Ipswich Town host Blackpool on Saturday, with Paul Lambert’s side looking to regain their place at the top of the League One table, having seen Wycombe Wanderers over take with a win last weekend.
So far Ipswich have played just one League One fixture in November, managing to pick up a second successive league win, beating Rochdale 1-0 in the first midweek of the month thanks to a solitary effort from Danny Rowe early on in the second period.
Paul Lambert’s side have since been concentrating on matters in the cup competitions, with the Tractor Boys facing League One rivals Lincoln City in the FA Cup first round, with the first meeting at Portman Road ending in a 1-1 draw to extend Ipswich’s winless run in the competition to 16 games.
The Tractor Boys have rested a host of their key players over the last few weeks, with last weekend’s game against Oxford United postponed due to international call ups, but the Lambert’s side were still at least able to finally end their wait for an FA Cup win, winning 1-0 at Lincoln in the replay on Wednesday night thanks to a late winner from Alan Judge.
Saturday’s game will be Ipswich’s first home fixture in the league since they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Rotherham United at the end of Ocotber, and Lambert’s side will be looking to respond to that by picking up all three points against Blackpool at Portman Road.
Heading into the fixture, we take a look at what some Ipswich players have been up to on social media of late…
Ipswich striker James Norwood has been in fine form so far this season, having registered seven league goals already this term for the Tractor Boys, whilst also forming a very effective partnership up front with his team-mate Kayden Jackson, with the pair scoring 14 goals between them so far.
The 29-year-old unsurprisingly started the Tractor Boys’ last League One game at Rochdale a few weeks ago, helping the Tractor Boys hold onto the ball in the final third to relive some pressure as the hosts looked to find a route back into the game in the last few minutes.
Following the game, Norwood took to Twitter to praise the Ipswich supporters who had made the long 500 mile round trip on a Tuesday evening, to watch the Tractor Boys secure a vital three points against Rochdale.
Not the prettiest of performances but all that matters is the 3 points !!! Taking 900+ , 5 hours away on a Tuesday night is unbelievable . Thanks for your support 🙌🏻👏🏼👏🏼
— James Norwood (@jnorwood_10) November 5, 2019
Promising Ipswich winger Jack Lankester heaped praise on his team-mate Brett McGavin, following the midfielder’s impressive performance on his first team debut for the Tractor Boys in the Leasing.com Trophy against League Two Colchester United.
Ipswich suffered a 1-0 defeat during the game at Colchester, but McGavin’s performance certainly caught the eye, and Lambert rewarded the 19-year-old with another start at Lincoln City in the FA Cup first round replay on Wednesday, which saw the midfielder produce an impressive performance once again for the Tractor Boys.
McGavin will be hopeful of getting more regular first team minutes over the hectic festive period, and having impressed Lambert against both Colchester and Lincoln the midfielder could find himself challenging for first team starts over the rest of the campaign, while Lankester will hopeful to follow in his team-mates footsteps over the next few months.
— Jack Lankester (@lankester_jack) November 13, 2019
Another promising Ipswich academy player who has been active on social media over the last few weeks has been striker Ben Folami, who featured for the Australia under23s in their three match tour of China during the international break.
Folami demonstrated his potential by getting on the score sheet against China’s u23s side in a comprehensive 5-1 win for Australia’s u23s – and having featured for Ipswich in their defeat against Colchester United in the Leasing.com Trophy in the last few weeks, he will be hoping his international form can convince Lambert to give him more first team minutes.
The 20-year-old faces strong competition from the likes of Jackson and Norwood, as well as Will Keane, but he has shown in fleeting glimpses the potential he has to contribute to the Tractor Boys’ first team, and he will be hoping his exploits during the international break have not gone unnoticed.
— Ben Folami (@Benfolami9) November 15, 2019