, Apr 7, 2012
Ground: Pride Park Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 24,156
As you were for Rams Derby have no new problems ahead of the visit of Ipswich and former manager Paul Jewell.
Jamie Ward has resumed training after missing eight matches with the thigh injury he sustained while on international duty with Northern Ireland but he is unlikely to be risked on Saturday.
Fellow forward Callum Ball has been out with an ankle problem recently and it remains to be seen whether he is ready to return.
Manager Nigel Clough could name an unchanged team for the third straight game following a home victory over Crystal Palace and a draw away at Bristol City.
Should he wish to make changes, his options are fairly limited as defenders Shaun Barker, John Brayford and Mark O'Brien and forward Conor Doyle are all long-term injury absentees.
Midfielders James Bailey and Tom Carroll and forward Nathan Tyson are alternatives, while teenager Kwame Thomas was named on the bench against Bristol City last weekend.
Ipswich manager Paul Jewell boasts a full-strength squad for the trip to his former club.
Town, like almost all of the second tier, have enjoyed a rare midweek without a fixture following a demanding March in which they lost just one of their nine games.
Jewell gave his players Monday off before returning to training for the rest of the week and has seen his side benefit, although he remains keen to rotate his ranks over the Easter programme to keep them fresh.
Ipswich host Leicester just 48 hours after their trip to Derby and that means Lee Bowyer, Jason Scotland, Ryan Stevenson and Ibrahima Sonko - all on the bench for last weekend's 1-0 win over Barnsley - are likely to get match action at some point.
The likes of Luke Hyam, Josh Carson and Jimmy Bullard are also set to come into the reckoning as Jewell looks to utilise his squad.
Derby vs Ipswich
Last modified 17:22 07/04/12
Stalemate stifles Ipswich charge Ipswich missed out on the chance to leapfrog Derby in the npower Championship table after the two sides played out an entertaining goalless draw at Pride Park.
The visitors were on the front foot for long periods and Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding made a pair of fine first-half saves from Michael Chopra and Lee Martin.
After the interval Fielding touched a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drive onto the post and Town were unable to find a way through.
Derby's main threat came from the pace of Theo Robinson in attack and Ben Davies' set-piece delivery, and Jason Shackell had a header from the latter's corner cleared off the line in the closing moments.
The point lifts the Rams up to 12 in the table, while Ipswich remain a point behind them in 15th.
Jamie Ward returned to the Derby attack in place of illness victim Steve Davies, the only change made by boss Nigel Clough from last week's 1-1 draw at Bristol City.
Paul Jewell named the same Ipswich XI that recorded a 1-0 home triumph over Barnsley to face his former club.
In the 10th minute Darryl Murphy capitalised on an error from Rams defender Jake Buxton to raid down the left wing and cut the ball back to Chopra, whose shot on the turn drew a splendid save from Fielding diving away to his right.
Derby were a threat on the counter attack, largely through top-scorer Robinson, but he delayed his shot at the vital moment when he found a 21st minute opening.
Fielding was undoubtedly busier than his opposite number Arran Lee-Barrett and the former England Under-21 international produced an acrobatic stop to deny Martin from 25 yards shortly after Town midfielder Andy Drury drove narrowly past the post.
At the other end Robinson got on the end of a low Gareth Roberts cross but could only find the side netting.
Ipswich regained the assendancy after the interval and Grant Leadbitter flashed an effort over the bar following a well-timed run into the Derby area.
In the 51st minute Chopra teed-up Murphy on the edge of the box but his attempt also ended up beyond the crossbar.
Robinson continued to keep the Town defence on their toes and as the hour approached he was just off target with a spectacular scissor-kick from Davies' corner, before heading wide from his team-mate's next set piece.
Davies was then off target with a shot of his own before Emmanuel-Thomas came agonisingly close to giving Ipswich the lead.
The former Arsenal youngster cut in from the right wing and drilled towards the top corner, but Fielding got a vital touch and the ball cannoned back off the foot of the post.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|10||Jamie Ward(sub 77)|
|9||Nathan Tyson(sub 77)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|9||Jay Emmanuel-Thomas(sub 81)|
|11||Lee Martin(sub 68)|
|10||Michael Chopra(sub 83)|
|8||Lee Bowyer(sub 81)|
|14||Jason Scotland(sub 68)|
|16||Ryan Stevenson(sub 83)|