For the first time this season Blues suffered back to back to defeats and the fans will be hoping Rowett’s men can muster a reaction tonight against Ipswich.
Conceding seven goals is bad enough, but when the games are about to come thick and fast, Blues will have to pick themselves up quickly or they can find themselves slide down the table even more. Now in 8th place, we have 12 points up for grabs before the turn of the year.
So what has to improve for tonight?
The obvious one, the back four. You’d imagine Jonathan Spector will return to his right back role, with Grounds, Morrison and Shotton keeping their places. Although Cogley has given a good account of himself covering Specs, I think the shape was stronger with the former West Ham man in there.
One player we have really missed is Maghoma. His darting runs down the flank and his skill to cut inside and take shots from outside the box will be welcomed straight away. Davis also returns, however I don’t think playing him on the right suits him, so a starting place for him in the middle is a must, considering he ripped Villa a new one on derby day! Kieftenbeld and Cotterill fill in the other two spots for me, as Stewart and Gleeson are likely to be out with injuries.
How many games without a goal will it take for Rowett to drop Donaldson? Jutkiewicz isn’t getting the service he got when he first joined us, but with Mags back in the team I think he can start scoring again. Che has to play behind him, mind.
The Tractor Boys have similar form (phew), but sit six points behind us in 17th. Winless in two, Mick McCarthy’s men were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Stevenage. However they have had good wins this season against strong opposition. That includes; a 4-2 win at home to Barnsley, a 1-0 victory at Derby and a 2-1 win away at Sheffield Wednesday. So they will be looking at this game as winable, considering the form we are in.
One’s to Watch
Two Ipswich players stand out for me, Grant Ward and Luke Varney, who’ve scored eight goals between them.
One stat that stands out though, is they have only scored FOUR away goals so far this season. Let’s hope the boys in blue don’t miss this opportunity of 3 points before the visit of high flying Brighton on Saturday.
I’m going with a comfortable 2-0 win, as I think Rowett’s men will indeed ‘bounce back’, we did beat them 3-0 last campaign after all…
A win tonight could send us up to fourth. A loss and we could be slipping down below the Vile to thirteenth. All the more reason to win this one then eh?! If only we still had Toral’s volleying ability (sigh).
Okay, let’s see that one again shall we.
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