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Scoring at Portman Road was a dream come true admits local lad Luke Hyam

PUBLISHED: 23:51 27 November 2012

Luke Hyam

Luke Hyam

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A DREAM come true.

That is how local lad Luke Hyam has described his first goal for his boyhood club after the midfielder played a starring role in Ipswich’s 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest last night.

Hyam, and fellow midfield powerhouse Guirane N’Daw, both opened their account for Town who moved out of the bottom three following an excellent performance against the promotion contenders.

N’Daw gave the Blues a deserved first-half lead and though Dexter Blackstock equalised, Hyam’s big moment came just two minutes later when he crashed home a rebound after DJ Campbell’s penalty was saved.

Sub Daryl Murphy sealed the precious three points – and stretched Town’s unbeaten home run to three games – in injury-time to leave the dressing room, and fans alike, buzzing.

None more so than academy graduate Hyam, in for the injured Nigel Reo-Coker, who produced a man-of-the-match performance to pay back the continued support he receives from the terraces.

The 21-year-old former Northgate High School pupil said: “I used to watch Ipswich from the Britannia Stand (now the Co-op Stand) so to score my first goal at Portman Road in front of the Sir Bobby Robson Stand is a dream come true.

“It was an incredible moment – my family and friends were in the stands – and you could tell by my celebrations that I lost my head a little bit.

“I would also like to thank the fans who have given me such great support. It means everything to me and I just want to repay their faith.”

McCarthy has now overseen a decent points tally of 10 points from a possible 18 with hopes high that a corner has been turned.

Hyam, who hobbled off in the second half with a calf injury, added: “It is a vital three points but I thought it was one of our best performances of the season – everyone worked so hard.

“We are all in this together. The lads are buzzing about getting out of the bottom three but we have to push on now.”

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

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