IPSWICH Town boss Kieran McKenna is expecting “a battle” against Wanderers this weekend.

The Tractor Boys – who sit 10th in the League One table - enter the game in high spirits after last weekend’s 4-0 win at Gillingham.

McKenna - who took charge at Portman Road last month following Paul Cook’s departure – is pleased with his side’s preparations for their trip to the UniBol.

“We have had a really good training week and the players have worked hard,” he told the club’s website.

"There has been a focus on things both individually and tactically as a team, and things have gone well.

“It's good because we have a long journey ahead and a battle against Bolton. We want to put the things we've been working on into practice on the pitch, like we did at Gillingham.

"There has been a good number training as well. We have a few lads that haven't been involved so much recently, but are now getting up to speed and are itching to get on the pitch.

"The players are confident and looking forward to the game, and we have to make sure we use that energy in a positive way. We want personality on the ball and plenty of hunger and aggression off the ball."

Wanderers ran out 5-2 winners when the sides met at Portman Road earlier this season thanks to goals from Eoin Doyle, Josh Sheehan, George Johnston and a brace from Dapo Afolayan.

And Ipswich defender Matt Penney is looking to “right a few wrongs” against the Whites.

“We’ve had two great wins but there’s a saying in football that the most important game is your next one,” he added.

“We have to build on what we have achieved in the last two and look to win again at Bolton. It’s vital that we carry on picking up points to nudge us closer to the play-offs.

“I didn’t play against Bolton earlier in the season but put it this way, we’ve had better days than that one.

“Nobody likes losing so convincingly at home but I think we’re a different side now and we’ll be looking to right a few wrongs up there.

“If we can play as well as we did to beat both Wycombe and Gillingham I think we’ll have a great chance.”