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Ipswich Town's interim manager John McGreal wants supporters to be entertained during League One match against Sunderland

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Ipswich Town's interim manager John McGreal has called on the players to produce a performance that will excite an anticipated big Portman Road crowd tomorrow afternoon.

It is believed that the League One fixture is close to being a sell out – and it is the first of the club's #PackOutPR campaign, with tickets made available for £15.

And with a number of supporters set to be watching the side for the first time in a number of years – and potentially some attending an Ipswich match for the first time – McGreal does not want to see them go home disappointed.

A large number of tickets have been sold for the Sunderland game. Picture: Barry Goodwin
A large number of tickets have been sold for the Sunderland game. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I've said it before, yes I'm in charge but it's not about me it's about the players," said McGreal, who will make way for new manager Kieran McKenna from Monday.

"It's about the fans as well. A lot of fans are coming back for this game and hopefully we can put on a performance so that then those added fans can keep coming back as well – that's what we're planning to do.

"We know that it's going to be tough. Sunderland are in fine form at the moment and they're flexing their muscles a little bit.

"But we feel as though we can get a good result against them."

While a number of Premier League, Football League and non league games have been the victim of Covid-19 this weekend, there are no such worries for Ipswich.

McGreal did reveal that 'a couple' of unnamed players are due to sit out the game because of the virus, but overall he praised the club for how they have dealt with the recent nationwide surge in cases.

"We've got a couple of people who have been in close contact so they have to come out of the squad, but apart from that we're quite fine," he added.

"We've done everything that we can with the protocols – the club is in a great position.

"There is two or three (players and staff members) to a lot of the dressing rooms, even a lot of the meetings are spread out, kept to 15 minutes.

"Even the other night (at Barrow) we took two coaches and there is face masks everywhere.

"We're dealing with it the best that we can. Obviously there is a lot of games off but it's testament to our club really that our game is still on.

"We've still got a lot of players to choose from, a big squad to choose from, so it's all systems go on our behalf."

Meanwhile, during the same press conference, McGreal hailed the appointment of McKenna as the club's new manager.