Martyn Waghorn will face his former teammates tonight as Derby County look to get their season back on track. Home advantage this time around with Derby hoping to start as they finished the second half on Saturday. Tthe poor start and lucky or unfortunate goals were conceded putting the Rams on the back foot from the start.
Tonight is a whole new ball game, and Frank Lampard will be expecting his newly assembled squad to make the running in this encounter with Ipswich Town. History, however, is not on Lampard’s side. Ipswich was one of only five teams he faced as a player without scoring.
More menacing is the fact that Ipswich has won the corresponding game at Pride Park on the last 7 occasions. That is a league record run of away winning performances, matched only by Everton over Liverpool (1912-15), Sheffield United over Manchester City (1905-08) Plymouth over Wycombe (2012-16). Another loss tonight would see the Rams claim the dubious title outright.
Looking at the squad for tonight’s game and the Rams may be without Scott Malone, he suffered a hamstring problem during his Rams debut at Millwall on Saturday, whilst Ipswich has Tayo Edun suspended after being sent off on Saturday against Aston Villa for two bookable offences.
Referee for the game will be Scott Duncan. Mr Duncan refereed the corresponding match last season (Tue Nov 28th 2017) between the Rams and Ipswich Town. Derby lost that game 0-1 with 3 yellow cards being shown to each team. Duncan had been in charge of a Rams game earlier that season. Saturday 21st October saw Derby County beat Sheffield Wednesday by 2 goals to nil, Loovens being dismissed from the field for a bad tackle, there were a further 5 yellow cards during that game.
Duncans latest game in charge of a Championship side was the Carabao Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Bury. The game ended 1-1
In all last season Scott Duncan produced 113 yellow cards and 8 red cards. He will be assisted tonight by Adam Crysell and Philip Dermott. The Fourth official is David Webb (no, we don’t think it is the former Rams and Chelsea player)