Town's keeper crisis ahead of derby

ANDY Marshall has signed a two-week loan extension with Wolves and may be allowed to stay with them until the end of the season even though Ipswich Town are facing a mini-goalkeeping crisis.

ANDY Marshall has signed a two-week loan extension with Wolves and may be allowed to stay with them until the end of the season even though Ipswich Town are facing a mini-goalkeeping crisis, writes Derek Davis.

The former Norwich City stopper completed his month-long loan at Molineux last Saturday but the Midlanders were given special dispensation from the Premier League to keep him as their No. 2 until the transfer window opens in January.

Marshall and the two clubs will then hold further talks aimed at making his move more permanent, or at least until the end of the season.

Town still have a recall option but it is unlikely Marshall will be brought back unless it is a total emergency as the wages they are saving by not having him at Portman Road are helping to finance Alan Mahon's loan spell from Blackburn Rovers and enabled Town to keep Shekfi Kuqi and Chris Bart-Williams.

Young keeper Scott Peat could be catapulted from playing in the Ridgeons League to a place on the bench for Sunday's East Anglian derby.

The fourth-choice Ipswich Town stopper will be thrown into the red-hot cauldron at Portman Road if Blues boss Joe Royle fails to land a more experienced No. 2 this week following a freak training ground injury to back-up keeper Lewis Price.

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With Shane Supple, the 16-year-old youth-team keeper, also injured, the Blues are facing a mini goal-keeping crisis.

Peat, an 18-year-old Northgate Sixth Form student, is currently spending his playing time split between Town's Academy under-19s and Woodbridge Town in the Ridgeons League.

He has not even figured in a Town reserve game but Blues boss Joe Royle last night admitted Peat could be on the bench if his search for a back-up to Kelvin Davis fails.

Royle said: "Scott would ordinarily be behind Lewis and Shane but as both are injured he has an outside chance of making it but it would be a big step for him.

"Lewis could be out for between six to nine weeks and Shane picked up an injury last week. I have spoken with Malcolm Webster and Colin Suggett and we have identified someone we want to bring in, and something may happen this week.

"It would be pointless for Andy to come back as he has a good chance to further his career by staying with Wolves. Nothing has been finalised with Andy as yet as Wolves have to sort one or two things out their end."

Meanwhile, Norwich City are hoping to have a look at Matt Bloomfield. Canaries' reserve team spokesman Keith Webb said: "Hopefully Matt will return here when we have another game because we need to see him in a match situation." City's Reserve game against Southend this week has been postponed and their next game is not until January.

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