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Sky Sports reporter James Cooper gives his take on Ipswich Town hosting Russell Martin's MK Dons




A new era gets under way at Portman Road this afternoon (3pm) as Ipswich Town host MK Dons in their first match since their US takeover by Gamechanger 20 Ltd.

Sky Sports' north west football journalist James Cooper – an avid Town fan – returns to the club's preview video show alongside regular host Dan Palfrey to build up to the action.

See what he made of the first press conference with new chairman Mike O'Leary and one of The Three Lions – a fund which are part of the ownership group – Brett Johnson, as well as Town's play-off chances, today's opponents and more in the video below.

The Blues go into this afternoon's match following a disappointing goalless draw at bottom club Rochdale which left them with four points from six over Easter and eighth in the Sky Bet League One table and three points adrift of sixth-placed Lincoln City. The Imps hold a game in hand on Paul Cook's side.

Russell Martin's MK Dons, meanwhile, lie in 13th spot after seeing a winning run halted at four games in a 2-0 home defeat to fellow mid-table side Crewe Alexandra.

Town have confirmed O'Leary will attend his first game at Portman Road since assuming the role of chairman this afternoon.

New Ipswich Town chairman Mike O'Leary is set to take in his first game at Portman Road as MK Dons visit Picture: Barry Goodwin
New Ipswich Town chairman Mike O'Leary is set to take in his first game at Portman Road as MK Dons visit Picture: Barry Goodwin

"This is a fabulous club with a great heritage," the former West Bromich Albion and Oxford United board member told iFollow Ipswich.

"I remember from my youth how successful this club was, and when the opportunity came along to invest, it was one we really wanted to take advantage of.

"It's been a long process, about 14 months from start to finish, but we're excited.

"During that process we've got to know what is here, and we're aware of what opportunities could be available.

"I'm looking forward to being at Portman Road."

FA Youth Cup last eight in sight

Meanwhile, Adem Atay's under-18s will be looking to book a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup today.

Town will visit Middlesbrough in the fifth round with a midday kick-off in a behind closed doors tie at Bishop Auckland's Heritage Park ground.

The young Blues overcame Swindon in the fourth round at Portman Road, while Boro beat Swansea to progress.

The winners of today's tie will face Sheffield United or Bristol City at home in the quarter-finals.

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