Ipswich Town travel to bottom of the table Rochdale tomorrow knowing that they will have to repeat their much-needed win against Bristol Rovers on Good Friday to keep their top-six hopes on track.
Paul Cook made the decision to tweak the formation and some of the personnel in the starting line-up for the visit of Bristol Rovers, as he looked to throw caution to the wind to try and recover their form. The Tractor Boys looked more of an attacking threat in the 3-5-2 formation especially in the first 20 minutes, but overall it was another underwhelming display really
Anything less than a win would make it a major task for them to keep themselves amongst the sides chasing one of the final play-off positions. Given the amount of teams still in the mix, it will likely come down to which side manages to be the most consistent in the end-of-season run-in. Ipswich you feel have to beat the division’s bottom team to stay in the race.
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Cook’s sides hopes of securing another much-needed win will not have been helped by James Norwood having been forced off the field during the win against Bristol Rovers. It was confirmed by Cook speaking to the media after the win that the forward has suffered a thigh injury and although he wanted to carry on he was withdrawn as a precaution.
There was some more positive news with Keanan Bennetts and Oli Hawkins having played 45 minutes for Ipswich at Norwich City on Good Friday as they step up their injury recoveries. Whilst there was further positive news provided on Flynn Downes and Myles Kenlock, with Cook revealing that both players are now back on the grass.
On Downes’ timescale of recovery, Cook indicated that he is expected to return to action sooner than in the next few weeks. That suggests he could return to action in the next couple of matches.
Cook will have a real dilemma over how to get around the injury to Norwood, but he might be tempted to stick more with the 3-5-2 set up that he used in the win against Bristol Rovers.
Predicted Ipswich Town XI: Holy; Woolfenden, Nsiala, Chambers; Edwards, Bishop, Dozzell, Ward; Judge; Drinan, Jackson