Luke looking for Town to build on Easter return and insists Blues head into Rams clash in confident mood
Luke Hyam insists Town will head into the weekend’s clash with Derby in confident mood, after a return of four points over the Easter Weekend.
The midfielder played the full 90 in both games and came close to grabbing a winner for Blue in the stalemate with Millwall last time out, seeing one effort cleared off the line and another superbly tipped away for a corner by Lions ‘keeper David Forde.
“We took four points out of six over Easter which is a good return, and I had a couple of close efforts against Millwall that I thought were both creeping in,” said the Academy graduate in an exclusive interview with Ipswich Player.
“Getting into the opposition’s box and becoming more of an attacking threat is something I have been working on with the gaffer and TC (Terry Connor) and hopefully a goal isn’t too far away.
“But the main thing for me is playing my part and trying to set up chances or my teammates. If I can do that and it helps us get the three points then that is the most important thing.
“I think Derby are quite similar to us, they’ve been on a good run of form and they will be solid and well organised.
“They are a decent team but I think they are there for the taking and we will be going there with the mentality of trying to win the game.”
Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson are both set to face late fitness checks ahead of the game. Ward sat out Derby’s win over Leeds on Easter Monday due to a tight hamstring, whilst midfielder Bryson was withdrawn after 34 minutes due to a persistent groin complaint. Elsewhere, Gareth Roberts remains doubtful with a thigh injury that has kept the left-back sidelined for the last three games, whilst defensive duo Mark O’Brien and Shaun Barker continue their rehabilitation from long-term knee injuries. John Brayford (hamstring) and Will Hughes (groin) both remain sidelined.
Mick McCarthy has confirmed that the weekend clash against the Rams will represent a final outing for David McGoldrick, with the striker’s loan stint at Portman Road coming to an end after the game. Jay Tabb has had his loan from Reading extended until the end of the season and is expected to be named in the squad. Anthony Wordsworth has recovered from his back injury, although Paul Taylor is a still a long term injury victim with the foot injury that has kept him out of action since September. The Town boss also revealed that Aaron Mclean and Reece Brown have been ill this week, but have both trained and are in contention for a place in the squad.
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Chris Martin. The striker arrived at Pride Park in January on loan from Norwich City and has struck up an impressive partnership with Republic of Ireland international Conor Sammon. Martin quickly endeared himself to the Rams faithful after heading home the winner in Derby’s recent win over East Midlands rivals Leicester City. The striker is a real predator in the box and likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistants: Wayne Barratt and Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official: Paul Hobday
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