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Mata acknowledges Ipswich Town threat ahead of League Cup showdown

Ipswich Town travel to Manchester United tonight. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town will be hoping to cause an upset when they head to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup tonight (September 23).

Town will be backed by 4,800 travelling fans at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata says that Manchester United will have to be at their best. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says that the home side will have to be at their best if they are to progress to round four.

"On Wednesday we start in the Capital One Cup against Ipswich Town.

They are a historic team in English football and I'm sure it won't be an easy game for us."

– Juan Mata, Manchester United

Elsewhere, Norwich City host West Brom while MK Dons take on Southampton.


Ipswich Town duo McCarthy and Fraser up for monthly awards

Mick McCarthy is up for the Manager award. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy and summer signing Ryan Fraser have been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.

Town have made a flying start to the season and have taken 10 points from their opening five games to sit third in the league.

Much of that success has been down to the form of Fraser who's scored twice and set up three more since arriving from Bournemouth.

Ryan Fraser has been in superb form for Ipswich Town since his arrival from Bournemouth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

McCarthy is up against Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton, Hull City's Steve Bruce and QPR man Chris Ramsey while Fraser will have to see off competition from Brighton's Kazenga LuaLua, Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson and Burnley defender Michael Keane.

Matt Clarke signs new Ipswich Town deal

Matt Clarke extends his contract at Town until 2017 Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town's Matt Clarke has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2017, with the option of an additional 12 months.

The 18-year-old defender is currently on loan at Portsmouth until January and has made seven appearances for Pompey this season.

“I’m looking to improve as a player and playing games week in, week out is going to help me do that.

Playing for Portsmouth has been great for me but I see my future at Ipswich. My goal is to get to a standard where the gaffer feels he can put me in his team here.”

– Matt Clarke

Ipswich Town manager McCarthy happy with transfer business

Mick McCarthy is happy with his summer business. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says that the club won't be adding any new players ahead of this evening's transfer deadline.

Town are happy with their summer dealings after bringing in Australian winger Tommy Oar and Polish defender Piotr Malarczyk last week.

McCarthy did admit that he could let winger Alex Henshall leave the club though.

Alex Henshall could leave Portman Road. Credit: PA

“That’s it for us. We have a strong squad, certainly the strongest we’ve had since I’ve been at the club.

Alex (Henshall) is available for transfer. He is not going to get in front of the other lads here and it’s time he moved on. I’ve told him that.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


"It’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy."- Ipswich Town sign former Stoke City striker

Town have signed James Alabi on a one year contract Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town have signed former Stoke City striker James Alabi on a one-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old striker has been on trial at Portman Road for the past two weeks, scoring for the Under 21's in the wins over Leeds and Coventry.

Alabi spent two years at Stoke and had loan spells at League clubs Scunthorpe, Mansfield and Accrington Stanley in that time, before being released by the Premier League club in the summer.

“The trial has gone well. I just got my head down and showed the manager what I can do.

I was offered something at Sheffield Wednesday but I knew Ipswich were interested in having a look at me and I’m delighted to have got a contract sorted. Now it’s up to me to impress Mick McCarthy.”

– James Alabi

David McGoldrick sets his sights on the Premier League as he signs new Ipswich Town contract

The striker has extended his contract until 2018 Credit: PA

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2018.

The Republic of Ireland international has scored 22 goals in 60 league appearances since joining the club permanently in July 2013.

David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy have been selected for Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

McGoldrick joins Murphy and fellow frontman Freddie Sears in extending his stay at the Blues.

“There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and it’s great to be part of it. We have got a great set of players here and we are going in the right direction. The squad is the best I have known in my time here, with the options we have now. We have got real competition for places all over the pitch. The Premier League where we all want to be and that’s the aim for us this season.”

– David McGoldrick
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