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The Big Match Preview: Ipswich Town (H)

The Rams
vs.
The Tractor Boys

Pride Park Stadium

07/04/2012

15:00

The Rams are back on home soil to face Ipswich Town, managed by the much-maligned former Rams boss Paul Jewell.

Derby's slim hopes of achieving a play off place were ended with the 1-1 draw at Bristol City but the season could well be viewed as a success if positive results continue until the end of the season.

The Tractor Boys are in a similar mid-table position, just a point and a pace between Nigel Clough's side, who sit in 13th place with 56 points.

Vital Quotes:

Former Rams boss Paul Jewell has paid tribute to his former club in the run up to the game: It is a great football club, Derby, great people, great support - it is very similar to here.

'They have great facilities, it is all geared up for top-class football.

'They set off like a house on fire at the start of the season before hitting a bit of a barren spell. But they have come back of late.'

The Rams Team News:

Jamie Ward has resumed training but is unlikely to be risked after missing eight games with a thigh injury.

Fellow forward Callum Ball is also out with an ankle injury he picked up in the reserves.

Young strikers Mason Bennett and Kwame Thomas could feature on the bench in his absence.

Player to watch: Jake Buxton

'Bucko' is playing his best football since arriving at Derby and has earned cult hero status after his winner against Forest.

His defending has been outstanding in recent games, even if his distribution needs work.

With Shaun Barker out for next season, his form is a major positive.

The Tractor Boys Team News:

Paul Jewell has no injury worries ahead of the Pride Park clash.

Lee Bowyer, Jason Scotland, Ryan Stevenson and Ibrahima Sonko are all likely to see action after being on the bench in the 1-0 win over Barnsley.

Player to watch: Grant Leadbitter

Former Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter is out of contract in the summer and could be on his way out of Portman Road.

He has a great shot, can take set pieces, and is excellent in the tackle.

Match Facts & Stats

Derby County last 5:

Bristol City (a) 1-1

Crystal Palace (h) 3-2

Brighton & Hove Albion (a) 0-2

Doncaster Rovers (a) 2-1

Nottingham Forest (h) 1-0



Ipswich Town last 5:

Barnsley (h) 1-0

Middlesbrough (h) 1-1

Watford (a) 1-2

Burnley (h) 1-0

Peterborough United (h) 3-2

Next Fixtures:

Leeds United vs. Derby County, Mon 9th April, 15:00pm, The Championship


Writer:RobB
Date:Friday April 6 2012
Time: 4:35PM

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