The photos from Merseyside on the state of play for Saturday seem horrendous but as far as Tranmere Rovers officials go, the game is still very much on. Tranmere vice-chairman Nicola Palios says that she expects Town’s match to go ahead as planned, and this is despite the current state of the Prenton Park pitch.
And so it must, because if the 1,000 travelling Tractor Boys (and girls) are not informed of a postponement before their long trip to Birkenhead in the morning then it would be totally unacceptable according to Town boss Paul Lambert. “What we don’t want is for us to go up there and for the Ipswich fans to travel on Saturday. (only for it to be called-off) It’s important the decision is made on Saturday morning. The Town squad left for Liverpool at around midday today and they are all focused on winning – regardless of the conditions underfoot.
There is every indication from Lambert that it will be a similar team to the one that walked out against both Accrington Stanley and Oxford United and if there is a change it could be upfront where Kayden Jackson is fit again and might just relegate Will Keane to the bench. This relative stability will please Radio Suffolk’s football analyst Mick Mills, who thinks that it is now time to keep a settled team.
Lambert is optimistic however that the Blues can get three points tomorrow, irrespective of how the pitch plays. In his weekly press conference, he was rather upbeat about the challenge that lies ahead. “If they say it’s on, it’s on and you have to go and play. If the pitch isn’t great then you just have to play. You can’t ever blame a pitch for the way it’s going to go, you have to play the conditions. We’ll see how they are this morning and how they feel but I know the team that will start. The pitch will play a good part of where we’re going to be and what it’s going to be like. If it is the way I think it’s going to be, after a minute that will cut up, that’s for sure!”
And on another front Ipswich Town’s under 23 side defeated Norwich City today 3-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon. Goals from striker Ben Morris, who has recovered from a long term injury, defender Levi Andoh and Tyreece Simpson were the scorers for the Blues.
F.W – editor of Vital Ipswich