Match updates by Rams fan Sean Morris
Got a bad feeling about this one. It occurs to me that the Ipswich badge looks a little like a shire horse with a ball of wool under its foot. Or maybe that's just me. Anyway, hope we win. Probably won't though.
Morten Bisgaard came close for Derby with some neat inter-play. I'm torn on whether this rather fey looking character will ever become a hero with the fans or if he'll suffer the same fate as other Scandinavian flops such as Martin Dahlin and that tubby guy who scored for Sweden against England but then looked rubbish when he came to Leeds. Can't remember his name. Can you? Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you can.
In the meantime, there seems to be an injury to last season's top scorer Ian Taylor. Oh no! I always think he looks like the life and soul of the party. I bet he dances round the changing rooms in a jocular manner before a game.
Goal for Derby! Marco Reich meets the ball at the far post to poke it home. Let's hope it cheers him up a bit after his hissy fit on Wednesday night. If he was on Big Brother, the tabloids would label him 'Moody Marco'.
Bad moments for poor old Nathan Doyle in only his second start for Derby County. First he gives away a penalty which Miller puts away for Ipswich, then he's caught out for the Tractor Boys' second goal, scored by young upstart Dean Bowditch. It's football's equivalent of crashing the whole computer system and then accidentally breaking your boss's arm on the first day of your new office job. At least Forest are losing too.
Nathan Doyle is seeing a lot of the ball in this second half, which is nice to see. Can't be easy for him - although I'm sure all the cash and adoration will help ease the pain. Junior is pulled off after not doing an awful lot and his replacement Marcus Tudgay explodes into the match with a great shot on goal. Radio Derby commentator Ross Fletcher knows it too and his excitement level goes through the roof when Inigo Idiakez slots home a sweet-as-apple-pie free-kick to bring the scores level. It was worth the admission price alone, goes the famous saying - well it was certainly worth a £23 seat in the cheap stand. Let's hope we can go on from here.
Radio Derby pundit Ted McMinn doesn't like the new name for the league divisions. "I'm going to keep calling it the Second Division until someone complains' he snorts indignantly. 'You'll get no complaints from me!' replies Ross Fletcher, whilst possibly gazing adoringly at the Tin Man.
GOAL FOR REICH! Moody Marco gets lucky with one of those crazy-ass cross-cum-shots which of course he'll claim he meant to do. The mood in the stadium is transformed as the Rams take the lead. But of course, any experienced Derby fan knows not to count their chickens before they're hatched - especially with our capacity for clown-like defending.
Malcolm Walker has emailed to tell me that the tubby Swede I was thinking of earlier was of course Tomas Brolin. Well luckily Morten Bisgaard can avoid comparisons with this real turkey of a signing because he's had a terrific game today and has been at the heart of most of Derby's good stuff. Good to see Okocha grab a couple of goals for Bolton too - he's the lynchpin of my Fantasy Football side.
3-2! What a great result! I'm as gleeful as one of those happy little dogs you see running about down at Elvaston Castle! Let's hope the season starts here!