Ipswich Town face yet another tough fixture in League One tonight as the Tractor Boys look ahead to a trip to promotion chasing Hull City off the back of a run of just one win in their last five league outings.
That run has seen the East Anglian outfit slip away from the play-off race and as a result has put the pressure firmly back on the shoulders of Paul Lambert, with fans even recently confronting both players and manager at the club’s training ground.
A victory on the road for Town this evening could see them leap up as high as eighth, whilst a defeat could put Lambert’s future at the helm in real jeopardy as he battles to turn things around at Portman Road.
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Here, we take a look at the decisions that the former Norwich City boss face tonight as he attempts to turn his current club’s fortunes around…
Should James Norwood start again?
The former Tranmere Rovers striker has so far failed to hit the heights that people know he is capable of this term but is still making an impact in some areas due to his physical presence.
He showed his scoring instincts were still intact recently however in the away defeat to Peterborough United earlier this month and his performances have gradually improved over time as he bids to re-find his best form in a blue and white shirt.
However he has not started two games in succession since the end of November, underlining his fitness issues which have plagued much of his campaign to date.
Therefore Lambert certainly has a decision to make over whether to stick or twist with the experienced frontman for tonight’s game.
Gwion Edwards thrown straight in?
The influential Welshman has arguably been Ipswich’s most consistent performer so far this term and as a result the Tractor Boys will be pleased to welcome back the 27-year-old for tonight’s game.
Previously sidelined for the last two games with a knock, the return of Edwards to the fold leaves Lambert with an important decision to make over whether to throw his star man straight in from the start or not.
Various formations have been used in recent months in order for the Town boss to get the best out of his charges but it is fair to say one that gets the best out of the Welsh attacker has been their most likely route to success thus far.
Throwing Edwards into the starting eleven surely has to be on the cards, with his quality in the final third likely to be key in a game in which Ipswich are unlikely to have much off the ball.