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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V DERBY

9 January 2015

Noel delighted to be back in Blue and is now looking to play his part as Town plot a promotion push over the second-half of the season


Noel Hunt has spoke of his delight at being back at Portman Road, after joining on a deal until the end of June after leaving Leeds.

The frontman spent time on loan with the Blues at the end of 2014, netting a dramatic winner against Charlton on his debut.

Now the Republic of Ireland striker is looking forward to continuing his Town career and hopes to be involved against Derby this weekend, in a second versus third clash at the top of the Championship table.

“I’m delighted to be back here and the boys were great with me when I walked back through the door on Thursday,” Noel told Ipswich Player.

“It happened really quickly because I only left Leeds the day before but once I knew there was a chance to come back to Ipswich, I spoke to my missus and my agent and we all agreed to go for it.

“I really enjoyed my month here and I’m just delighted to be back permanently now. Hopefully I can contribute from now until the end of the season and help the boys in any way I can.

“There’s a good feel about Ipswich Town right now. The spirit at the Club is excellent and the gaffer has been brilliant with me.

“I’m looking forward to starting again and hopefully I can be involved against Derby.”

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live text updates coming via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels will provide all the pre-match build-up and team news first.


Team news

Town boss Mick McCarthy will be without the services of Conor Sammon, with the forward unable to play against his parent-club under the terms of his season-long loan. Noel Hunt is available after returning to the Club from Leeds United and could make his second Town debut. The boss could also welcome back Jay Tabb, after the midfielder missed the FA Cup clash with Southampton through illness.

Steve McClaren could hand a Rams debut to former Blues striker Darren Bent, after the England international joined on loan from Aston Villa. Should Darren get on the pitch, it will be the first time he has returned to Portman Road to face Town since leaving for Charlton in 2005. Lee Grant, fresh from signing a new deal at the iPro Stadium, is set to be between the sticks for Derby.

Where they currently stand

Town- 2nd
Derby- 3rd

Last time we met


The Blues came from behind to claim a share of the spoils against Derby at the iPro Stadium earlier this season, just before the international break. The Rams took an early lead against Town through Chris Martin, but a second-half header from Christophe Berra ensured we returned to Suffolk with a point.   

Worn both badges


Paul Green. The midfielder, who now plys his trade with Rotherham United in the Championship, joined Town on loan from Leeds towards the back end of last season and played a key role as the Blues attempted to make the Play-Offs. The former Doncaster man netted twice for Town, against Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday. The midfielder also spent four years in the East Midlands with Derby, making well over 100 appearances and scoring 10 goals.

Betting


If you fancy a flutter on the game then make sure you place your bet through our official betting partner, Sky Bet. Town are priced at 6/4 to record a home win, with the Rams backed at 17/10 for an away victory. The draw can be found with odds of 12/5. Daryl Murphy is priced at 5/1 to score the first goal, whilst Derby striker Chris Martin is backed at 11/2 to net first.  

Match Officials

Referee: Kevin Wright
Assistants: Ryan Atkin & Mark Mellor
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell

Live commentary of the game will be available on Ipswich Player, with live text updates coming via the Ipswich Wall. Our social media channels will provide all the pre-match build-up and team news first.



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