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Garry Monk says Blues won't underestimate the task on Saturday

Garry Monk outlining tactics during a stadium training session
Garry Monk outlining tactics during a stadium training session

We need to be ready whatever scenarios – offensively, defensively – and make sure we are ready to deal with both and put our emphasis on it.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk is keen that Blues reward the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium crowd with a victory.

But that won't happen if Blues underestimate visitors Ipswich Town, who have yet to win this season and are 23rd in the Championship.

Ipswich have also lost striker Jon Walters for six months due to an Achilles tendon injury.

But Monk is mindful that Blues were in exactly the same situation as Ipswich heading into the Leeds United game - albeit the levels of performance had been, overall, excellent.

And QPR came and shut down Blues in a 0-0 draw at the beginning of the month, their first trip on the road after a 7-1 bashing by West Bromwich Albion.

Asked if Ipswich would provide a different kind of challenge to that faced by Blues at Elland Road and at Sheffield United, Monk replied: “Possibly. We won’t know really until the game gets going how they will approach it.

“Our record at home, coming off the back of a win . . . we have set up for different scenarios to try and do it in the way we need to do it.

“Our challenge is to get our fans a win at home. We feel that is overdue. We have done more than enough to give those home wins to the fans, but the facts are we haven’t delivered that.

“Our motivation is to try and give our fans that win, it is important to us.

“The message to the players is let’s not underestimate anything. We have been in Ipswich’s position of not winning, and that was only one game ago.

“We know they will come here and try and fight for that win. It will be a difficult game, but we have to overcome all that.

“We need to be ready whatever scenarios – offensively, defensively – and make sure we are ready to deal with both and put our emphasis on it.

“We have to be at 100 per cent. We are not a team that can be at 70 per cent. We have got most of that right this season, in terms of our commitment to it.

“It will be difficult. They might try to come and frustrate. We need our fans to understand that as well. A bit like QPR did. We might need that patience from the fans, but with that noise. But we also need to overcome that with our performance.”

Gary Gardner came off at Leeds United after taking a whack to the leg. He is back in training as is his brother, Craig. Both are set to be in the squad on Saturday.

Blues are unbeaten at home, having drawn four times.

 

 

 

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