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Wilson Preparing Reds for Ipswich Town

6 February 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson met with the press ahead of his side’s home clash with Ipswich Town on Saturday.

With no new injury worries, just the suspension of Jacob Mellis and Emmanuel Frimpong, Wilson talked of defender Jack Hunt – who got through 75 minutes on Saturday upon his return from injury.

“He'll be okay,” said Wilson. “We've rested him up but he'll be okay for the weekend. We've got two suspensions which are as bad as injuries. Apart from that we are okay.”

A Reds XI played against a Preston XI midweek, allowing players recovering from injury - such as Bobby Hassell - as Danny goes on to mention, much-needed game-time.

“He'll be available for selection,” said Wilson. “He played against Preston midweek and came through okay. 

“We're just trying to get game time and thankfully the 3G pitch has been a help to us to get game time.”

Whilst Jacob Mellis sits out this Saturday for the first of a three-match suspension, Emmanuel Frimpong misses just the one, as Danny commented, “We have to temper his game a little bit. The fact he wants to win every ball isn't a bad thing. The one thing we don't want to do is dampen his enthusiasm. We'll talk to him. 

“He has got that winning part of tackles in his makeup but sometimes you have to be in a little bit more control.

“This is not about the eleven that start the game it's about the squad that takes us into the remainder of the season. There will be situations we might have change the team for whatever reason but they will all be up for selection. 

“Paddy McCourt is very much part of the squad. He has undoubted ability - possibly the most technically gifted. At times we are having to grind games out. There will come a time where Paddy can unlock a door for us but sadly the last few games haven't been that type of game. Paddy understands that situation, totally.”

Saturday’s opponents Ipswich, guided by Barnsley-born Mick McCarthy, sit seventh in the Championship table.

“They're very strong,” said Danny. They’re a good side and very disciplined – very much in the mould of Mick. We can go through quite a few of their players who can unlock doors. But we are at home and we are creating chances at home.

“We know that we’ll have to keep our back door shut and if we won 1-0 I'd take that now.

"We'd have to be on our guard against Ipswich as a team in general, not just focussing on one individual. 

“We'll prepare ourselves correctly but we have to make sure that we are a threat ourselves.

"We can help ourselves this weekend and we control our own destiny. We are creating and we are capable and have the ability in wide areas and key areas to put the ball in there.”

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