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Getting To Know: Ipswich

13 February 2014

A look at Saturday's opponents

Sat within touching distance of the top six, a run of strong results would give Ipswich Town every chance of ending their 12-year stay in The Championship.

Stranded at this level since 2002, The Tractor Boys twice failed in the play-offs under Joe Royle since then, but now look set to challenge again under Mick McCarthy.

They’re currently unbeaten in their last four, but dropped two points at struggling Barnsley last time out.

16 goals from David McGoldrick has been their main asset, and at home Town are a force, where they’ve claimed eight of their 11 victories this season.

McCarthy’s side claimed a rare away victory at Bloomfield Road in November, so will be looking to claim the double on Saturday.

How they’re getting on…

Ipswich have lost twice since the turn of the year, but were forced to come from behind to claim a point at Oakwell last weekend.

A narrow victory at home to Bolton came before that, and was earned by McGoldrick from the penalty spot.

However, taking January as a whole Town won just once in all competitions, a 2-0 win over Reading. 

Man in charge…

Having guided the club to safety last season, McCarthy is now doing an impressive job at the other end of the table with Ipswich.

The former-Republic of Ireland did a great job at Wolves, where he guided them to the Premier League, before his departure in 2012.

Key man…

With 16 goals to his name, McGoldrick is certainly the key man for Ipswich, and he is now set to make this his best season yet for goal scoring.

The former-Nottingham Forest striker joined Town on loan from Coventry last season, before making his move permanent in the summer.

On home soil…

At Portman Road Ipswich have lost just three times this season, with only Leeds, Burnley and Leicester tasting success there. 

Since November McCarthy’s side have gone unbeaten on home soil, highlighting the task on Barry Ferguson’s hands this weekend. 

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