Aston Villa v Ipswich: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed he will make sweeping changes to his tiring side for Saturday’s trip to struggling Premier League side Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round.

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Having secured superb back-to-back away wins against Charlton and Wolves over the festive period, the Blues boss admitted Tuesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Brighton – their fourth match in 11 days – was ‘one game too many’ for his largely unchanged side.

A number of changes will be enforced, with Stephen Henderson and Bradley Orr unavailable under the terms of their loan deals, Andy Drury still out with a virus, Tyrone Mings cup-tied (having played for Yate Town in the competition last August) and well as Danny Higginbotham and DJ Campbell having exited following loan spells.

In addition, Luke Chambers is a doubt after he broke his nose in training this morning, with new signing Patrick Kisnorbo – on loan from Leeds for a month – eligible to play.

McCarthy has confirmed that Scott Loach, Elliott Hewitt and Michael Chopra will all start, while he may freshen his team up in other areas too.

“I love the FA Cup, but if I was without the players we are without for a league game I would be a bit more unhappy,” said McCarthy

“I’m quite happy to have a break from the league. This gives me a chance to give a few players a rest after playing five games in two weeks. They’ve put a right shift in for me.

“I’d like to beat Villa, but there will be a lot of changes – some through necessity, some through me wanting to have a look at some. Of course, some of them will have to play, but I want to give some a break.” He continued: “Scott Loach, Elliott Hewitt and Michael Chopra will all play.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen in Elliott. I want to see how he does. He trains well, he trains with the first team, he’s got a lot of ability – what he hasn’t got is experience and know-how and knowledge.

“DJ (Campbell) has been excellent, he’s been getting all the goals (10 in 17), so Michael (Chopra) won’t be wondering why he’s not been playing. He’s willing, able and ready to go – it’s up to him to step up now we’ve lost DJ.

“He’s got a good track record, but he’s got to come in firing and do the business.”

He added: “Loach is a great kid. Whether I’d got permission or not to play Stephen Henderson, I would have played Loach anyway because I need to see him – I haven’t seen him in a competitive game yet.

“He’s been great in training, he’s a lovely fella and has been a pleasure to be around; but I’m not really interested in that – I want him to play well. I hope he takes his opportunity on Saturday.”

– See tomorrow’s EADT and Ipswich Star for all the latest Blues news.

8 comments

  • Praise indeed for Loach from his manager - who then qualifies what he is saying by reminding us that he has not seen him in a competative game yet !!!!!! Given the time he has now had at ITFC didn't MM ought to have at least given one chance to our own goalkeeper ahead of another transient loanee ??????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Honestly lets be realistic here, it does not matter what team mccarthy fields against Aston Villa as they are all the same mish mash rubbish whatever the team!!! Also what does it matter what town do in this match, as the fight against relegation takes priority, otherwise Yeovil comes to town next season!!!

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    ged scott

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Yeovil Town will be in the Championship next season.

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    Paul Markham

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Oh diddums.... so six hours work in 11 days is too much for Mick the Man and his tired half-a-team. Meanwhile in the real world people do at least SEVEN hours work every day.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • MM is right to try different players in this game. If we lose it won't be entirely unexpected. Although Villa are struggling they are still a League above us. The unfortunate thing is that some 3000 fans may be going in the genuine hope of a upset. I hope it happens, but we are relying on fringe players and an inexperience youngster. We will probably see a few more loanees come in as teams tend to add a few thousand on if they think your desperate at this time of year. Not ideal, but survival is the priority at the moment.

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    whymarkmariner

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Praise indeed for Loach from his manager - who then qualifies what he is saying by reminding us that he has not seen him in a competative game yet !!!!!! Given the time he has now had at ITFC didn't MM ought to have at least given one chance to our own goalkeeper ahead of another transient loanee ??????

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • 5 days too late mick , but a big improvement would be the (permanent) removal of reo - coker.

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Freshen up his team with Chopra, I don't think so.What does he have against Jason Scotland? As for five games in two weeks, send them on the Tour De France and they'll find out what hard work is.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

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