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25 March 2014

Woody hoping to stake a claim as Blues prepare for another crunch game this evening

Anthony Wordsworth says Town will be going into tonight’s game against Derby County in high spirits after winning away to Brighton on Saturday. 

Second-half strikes from Tommy Smith and Daryl Murphy ensured the Blues took all three points from the Amex Stadium and sets Mick McCarthy’s side up nicely for another huge game this evening.

“It was a big result against a good team,” Woody told Ipswich Player.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game and we’ve got another one tonight against Derby, but off the back of the Brighton win we’ll be going into it full of confidence. 

“The midfielder started on Saturday for the first time this season in the League, after struggling with illness, and hopes he has warranted a place in the starting line-up for tonight’s clash.

“Competition for places is always healthy and the gaffer has said that my attitude’s been good and that I’ve been training well. 

“Hopefully I’ve given him something to think about going into tonight’s game, which is good and I’m sure he’ll be happy about that too.”

Team News
Cole Skuse has not recovered from the hip injury that kept him out of the weekend win over the Seagulls, whilst David McGoldrick is still a long-term absence with a knee ligament injury. New loan signing Alex Hensall could go straight into the squad, after checking in at Portman Road. The Man City youngster, who primarily plays as a left winger, signed on Monday after impressing on trial and will be here until the end of the season. 

Jamie Ward and Simon Dawkins will both be absent from the Rams squad tonight. Ward picked up a hamstring injury during the win over Nottingham Forest, whilst Dawkins has missed the last two games through a groin complaint. 
England Under-21 international Will Hughes is expected to be available for selection, despite recently picking up a groin injury. 

Where they finished last season
Town- 14th
Derby- 10th 
Where they currently stand
Town- 9th
Derby- 3rd 
Last time we met
It was a game of two halves at the iPro Stadium back in October, in a pulsating game in the East Midlands. Town went in at half time leading 4-1, after scoring three goals in the opening 14 minutes, courtesy of Christophe Berra, Daryl Murphy (who would later add to his tally) and Aaron Cresswell. However Derby came out firing after half-time and fought back to earn a 4-4 draw, with Craig Bryson on hand to grab a late leveller for the Rams. 
One to watch
Midfielder Craig Bryson will be in a confident mood tonight after scoring a hat-trick in Derby’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The Scotland international is Derby’s joint top scorer, alongside Chris Martin, with 13 goals and also has seven assists to his name. He scored two goals in the reverse fixture against Town at the iPro Stadium earlier this campaign. 

Match officials
Referee- Frederick Graham 
Assistants- Mathew Buonassisi and Paul Harris 
Fourth Official- Nigel Lugg
Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live updates available through our official Twitter and Facebook pages. Tune into @Official_ITFC at 6.45pm for exclusive Town team news too. 

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