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Ipswich Town: Kieran McKenna expects Bristol City to pose a threat in Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road





Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna is expecting Bristol City to pose a threat when the two sides meet tomorrow night at Portman Road.

The Tractor Boys, who currently sit second in the Sky Bet Championship, are aiming to win six games in a row in the second tier for the first time since the 1991/92 Second Division title-winning season.

Bristol are currently 13th in the Championship table but only six points off the relegation zone.

Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna says his side need to be 100 per cent ready for their game against Bristol City tomorrow night. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna says his side need to be 100 per cent ready for their game against Bristol City tomorrow night. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Following the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, McKenna said: “It’s clear to see, especially with their FA Cup performances and Southampton and Middlesbrough, what a threat they can be.”

“They probably do excel at the moment when they’re up against teams who, like Southampton, maybe dominate the ball.

“Or up against teams like West Ham or Nottingham Forest, who they did well in the cup against when they were maybe not favourites in the game. They’re really dangerous in that game state.

“We know from the outside perspective, despite the recent history of the two clubs, that will be the case on Tuesday, but I’d like to think the experience in the room will tell us that.

“It’s a game we’re going to have to be 100 per cent prepared and ready for. They’ve got a good squad, good players, good manager and we’ll be as ready as we can be on Tuesday night.”

The game is the second of three in eight days after a lot of travelling, following a trip to Home Park last weekend and to Cardiff on Saturday.

The Blues boss said on his squad: “Nathan is not going to be available, he’s certainly not ready, but Wes trained yesterday and we’ll see how he is this morning.”

“We have one more session before the game and we’ll make a judgement after that.

"Everyone's in good spirits and has recovered well from the weekend, so we're looking forward to this game because we always enjoy playing under the lights at Portman Road.

"The boys are in this morning and we'll go through our final preparation, with a really light session to prepare for the game. We'll do everything we can to make sure we're ready."

Back in October, Nathan Broadhead’s first-half goal saw Town claim a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate.

Robins manager Liam Manning is a boss of a similar profile to McKenna and with an Ipswich Town heritage.

He formerly coached at the Blues academy having previously been a midfielder at the club’s Playford Road youth set-up without progressing to have a senior playing career.

McKenna said: “I know Liam pretty well now, faced him with the MK Dons. A good person, a good coach and I’m sure he’ll want to bring his team here to make an impression on a Tuesday night.

“But it’s up to us to guard against that and go and try and deliver a good performance of our own.”