Jewell reveals his hand over selection for Hull game
IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has confirmed that he will be making once change to his side for tomorrow’s Championship game against Hull City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).
And that could mean a Football League full debut at the age of 27 for midfielder Andy Drury, who was signed for �150,000 from Blue square Premier Luton Town last month.
Jimmy Bullard has to sit out the visit of the Tigers as part of his loan deal from the club that was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.
Drury did well enough when introduced during the second half of Tuesday’s 6-0 thumping of Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, and it was significant that he was withdrawn at the interval of Wednesday’s Combination fixture against Colchester United.
Unless Mark Kennedy perhaps gets a move forward into a holding midfield role or Luke Hyam comes in to play beside acting skipper Grant Leadbitter and Colin Healy, Drury is a good bet to start the game.
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Hyam also impressed for the reserves – Drury scored one and made the other two first three goals – but the fact he played a full 90 minutes suggests he could start on the bench tomorrow.
On another day Drury’s first taste of league football would have been the story at Doncaster, but his arrival on the big stage was overshadowed by such a fantastic all-round Ipswich display.
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“I could not have wished for it any better than to come on with the score 4-0,” he said.
“I went out there and was able to enjoy myself.
“I’m getting there, but it takes time to settle in whatever new club a player might go to.
“With a few more games under my belt I’m confident I can do well and I had to be happy with how things went in the reserves against Colchester.
“Since the gaffer come in the team has been flying and long may it continue; to the end of the season hopefully and we’ll then see where that gets us.
“We’re certainly looking further up the table and the manager wants hard work from everyone.
“It’s nice to come into a team like that and there was no letting up on Tuesday. We’ll be looking for three more points tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s likely squads
Ipswich Town: Fulop, Edwards, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Martin, Leadbitter, Healy, Drury, Hyam, Wickham, Scotland, Priskin, Lee-Barrett, Peters, Civelli, O’Dea, Smith, O’Connor, Brown.
Hull City: Guzan, Rosenior, Gerrard, Dawson, Chester, Belaid, Koren, Evans, Stewart, McLean, Fryatt, Barmby, Devitt, Solano, Simpson, Harper, Cairney, Hobbs, Duke, Bradley.
Referee: Mr C Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Ipswich home league record against Hull City
P12 W7 D4 L1 F18 A7