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Vaclav Hladky on Ipswich Town's FA Cup fourth-round clash at home to Championship leaders Burnley at Portman Road





Vaclav Hladky insists Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley are in for a stern test when they take on Ipswich Town in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.

The Tractor Boys are currently sitting in third place in Sky Bet League One, as they bid to return to the second tier next season, while Burnley are five points clear at the top of the Championship.

The two sides meet at Portman Road tomorrow (3pm) in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Ipswich having already knocked out Championship side Rotherham United 4-1 in the previous round of the competition.

Vaclav Hladky is expected to be back in goal for Ipswich Town tomorrow Picture: Barry Goodwin
Vaclav Hladky is expected to be back in goal for Ipswich Town tomorrow Picture: Barry Goodwin

Town goalkeeper Hladky, who made his last appearance in that victory against Rotherham, is expected to feature again this weekend, having been on the bench as Christian Walton's back-up during their League One campaign so far.

"For me it's a huge game and obviously against a really, really hard opponent," Hladky said.

"I think you can see we've sold almost 25,000 tickets, so that means for the fans it's a big game and it's something special.

"It's always nice to be a part of it. I think every player just wants to be on the pitch and contributing.

"It doesn't really matter what kind of game it is. I'm happy to be on the pitch and to contribute for the team.

"Burnley will be a hard opponent. They're dominating the Championship, but listen I think it's a good test for us.

"We want to be dominant as well, so I think it's going to be a good game to watch. I think it's not going to be easy for them."

Czech-born Hladky arrived at Portman Road in the summer of 2021, following an impressive spell at Salford City, where he picked up a number of accolades including the League Two Golden Glove and being picked in the League Two Team of the Season, as well as scooping the club's player of the year award.

The 32-year-old amassed 53 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign with Salford, but has found his game time less frequent at Ipswich over the last 18 months, and so far this term has only played in the cup competitions.

"It's always a hard job to be the number two goalie," he said. "It's not easy. I'm not going to lie.

"I want to be on the pitch and I want to be part of the team in every single game and play and be part of the success.

"It's always a hard position but I have to deal with it. It's not always easy, but it is what it is.

"I'm glad to be part of the big team and the big club and I'm trying to contribute as much as I can."