Landmark day for Ipswich Town skipper Norris on Saturday
DAVID Norris will make his 100th Ipswich Town league appearance when he leads the side in their Championship game against Crystal Palace at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
The Stamford born 30-year-old scored one goal and made the other for Connor Wickham in last Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Burnley.
It is on the cards that he could be leaving the Blues in the summer when his contract is up.
The midfielder that Jim Magilton paid �2million for in January 2008 will be eligible to leave for nothing and pocket a percentage of what would have been his transfer fee.
In an ideal world Norris would like to stay and his recent performances have echoed this, and such is his character that he can be guaranteed to give 100% to the cause again tomorrow.
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Lee Martin will be completing a two-match suspension after pocketing 10 yellow cards, but other than the lively wide player, manager Paul Jewell looks like having a full squad to select from.
He is not expected to make too many changes – if any – in what is set to be Kieron Dyer’s last game before his loan deal with West Ham runs out.
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The 32-year-old might get a cameo role against a side that has picked up in recent weeks although still in need of points to keep ahead of the three likely relegated sides, Scunthorpe, Preston and Sheffield United.
Jewell will get more value with next season in mind in playing Josh Carson than bringing in Dyer with only effectively pride to play for in the remaining seven matches.
Town got their home form back on track in their previous game at Portman Road when Carlos Edwards and Jimmy Bullard scored spectacular goals in a welcome 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.
Previously to that they have suffered three straight defeats on Suffolk soil – a depressing run that was preceded by a 1-1 draw with Hull City.
The Ipswich hierarchy are thirsting for a good end to another mediocre season to bolster season ticket sales for 2011/12 and provide welcome income during the summer months.
Ipswich-raised Arran Lee-Barrett is set to continue in goal having played in the last two victories with another good performance or two likely to lead to the offer of a new contract.
Keeper Brian Murphy is now fit after recovering from a broken ankle, and could be in contention for a squad place with the likes of Luke Hyam and Shane O’Connor also hoping that their names will appear on the team sheet.
Tomorrow’s likely squads
Ipswich Town: Lee-Barrett, Edwards, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Carson, Leadbitter, Bullard, Norris, Wickham, Scotland, Fulop, O’Dea, Peters, Civelli, Healy, Drury, Dyer, Hyam, Murphy, O’Connor.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Gardner, McCarthy, Moxey, Clyne, Ambrose, Danns, Agustien, Dikgoci, Iversen, Vaughan, Zaha, Scannell, Easter, Price, Davis, Garvan, Dorman, Cadogan.
Referee: Mr G Salisbury (Lancashire)
Ipswich Town home league record against Crystal Palace
P37 W18 D9 L10 F68 A51