The Football League Paper - - FA CUP QUARTER-FINALS -

EV­ERY­ONE is won­der­ing who will take that sixth spot in the Cham­pi­onship. Sh­eff Wed, Cardiff, Birm­ing­ham, Ip­swich – no­body seems able to take a firm hold.

But I ac­tu­ally think there are TWO places to fight for. Be­cause for all the tal­ent in their squad, I just don’t fancy Derby to make it stick.

Just like last year, it doesn’t seem to be work­ing at the most crit­i­cal point in the sea­son. They’re still a team of in­di­vid­u­als rather than a col­lec­tive.

Re­sults have been up and down. There’s no stand-out part­ner­ships on the pitch. It just doesn’t seem right and the longer they strug­gle, the fresher the mem­o­ries of last sea­son’s col­lapse will ap­pear.

I know Sh­effield Wed­nes­day are hav­ing a ropey spell too but that hap­pens to ev­ery­body in the Cham­pi­onship. In Gary Hooper and Fer­nando Forestieri – at least if he stops get­ting sent off – they’ve just got too much fire­power not to click back into gear.

And Mick McCarthy’s side are al­ways well or­gan­ised. Daryl Mur­phy leads Ip­swich’s line bril­liantly. Ev­ery­one else works hard around him. They’re drilled to per­fec­tion. They’ve been there and done it.

I may end up with egg on my face but, for me, it’s Wed­nes­day and Ip­swich, with Derby miss­ing out.

GOALS: Gary Hooper

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