Marshall has a point to prove
ANDY Marshall will be looking to prove a couple of points when he lines up for Millwall against Ipswich tomorrow.Not only does he want to show Blues boss Joe Royle he was wrong to bring in Kelvin Davis to replace him, but he has yet to win over the Millwall supporters.
ANDY Marshall will be looking to prove a couple of points when he lines up for Millwall against Ipswich tomorrow, writes Derek Davis.
Not only does he want to show Blues boss Joe Royle he was wrong to bring in Kelvin Davis to replace him, but he has yet to win over the Millwall supporters.
The keeper, on loan to the Lions, was discarded by Town in the summer after an unsettled season last year, his mistakes compounded by his Norwich City connections.
After months kicking his heels, and barely even getting a reserve game, Marshall went on loan to Wolves. He conceded four goals as Dave Jones's club slumped out of the Carling Cup and chose not to accept a further loan spell, as he wanted a two-year deal.
With Tony Warner injured, Marshall will get the nod ahead of Willy Gueret who, while preferred by many Lions' supporters, is out of favour with the club as he is in a contract dispute.
Ipswich fans will be hoping Marshall produces the sort of form which left them so depressed last season in so many games but will also remember the stormer he had against former club Norwich, and expect he will do well against his mother club.
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Ideally Town would have been able to insert a clause in the loan agreement so he could not play but as the EADT revealed last month that was not possible.
Blues boss Joe Royle said last night: “It's something we preferably would have avoided, but they're paying a substantial amount of his wages and we couldn't really enforce anything with this deal.
“Andy's a good keeper, he's just had a bad time here. It just hasn't worked for him here, which sometimes happens, but I believe he's doing exceptionally well at Millwall.
“He'll be keen to do well here, to show people what he can do - myself included. Let's hope he doesn't come back to haunt us.”
Royle is also hoping Lady Luck will shine down on Ipswich, who are due a change of fortune.
He said: “We do actually need a break. We have played exceptionally well in the two games last week and come away with nothing. I can't even say, apart from a couple of individual errors, that we have defended badly.
“We defended well at Norwich and had few problems at all until we went down to 10 men.
“We could just with a break in front of both goals.”
Although Town have lost the past three games, they deserved their victory over Preston, who drew 3-3 at Sunderland on Wednesday night, leaving both clubs behind the Blues.
Royle said: “Preston are no mugs, they drew at Sunderland, won in their last home game and we beat them well. We could do with a repeat performance.
“Mind you, I would settle for our performance against Norwich every week but just with a bit of luck.”
Royle is impressed with Millwall, who will be without player/manager Dennis Wise, who has a gash in a knee.
Central defender Darren Ward is also a doubt with medial knee ligament damage, while speedster Paul Ifill is struggling with an ankle injury.
Royle does not expect the Lions' FA Cup replay at Tranmere on Tuesday to distract them and feels they are powerful play-off candidates.
He said: “At the beginning of the season I predicted Millwall to be up there. They have a blend of youth and strength. Daniele Dichio was a good signing for them so I'm not surprised they have done so well.”
Ipswich will be without John McGreal and Pablo Counago, while Chris Makin and Chris Bart-Williams are due to see specialists on hip and back injuries, respectively.
* Ipswich Town's televised game with West Bromwich Albion has been put back a day to Sunday, April 4, with a 4pm kick-off. The game was due to kick off at 5.35pm the day before but Sky asked it to be changed due to the FA Cup semi-finals and both clubs agreed.