Ipswich Town will be looking for a reaction to their first defeat of the season suffered at the weekend, with Paul Lambert’s side aiming to get back to winning ways against mid table Rotherham United at Portman Road on Wednesday.
Lambert’s side fell to their first defeat in League One this season, losing 2-0 at Accrington Stanley on Sunday, which saw the Tractor Boys lead at the top of the table cut to just a point following second placed Wycombe Wanderers win against Sunderland.
The Tractor Boys produced an uncharacteristically poor performance at Accrington, and Lambert will be keen for his side to show a strong reaction to losing their unbeaten record by getting back to their flowing best against Rotherham on Wednesday.
Ipswich had won four consecutive League One matches before Sunday’s defeat and Lambert’s side will be eager to get back to the sort of performances they have been putting in all season, but considering Rotherham showed their potential to cause problems for teams away from home, winning 2-1 at Blackpool in their last away game, it will not be straight forward task for the Tractor Boys.
Ipswich operated with a 3-4-1-2 against Accrington and although the Tractor Boys were not at their best during the opening 45 minutes on Sunday, Lambert is likely to stick with a similar shape on Wednesday for the clash against Rotherham at Portman Road, although he could potentially be tempted to switch to a back four.
Tomas Holy should once again start in goal for Ipswich, despite the keeper having a few nervous moments in the defeat at Accrington, having firmly established himself as the club’s number one this season and having helped the Tractor Boys concede just seven league goals so far this campaign.
Lambert will be able to recall James Wilson to his back-three with the 30-year-old having to miss the game at Accrington, after being sent off for two bookable offences in the Tractor Boys’ win at Fleetwood Town, with Toto Nsiala likely to drop out after struggling in his first appearance of the season on Sunday, while Luke Chambers and Luke Woolfenden should start once again alongside Wilson in defence.
Gwion Edwards will probably keep his place in the side at right wing-back, despite struggling defensively at times against Accrington having been left a little isolated at times, with Kane Vincent-Young still a doubt for the game after missing out on Sunday through injury, while Luke Garbutt will retain his place on the left-hand side after a string of impressive performances this term.
Lambert faces a few selection headaches in the centre of midfield, with Cole Skuse likely to keep his place in the side, but he could be paired once again with Andre Dozzell, in the absence of the injured Flynn Downes who remains a doubt after missing the trip to Accrington, although Dozzell was subbed off at half time for debutant Armando Dorba who was shown a straight red card in the second period.
Jon Nolan started in the number ten position on Sunday, before being moved back into midfield in the second half, and it will be interesting to see whether Lambert adopts the same shape with Nolan in the number ten, or if he pushes him back alongside Skuse.
Kayden Jackson should keep his place up front, and Lambert could once again pair him with Alan Judge with James Norwood a doubt for the game, although there is also the option of giving Anthony Georgiou his first league start for the club on Wednesday.