommy Smith headed the hosts in front but McClean levelled just three minutes later from Marc-Antoine Fortuné’s low cross.

And Barnett put Latics ahead on the stroke of half-time with a brave header from Jordi Gomez’s free-kick before McClean made sure of the points from close range after another Fortuné assist.

IPSWICH TOWN IN 2014/15 SO FAR

Ipswich Town fans could not have wished for a better first half of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship campaign after last season’s ninth place finish.

Despite losing key defender Aaron Cresswell in the summer, the arrivals of the experienced Stephen Hunt and Darren Ambrose as well as the additions of Bartosz Bialkowski, Jonathan Parr and Kevin Bru supplemented an already solid outfit.



August actually started badly for McCarthy’s side, with a home defeat to fierce rivals Norwich City, a Capital One Cup exit at Crawley Town and just one victory – their opening day success against Fulham.

In contrast, September could not have gone much better for the Tractor Boys with back-to-back home wins followed up by a 2-1 success at the DW Stadium and 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

Winless for a month after that victory over the Millers, Ipswich would go unbeaten in November and December, winning eight and drawing two with a 3-0 success over Charlton Athletic putting the Portman Road outfit into the automatic promotion places.

Forwards Noel Hunt and Freddy Sears have been added to the ranks in January but the Tractor Boys have won just once in their last five in all competitions with defeats to Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion resulting in a drop to fourth place in the table.

MAN TO WATCH – DAVID McGOLDRICK


Striker David McGoldrick could return to Ipswich’s starting XI on Saturday and the 27-year-old striker is sure to be a threat if that’s the case.

With seven goals so far this campaign, McGoldrick’s form has continued from the 2013-14 campaign in which he bagged 16 goals in 34 appearances.

A Notts County youth team graduate, McGoldrick made his name at Southampton who he signed for in 2004 before going on to make 75 appearances, scoring 15 goals.

In 2009, McGoldrick moved to Nottingham Forest, making a further 75 appearances for the City Ground club in four years there.

It was a loan move to Coventry City during the 2012-13 season that kick-started McGoldrick’s career with the striker notching 17 goals in 25 games before moving to Ipswich on loan later that season.

After scoring four goals in 14 games during his temporary stay at Portman Road, McGoldrick made his move permanent in July 2013 and has since bagged a further 23 goals in 60 appearances.

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