Date: 12th February 2019 at 5:02pm
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Once again some of the changes are enforced, as in the case of long term injury victim Freddie Sears but others relate more to that the hunger and desire to succeed that manager Paul Lambert has alluded to. He is monitoring the rapid progress of some of his young guns but knows that this is probably not the time.

Bartosz Bialkowski will retain his place in goal but James Collins hamstring is still hampering him, and he will not be included at Portman Road tomorrow night when the Blues take on Frank Lampard’s Derby County.

Captain Luke Chambers is also struggling again but the manager is hopeful that he can pull through in time. Otherwise, we can expect to see Aristote Nsiala in the centre of defence and there is the prospect too of seeing Jonas Knudsen in a wing-back role again.

Paul Lambert remains upbeat about his players and their chances of avoiding the drop – although it must be said that privately he is clever enough to know otherwise, and if the Blues did somehow achieve the impossible and accrued more points than imaginable in the last fifteen games of the campaign, then Lambert would outdo anything that has gone before, and make former boss Mick McCarthy’s rescue mission seem more like a game of trivial pursuit!

James Bree is likely to continue as the other wing-back – although Callum Elder is apparently close to a recall. The manager pointed out in his pre-match press conference today that he sees the future of Ipswich Town football club in its youth and he wants to see an end to the loan merry go round. He conceded that there is a need out of necessity to hire some loan players but not to be overloaded with them, and whatever league Town finds themselves itself next term, he is determined to give youth its chance.

As for tomorrow night, Will Keane should start up front and Ellis Harrison may be included in the team as an attacking central midfielder. Teddy Bishop could get the nod ahead of Jon Nolan in midfield, and there should be a place too for Cole Scuse and Alan Judge in the team.

On bench warming duties again will be goalkeeper Dean Gerken, and he might be accompanied by Flynn Downes, Trevoh Chalobah, Collin Quaner, Kayden Jackson, Myles Kenlock and perhaps too Josh Emmanual.

It will be a bumper crowd thanks to massive reductions at the turnstiles and one thing is for sure, win lose or draw, the North Stand’s Blue and White Army will be giving it their all as usual!

F.W.                            –        editor of Vital Ipswich


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