Norwich City boss Alex Neil aims to keep Ipswich guessing
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Alex Neil aims to keep Ipswich guessing before unleashing his Norwich City line up on their East Anglian rivals in Saturday's Championship play-off semi-final, second leg return.
Wes Hoolahan was held back until a late cameo in last weekend's 1-1 Portman Road first leg but the Irishman's guile could be a key factor in unlocking the Blues on home soil.
Neil confirmed at Colney on Friday lunchtime Hoolahan is firmly in his plans and the City boss has no fresh injury concerns with only the suspended Lewis Grabban ruled out. Neil also revealed he will draft in one of the Murphy twins to his matchday squad after their return from recent loan spells.
Josh scored a hat-trick in Monday's development league 4-4 draw at Liverpool's Under-21s and brother Jacob was part of a great escape at League One Colchester.
'Yes, they are in my thoughts. I have included one of them in the squad so you will have to wait and see,' said Neil. 'Wes is always pushing for a start, as are the other players. It is just about me making sure I have the balance of the team right, and we know how we are going to go about breaking Ipswich down with the right combinations all over the pitch. If Wes is part of that you will see at game-time.
'I am quite happy with using plenty of offensive players in my team, but I have opted for a different tack in certain games and it has worked most of the time. It is horses for courses. We played Watford and I went Cameron Jerome and Lewis up top. It is what I think is best for the match.
'You want a full squad to choose from. Unfortunately Lewis is suspended. He is training regularly with the boys, he is part of the pre-match build up still and we had a practice game the other day to get him some minutes under his belt in the case we get to the final. That keeps his eye in and he is available if we get there.'
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