Haynes handed first start
DANNY Haynes will make his full debut for Ipswich Town at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.The 17-year-old Blues striker scored his first-ever league goal last Saturday when he made his home debut as a substitute and snatched a last-gasp equaliser against QPR.
By Derek Davis
DANNY Haynes will make his full debut for Ipswich Town at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.
The 17-year-old Blues striker scored his first-ever league goal last Saturday when he made his home debut as a substitute and snatched a last-gasp equaliser against QPR.
Now the Londoner is set to make his first start in the county where he made his first senior appearance as he lines up alongside Nicky Forster at Hillsborough.
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Although Dean Bowditch has recovered from an Achilles injury, Haynes has impressed enough to warrant his full outing.
The Blues won't have Dean McDonald back until after Hartlepool's game with Walsall at the weekend, when the one-month loan deal expires. It will not be extended.
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Adam Proudlock is unavailable for the return to his old club as part of the loan agreement with the Owls and, anyway, he is struggling with a knee injury.
Billy Clarke, who made his full senior debut against QPR, is out for up to six weeks with a dislocated elbow, which needed an operation to reset, after falling heavily in the reserves' outing against Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Although the team won't be confirmed until after training tomorrow, Haynes is almost certain to start and Blues coach Willie Donachie is confident he has the attributes to shine in Sheffield.
Donachie said: “Danny has pace and strength. He is willing to learn and picks up things very quickly. He has a good attitude and is a good lad.
“It is a shame for Billy Clarke but he is young so, hopefully, he will be back soon. That is the danger putting in a 17-year-old against grown men 10 years his senior.”
Town are reluctant to push Richard Naylor up as a stand-in centre-forward, preferring to use him as a centre-half.
Donachie said: “We don't want him to get injured or get mixed up in the head about what he is meant to be doing.
“We see him as a central defender and only throw him up front in an emergency.”
Donachie returns to Hillsborough where he was assistant manager with Terry Yorath before Joe Royle brought him with him to Portman Road.
He said: “It is a great cub, a very traditional club with great support and I really enjoyed it there and was sad to leave Sheffield. They looked after me well and were good people. But when Joe came here I wanted to join him and take on the challenge that I'm enjoying.”
The Scot has a lot of time for fellow-countryman Paul Sturrock, who has recovered from a virus that hospitalised him for the night after being taken ill during the defeat at Hull City on Saturday.
He said: “I know Paul from watching him as a player and manger
“They try to play the right way and, like everyone, he needs time and maybe a couple of players. But then that is the same for everyone. We are all looking at players from the lower divisions but the money teams are asking is ridiculous.”
Wednesday have failed in bids for Nathan Tyson and Lee Trundle among others and The Owls have recently been linked with Sheffield United striker Paul Shaw and Southampton duo Kenwyne Jones and Leon Best.
Even though Wednesday are third from bottom, Donachie is confident The Owls are on the right track and feels they need to carry on being patient with Sturrock.
He added: “It is going to take them a long time to get back into the Premier League but it can be done in time. If they keep stability, and give the manager time, I'm sure they can carry on in the right direction.
“Teams tend to mirror their manager and they are a honest, hard working and passionate team, which we will have to match.”
Defensive midfielder Kevin Horlock misses out with a knee injury, but Owen Garvan and Ian Westlake are both in with a chance of playing after recovering from their ankle injuries.
Blues skipper Jim Magilton, who also used to be with The Owls, will make his 300th appearance for Town tomorrow, if he plays.