MATCH PREVIEW: Ipswich Town’s Stephen Henderson aiming to chop down Forest

Stephen Henderson

Stephen Henderson - Credit: Archant

Forest v Ipswich: Stephen Henderson says Ipswich Town can dowse the Forest fire and secure an East Midlands double in Nottingham, tonight.

A touch of class from David McGoldrick was the difference against Leicester at the weekend, but just as important was the Blues’ ability to make life uncomfortable for Nigel Pearson’s team.

Henderson insisted Town didn’t fear the Foxes, who inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Town in November, and the on-loan stopper has urged his team-mates to raise the temperature at the City Ground against a Reds team that are rampaging towards the play-offs, following three successive wins.

“The one thing we didn’t want to do was fear Leicester and we ensured we got in their faces from the very first minute, restricting them to few good chances,” said Henderson.

“That’s what we have to do against Forest and hopefully the players will be as energetic as they were in the Leicester game.

“Defending starts with the strikers and everyone is putting a shift in. We tend to struggle when we sit back and allow teams to play their game.”

Town could be without Carlos Edwards (groin) for tonight’s clash, while McGoldrick will definitely miss out against his parent club as part of the terms of his loan deal.

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As for Forest, much of their best play is orchestrated former Spurs star Andy Reid who leads the assists chart at the City Ground and has also scored five league goals this campaign.

“He has been instrumental for them and he changed the game when he came on at Portman Road,” said Henderson.

“We are well aware what he will bring to the game.”