Danny Higginbotham is relishing the prospect of facing his old club Derby tomorrow evening, and is hoping it won’t be the last time he pulls on a Town shirt.
The Stoke loanee’s stay at Portman Road is up after the game against the Rams but the defender has confirmed he would like to stay with the Blues.
“I’ve enjoyed my month here and I don’t want to walk out on something that I believe can and will change,” Danny told the Club website.
“I want to help the Club get out of this position and whether I’ve been here four or 14 games, I feel partly responsible for the position we are in and I want to help us get out of it. So if something could be done to keep me here, then it’s something I would certainly be open to.”
Looking ahead to the game, Danny realises how important it is for Town to bounce back from the weekend defeat to Hull, but expects a tough game against his former employers.
“I had a great time at Derby and it’s a lovely club,” added Danny.
“It’s similar in many ways to Ipswich. Both clubs have a good fanbase, great facilities and, of course, a great history. Both clubs, on paper, should be higher than they are.
“I know the club well and I also know the manager Nigel Clough, who I rate really highly as he wants to plays football in the right way. It will be a tough game but I think they all are in the Championship.”
Town boss Paul Jewell could name an unchanged side, despite the injury time defeat to Hull at the weekend. Long term absentee Paul Taylor is again sidelined for the visit of the Rams with a cracked bone in his foot, whilst Elliott Hewitt is unlikely to be included after recovering from tonsillitis. Massimo Luongo, who is on loan from Tottenham, may come back into contention for a place in the squad though, after missing out on the trip to Hull. Danny Higginbotham’s loan at Portman Road comes to an end after the completion of tonight’s game with Nigel Clough’s side.
Derby will be hoping to have striker Jamie Ward and ‘keeper Frank Fielding back in action for the game against Town, after both missed out at the weekend through hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Conor Doyle is definitely ruled out, after undergoing foot surgery last week, whilst Shaun Barker is out for the entire campaign after injuring his knee last season.
Where they currently stand
Where they finished last season
One to watch
Craig Bryson. The midfielder has been something of a mainstay in the Rams midfield since Nigel Clough brought him to Pride Park from Kilmarnock in 2011. The 25-year old is a tireless worker in the middle of the park and can also chip in with the odd important goal, as proven last month when he netted the winner against local rivals Nottingham Forest to earn Derby a 1-0 away win.
Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistants: Robert Whitton and Danny Markham
Fourth Official: Gavin Muge