Not so many Town changes tonight

ALTHOUGH Roy Keane will swap things around at Peterborough after the loss at West Brom it probably won't be as many as the ten changes he made at Shrewsbury for the first round.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

ALTHOUGH Roy Keane will swap things around at Peterborough after the loss at West Brom it probably won't be as many as the ten changes he made at Shrewsbury for the first round.

Skipper Gareth McAuley, Colin Healy and Damien Delaney who were all dropped on Saturday are expected to return along with Pablo Counago who is back from injury, while new keeper Arran Lee-Barrett could make his debut.


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Keane said: “There won't be as many changes as there was last time because then we had two games in three days and I gave a run out to the youngsters.

“This will also be a tougher game and one or two of our senior players need another 90 minutes under their belts.

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“Colin and Damien will be back involved and we will make our mind up after training.

“Pablo has trained well and he will certainly be involved. He has looked half decent in training and he is a goal threat so he is in my plans.

“We will see about Arran.”

Both sides have lost three and drawn one of their four league games so each need a confidence booster.

Keane said: “We have not won either so it should be a close contest.

“We are expecting a good game. It is something of a derby game for us with Norwich and Colchester not in our league

“They will be keen to get a win under their belt just like ourselves. That win can kick start our season and they will be looking at it with the same point of view as ourselves.

“They don't play until Monday night so I expect Darren will put out a strong team and we expect nothing less than a tough game.

“It is another game and another challenge and we would like a win. We enjoyed the last round with the young players even if we made hard work of it.”

The game matches up two former Manchester United midfielders, with Keane keeping Ferguson out of his dad's side before he decided to leave and is now being touted as a possible future Red Devils' boss.

Keane said: “I know Darren briefly from my time at Peterborough

“He has done brilliant. Two promotions is not too bad, it is unfair to compare anyone with his dad.

“Darren is doing a good job and he should be left alone to focus on what he is doing.

“There will be a lot of people interested in that job when it comes up.

“20 ex-players have been lined up for it over the past few years. Darren, like myself are just starting out and it is along road ahead.”

The referee tonight is Rob Shoebridge, the official who did not allow the goal by Freddie Sears for Crystal Palace against Bristol City and was rested from officiating duties last week.

Peterborough United: Lewis, McKeown, Martin, Morgan, Zakuani, Lee, Rowe, Pearce, Batt, Frecklington, Diagouraga, MacLean, Mackail-Smith, Torres, Green, Couts, Crook, Mills.

Ipswich Town: R Wright, Lee-Barratt, D Wright, Bruce, Delaney, Smith, McAuley, Balkestein, Colback, Healy, Garvan, Walters, Upson, Trotter, Martin, Wickham, Stead, Priskin, Counago.

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