Forde: Ipswich will be different proposition under McCarthy

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DAVID Forde believes Millwall cannot afford to underestimate Ipswich Town now that former Lions boss Mick McCarthy is in charge at Portman Road.

Town have picked up 13 points from a possible 21 since McCarthy was installed as manager and are now five points clear of the relegation zone, having been rock-bottom at the start of November.

But the Lions have gone 13 games without defeat and are the form side in the division, and Forde is confident of extending that run on Saturday.

He said: "McCarthy has come in and got them organised and got them going. He is a fantastic manager and we know it's going to be a tough place to go, because Portman Road always is.

"We have just got to keep doing what we have been doing and think about ourselves. We can't get too carried away or worry about what anyone else does.

"Ipswich had a big win away from home (against Bolton) last week so that will give them massive confidence. That will give them a big lift going into the game."

Despite their recent revival under McCarthy, the threat of relegation still looms large over Ipswich and Forde believes the pressure will be on them to get the three points in front of their own fans.

He added: "We are going to set up and they are going to have to go for it – because they are the home side.

"But we are not going to change. We will keep doing what we've been doing recently because that is why we have been successful. Hopefully we can continue our good form."

Conor Sefton


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