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PREVIEW: DERBY V TOWN

13 September 2016

Brett Pitman hopes to right the wrongs of Friday night as Town travel to the iPro

Brett Pitman is looking to banish any negatives and only take the positives from Friday's defeat at Reading as Town return to action.

The Blues travel to the iPro Stadium to take on Derby this evening, and Town's number 11 wants build on a promising second-half performance at the Madejski Stadium.

"To lose any game is tough but to lose it in the manner we did was even harder to take because I thought we deserved at least a point on out second half performance," he told Ipswich Player HD.

"We were frustrated to come out of the game with no points but we can take positives out of how we performed, how we pressed and how we got about Reading.

"We need to take the positives on, not just into the Derby game but beyond that, and hopefully we can start picking up some points.

"They've made a few changes, made a few signings and obviously spent some money but they haven't been picking up the results they would have been looking for at the start of the season so hopefully we can continue their run and beat them tonight.

"We try and win every game. The gaffer has never said to us to go out and draw the game, so tonight is as important as Friday was, and as Saturday will be."


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Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy has no fresh injury worries to contend with for the trip to the Midlands, with everybody coming through Friday's defeat at Reading unscathed. David McGoldrick [ankle] remains out but is making good progress, as is Jonny Williams [ankle] who is ahead of schedule in terms of returning to action, but is still a number of weeks off pulling a Town shirt on again.


Derby

Johnny Russell will miss the visit of Town as the Scottish international misses out with a calf injury. New signing, Ikechi Anya and Irish defender, Richard Keogh will be assessed before the game but are serious doubts due to injuries sustained in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle. Andreas Weimann [knee] and Abdoul Camara [hamstring] have returned to training, but still remain doubtful but George Thorne [leg] remains out.

Where They Stand

Town - 15th
Derby - 19th

Last Time They Met

The 2015/16 season was brought to a close with a Town victory at the iPro in May. David McGoldrick scored from the penalty spot in the first-half after Teddy Bishop had been hacked down by Richard Keogh to ensure the Blues would claim victory, and three points which secured a final finish of 7th place.


Key Players

Bartosz Bialkowski

The 'keeper has begun the 2016/17 season just like he finished the last campaign with a series of impressive performances. He was unfortunate to concede twice from the spot in Friday's defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, and will be looking to earn his third clean sheet of the season in the Midlands this evening.

Matej Vydra

The Czech forward was a addition to Nigel Pearson's side that came late in the transfer window as he joined on a permanent deal from Watford. Having spent last season on loan at Reading, Vydra may have a point to prove again having scored just three times in 31 Championship games, but with the Rams having scored just once so far this season, a big return will be needed from their new striker.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 10/3
Draw: 5/2
Derby: 5/6

Match Officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Peter Kirkup & Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington


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