Date: 13th September 2016 at 7:03pm
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It will be interesting to see if Mick Mccarthy has learned anything at all from that defeat to Reading when Town take on Derby County tonight at the iPro stadium.

The Rams are struggling themselves so perhaps there is no better to be playing Ipswich Town, who have been far from convincing on their travels so far.

Interestingly the last three meetings between these two sides has finished 1-0 to the blues, with David McGoldrick scoring Ipswich’s winner last season if you recall.

We cannot rely on him to do the business this time however as he is still out injured; along of course with Luke Hyam and Jonny Williams, who could make his fourth debut as a Town player in early October, if he continues to make rapid progress from injury.

I have a feeling that manager Mick Mccarthy will reshuffle his pack for tonights match and I think Conor Grant may come into the midfield at the expense of perhaps of Kevin Bru?

I certainly think that if we are serious about making up for lost ground then we should really be looking for a win this evening and to do this we need more attacking options.

Mick Mccarthy will have to go against his instincts and listen a bit more to his assistant Terry Connor. Being a former striker he must see the pitfalls of obsessing about defending, when sometimes the best form of defence is attack!

I hope too that if we are struggling he will consider bringing on Leon Best AND NOT Luke Varney because only this way will we stand any chance of getting something from the game if our backs are to the wall – which we all hope will not happen.

Derby are low on confidence right now and The Rams are the first second-tier side since Rotherham United way back in 2003-04 to score only once in their opening six games.

Let that be a warning to us! The natives are getting restless so it is vitally important that WE score the first goal and then all hell will let loose on Nigel Pearson and his team!

Derby have injury problems too and Johnny Russell has been ruled out of the game, having picked up a calf strain against Newcastle.

Ikechi Anya is a doubt having limped off in the same game that ended in defeat for The Rams and centre-half Richard Keogh is also a concern with an ankle problem.

I think it is unlikely that we will win away in Derby again so I am going for a 2-2 score draw this evening and I just hope that Freddie Sears gets at least one of them!

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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