We will be going there to play to win

Last updated : 09 November 2012 By Tony Scholes

Sean Dyche will take his place in the away team's technical area, along with Ian Woan and Tony Loughlan while next to them on the home side will be Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor who have just replaced the previous team of Paul Jewell and Chris Hutchings.

For McCarthy it is a first home game and he has said: "I'm looking forward to it and it would be great to start off with three points, especially as I understand it's been a fair few months since we've had a home league win to celebrate.

"I've been to Portman Road many times before with my previous clubs and there has always been plenty of noise. The pitch is great and I've seen some very good games here, some exciting games. That is what I want to bring to the club but the first port of call must be to produce winning football.

"I've been here just over a week now and I'm beginning to get a feel for the place. I'm beginning to understand why so many people in football talk so fondly about the place because it is a lovely club."

For Dyche, a first away game after home victories against Wolves and Leeds. He's looking forward to it and, should it be a tight game, he hopes it will be us on top as it was on Tuesday in that 1-0 win against Leeds.

"The games where you are unfortunate and it's not your day, you know it's not your day," he said. "If you are free flowing and winning 3-0, they take care of themselves. It's the ones like Leeds the other night, they are the important ones over a season and that was a really good victory for us because there was a spell where it could have gone either way.

"I felt our quality would show, which it did with an absolute top-drawer goal, and they are the ones that over a season are really important and that's one of the big things that I want to instil into the team, to change the balance of those close games in our favour."

He continued: "They (Ipswich) will be smarting from an awkward result for them in the week. We are well aware of that and the players will be aware of that. You have to be aware of the opposition but you have to focus on what you do yourselves.

"We are in good form, we have good confidence and there is a good group and a nice feel about it. The crowd are joining in with that, which I said was important. They were excellent again the other night so we will be prepared on the opposition, but it's about us and about us going to Ipswich, playing our game and going and grabbing the game.

"I believe in playing to win and the players know that now and we will be going there to play to win."