Town v Doncaster – Preview
Town return to action tomorrow after the international break against Doncaster Rovers. The match will be a clash of two teams who have started the campaign unbeaten and a win for Town could see a return to the top of the table.
Town boss Paul Lambert is expecting a tough afternoon against the Yorkshire club, who are now managed by Darren Moore, someone who Lambert thinks highly off: “I think every game’s tough. I like [manager] Darren [Moore], I’ve got a lot of time for Darren, the job he did at West Brom and I think he was harshly treated up there.
“He’s gone to Doncaster and has done well, they’ve made a good start so it’ll be a tough game but I think for them it’s also a tough game.”
Town do not have a great record when playing after an international break, with Town not winning since September 2014, against Millwall, since then 18 games have passed with 8 draws and 10 defeats.
Lambert was asked if the break could have a positive impact on the squad: “Nobody knows until that ball’s kicked on Saturday. But we’ll be ready for the game, the atmosphere’s going to be great again and we have to try and make the running. It’ll be a difficult game but we’re playing well.”
When asked if he may shuffle his pack ahead of a busy period, Lambert replied: “We’ll have to wait and see what happens on Saturday and then Tuesday and then Saturday.
“We’ll wait and see, but it doesn’t matter who I play, I expect people to perform the same as the guys who have been playing. And to be fair, everyone of them have gone in there have done that.”
Tomas Holy will continue in goal for Town tomorrow with the likely back four of (from left to right) Myle Kenlock, Luke Chambers, Luke Woolfenden and Kane Vincent-Young.
In midfield Cole Skuse and Flynn Downes look set continue their partnership in the centre of midfield. Lambert could have half an eye on the busy Saturday Tuesday Saturday feature and bring in one of Jon Nolan, Emyr Huws or Andre Dozzell, but with Doncaster providing potentially the sternest test for his side it would be a huge suprise to see if Skuse and Downes aren’t in the team tomorrow.
A late decision will be made on the involvement of Alan Judge and Anthony Georgiou after representing Ireland and Cyprus during the international break, perhaps the Irish and Cypriot international may have to settle for a place on the bench with the view to MK Dons on Tuesday night.
The possibility of Judge dropping to the bench could open the door for Gwion Edwards to start with Danny Rowe set to start on the opposite wing. Another option could be Idris El Mizouni with Lambert praising his and Armando Dobra’s performances in cup competitions, however a league start for either looks likely further down the line. Luke Garbutt has been back in training this week and his involvement, if any, is likely to be from the bench.
Up front the deadly duo of James Norwood and Kayden Jackson will start. The pair scored nine goals in August and will be looking to start September off with a bang. Will Keane will not be involved yet as Lambert doesn’t want to rush the former Manchester United forward which may mean Jordan Roberts earn a recall to the squad after his two goals against Spurs.
Doncaster boss Darren Moore is in slightly unfamilar territory with his side facing an away fixture having played four of their opening five Sky Bet League One matches at the Keepmoat Stadium (Bolton and Bury games postponed).
“Since I’ve arrived, we’ve only had a couple of away games, the cup match and one league game at Rochdale so this will be a bit different getting on the road but we’re looking forward to it,” he said.
“We’ve got some good opposition to look forward to on Saturday, they’ve had a great start to the season, they’re a team in the ascendancy, they’ve got a lot of good players and they’ve just come down from the championship so they’re strong.
“It’s a wonderful arena at Portman Road so I look forward to getting down there with the team.”
Nevertheless, Moore is expecting a tough game tomorrow afternoon: “It’s a tough game on Saturday. Both clubs have had solid starts to the season,” he said.
“Everyone has them down as favourites to return to the Championship because of their resources and players. It will be a tough test for us, but these are the games we should look forward to. We want to play these teams and go in to battle with them.
“I look forward to seeing Paul Lambert on Saturday, he’s a fantastic bloke. Ipswich have got aspirations of making an immediate return to the Championship and Paul has vast experience, a wonderful career, and it doesn’t surprise me where the club is and how the team is operating.”
Historically, Town have had the better of Rovers, winning eight games between the teams (seven in the league), drawing four (four) and losing four (three).
Saturday’s referee is Ollie Yates from Staffordshire, who has shown 13 yellow cards and one red in five games so far this season. Yates will be refereeing his first Town game.
Town fans paying on the day for Saturday’s game against Doncaster are reminded they will need to purchase tickets at the new look Matchday Ticket Office on Constantine Road. No tickets will be available on the turnstiles for League One games this season.
The Matchday Ticket Office will be open from 9am on Saturday matchdays and from 6.15pm for midweek evening matches and will deal with ticket sales, enquiries, upgrades and lost or forgotten season tickets for home supporters only.
Planet Blue will continue to sell tickets midweek and until 6.15pm for an evening match but NOT on a Saturday matchday.