‘Frank Lampard’s Derby County’, as we’ve now been branded, come off the back of two consecutive losses aiming to stop it becoming a 3rd against an Ipswich side that have still yet to win this season.
It’s a must win for the Rams but the Tractor Boys won’t give up easily. We’ve invited the lads at @ITFC_bible to give us their thoughts ahead of tonight’s game:
Hows your start to the season been?
“As expected it’s been a learning curve for the players. With 9 new signings, new manager, new training & fitness regime, for the most part Town fans weren’t expecting miracles to happen instantly.
It was always going to take time. A draw and a loss against newly promoted Blackburn and Rotherham were not the best results, but the on field displays were already much better than what we had become accustomed too under the previous manager.
The loss to Exeter in the League Cup was disappointing, but again, the 90mins saw some good football, but the penalties were dire. Last weekends draw vs Aston Villa was very good given they played over half the match with 10 men and continued to attack even with the man disadvantage.
Overall, what needs to improve is the finishing which will come in time. Playing with a lone striker in this system that Paul Hurst has set up means his wingers need to do a lot more, which in time I’m sure they will.
Current mood in one word: encouraging.”
Where do you think you’ll end up come May?
“I’ll keep this one short: 10th”
One Ipswich player that Derby fans should look out for?
“Gwion Edwards – he’s an absolute whizz on the wings.”
What do you think of Derby’s squad? Are we promotion material?
“Derby’s team has a lot of great attacking players, and as they have 2 players that last year were a key part of Ipswich’s squad, I can say that Tom Lawrence and Martyn Waghorn alone as top, top players. However with all this great fire power, there needs to be a solid defence.
I think if Frank Lampard can get that sorted out, there’s a good shot at making the play-offs again. However these things take time.
Unlike Ipswich who are accepting in mass change and a longer term project, I can’t see the Derby owners having as much patience. I honestly can’t see them keeping FL at the helm if they aren’t comfortably in the play-off positions at Christmas.”
“Town have a great away record against Derby, no losses in 10 I believe. I would say a draw is most likely again tonight, so I’m going 1-1.”