Waghorn bowled over by Town’s team spirit as Blues’ ‘Freddie Flintoff’ reveals reason for cricket celebration
PUBLISHED: 14:05 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:12 07 March 2018
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The latest offering from Martyn Waghorn’s goal celebration playbook is another example of the togetherness within the Ipswich Town squad.
The striker ended a 15-game goal drought as he scored twice in the second half to fire the Blues’ to a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, unveiling a cricket-inspired celebration after netting his first.
Having already shown off two video game celebrations earlier in the season, as a homage to the squad’s liking for Call of Duty and Mario Kart, the latest example reflected a team bonding session over a game of cricket at the Blues’ Playford Road training base during the spell of freezing weather that saw the clash with Hull postponed.
“With the weather being like it has been we’ve been playing a bit of cricket,” the striker revealed.
“Me and Chambo (Luke Chambers) went and got some stuff from the sports shop and we had a right good laugh while the conditions were keeping us indoors. It’s all a good bit of fun.
“For us as a team it’s just a good bit of bonding to get the boys out there and it’s good to take your mind off things during the season.
“I think we disturbed one of the Under 23s’ sessions the other day but I think they understood and it’s all good fun.”
If Waghorn is to be believed, the Blues could field a solid cricket team if they opted to switch sports for the summer, with the striker as versatile with bat and ball as he has proved on the football field.
“There are a few decent players,” he joked.
“Myself, I’m probably an all-rounder and I’d probably say, without blowing my own trumpet, I’m a bit of a Freddie Flintoff.
“Chambo and Skusey (Cole Skuse) are good but Glees (Stephen Gleeson) is an awful wicket keeper to be fair. Myles Kenlock and Tristan Nydam are decent and Ben Morris is a good cricketer too to be fair to him.”
Waghorn was delighted to end a run of games without a goal that stretched back to the December victory over Nottingham Forest but insisted he wasn’t overly concerned by his lack of goals.
“It was nice to get that off my back because it’s been a while coming,” he said.
“Personally I’m delighted but overall it’s a very good win for the team. It’s nice to score but overall we’re still going forward as a team.”