Date: 21st April 2017 at 5:28pm
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Town travel To Yorkshire to face a Rotherham United side that is already in the league below and we can thank our lucky stars that we are not joining them there!

A few weeks ago this seemed a very real possibility and although we courted relegation fears for a few weeks we were always a good way from serious trouble.

So then, now that we are mathematically safe, manager Mick McCarthy has decided to make a few changes for tomorrow afternoon in Yorkshire and it will be interesting to see who he actually selects?

I think he will start with Teddy Bishop in midfield and I expect him to also include Reading loanee Dominic Samuel who may well play up front alongside Brett Pitman, who is also very eager for more game time these days.

I am of the view that McCarthy won’t make wholesale changes because he would like to see this good run continue and it is unlikely that he will include any of the young guns either – although don’t be too surprised if one or too like Dozzell and Morris, find themselves on bench warming duties.

One thing McCarthy does not want is a thumping from a team that is no longer plying their trade in this division and the risk is that if you blood too many inexperienced players, this could happen.

I think Kevin Bru will probably get a start too and there may be a place for untried winger Danny Rowe who is street-wise enough to cope with this standard of football I believe.

It seems certain that Rowe will start if top goalscorer Tom Lawrence fails a fitness test and even if Lawrence is fit, he may at best, find a place on the bench for him.

Afterall, he is not our player and if he was seriously injured in a game of such little significance then I am quite sure that Leicester City would not thank Mick McCarthy for his decision-making processes!

Who else can we expect to see tomorrow? In defence, I think that Tommy Smith will get the full 90 minutes and perhaps too Jonny Williams – if of course he can survive that is?

Dean Gerken may well start in goal although if he is not fully fit expect Michael Crowe to take the gloves.

The match itself is a dead-rubber and means very little to supporters and indeed management alike.

It is however a test of our future strength in depth and for that reason this experiment can have its benefits in the longer term – if only to ascertain who wants that Ipswich shirt badly enough?


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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