Stephen Henderson: Ipswich Town defence delights on-loan keeper

Stephen Henderson

On-loan goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has praised Ipswich Town's management team after keeping a third clean sheet in four games.

The Tractor Boys' 1-0 win over Leicester on Saturday lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone.

Henderson told BBC Radio Suffolk: "That was our biggest win of the season. Mick McCarthy and Terry O'Connor have come in and sorted it all out straight away.

"There's a long way to go but we're looking so much more solid."

Town travel to Nottingham Forest, another of the Championship's form teams, on Tuesday evening, but Henderson says they are confident of achieving a good result after winning four and losing just one of their last six league games.

"We're not out of the woods by any means, but considering what happened at Leicester earlier in the season [Town were thrashed 6-0] it was a very big result. We were psyched for it all week.

"It's credit to the back four and the whole side to protect me the way they have been - but the manager has stuck with [a system] and started to reap the rewards."

The 24-year-old Dubliner, who is on loan at Ipswich from West Ham until the end of the season, has reaped rewards of his own after being called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the recent friendly against Poland.

McCarthy will have to make at least one change for the Nottingham Forest match, with on-loan forward David McGoldrick, who scored the winner against Leicester, ineligible to play against his parent club.

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We had a lot to prove - Henderson

Daryl Murphy, who came on as a substitute against the Foxes, may partner Michael Chopra up front.

"Daryl has been excellent in his attitude," said McCarthy. "It's about moving players around to find the right combination.

"I thought the strikers played very well on Saturday, but they've all handled the situation well. Whether it's been Daryl or Aaron McLean or David McGoldrick or Chops [Chopra] - he had his nose put out of joint when I came here but knuckled down and has got back into the team and been arguably the best player.

"The back five has also been excellent, but they have to be because they know there are people training well who might get in if they aren't."

McCarthy admitted he would be pleased with a draw at the City Ground.

"Forest were excellent against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, they battered them for 45 minutes. So yes, I'd take a draw - winning at home and drawing away is a good recipe."