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DERBY PREVIEW

1 October 2013

No extra-spice for Nottingham man Didzy but insists that Derby can expect to come across

David McGoldrick has told the Club website that Town will be travelling to Pride Park in confident mood, ahead of tonight’s clash with Derby.

The Rams, who dismissed manager Nigel Clough after the weekend defeat to David’s former club, Nottingham Forest, will come up against a Town side aiming to secure another three points.  

Despite being a former Forest man, Didzy insists there is no extra spice on the fixture for him and is only focused on helping the Blues.

“I’m a Nottingham-boy and Forest is my team, so I know all about the rivalry between them and Derby.

“But I’m an Ipswich Town player now and very much focused on doing my best for this Club. For me, it will just be another game and we want another three points.

“We’re a very confident group and I thought we performed well against Brighton. We took our chances and we want to back that win up with another strong performance against Derby.”

Team news

Tyrone Mings is set to be the only absentee for Town, with the defender continuing his rehabilitation from the knee ligament injury he picked up on the opening day of the season. Jack Marriott will be hoping to keep his place on the substitute’s bench, after replacing Paul Taylor following his loan switch to former club Peterborough United.

The Rams will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat to arch-rivals Nottingham Forest but they will be without manager Nigel Clough, who was dismissed following the defeat at the City Ground. Darren Wassall will be in temporary charge, whilst Steve McClaren, who has agreed to take over at Pride Park, will be watching on from the stands. Changes will be made by Wassall, with defender Richard Keogh ruled out through suspension, although new loan signing Zak Whitbread could replace the former Coventry skipper. Jeff Hendrick and Adam Legzdins are both ruled out with ankle injuries, whilst James Bailey and defenders Mark O’Brien and Shaun Barker all miss out with knee injuries.

Where they finished last season

Derby- 10th
Town- 14th

Where they currently stand

Derby- 14th
Town- 9th

Story of last season

The Blues claimed a massive three points the last time we visited Pride Park, in a game that had it all. The Rams dominated for large periods of the game and striker Jamie Ward saw a first-half penalty saved by Scott Loach. Nigel Clough’s side hit the woodwork and had a goal disallowed, before skipper Carlos Edwards rifled a shot into the far corner to win it for Town in the final minute.

Match Officials

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Wayne Porter & Anthony Tankard
Fourth Official: Guy Stretton

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player from 7.45pm. You can also stay at the heart of the action by following the Club’s official social media channels, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for live match updates from Pride Park. 


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