An eventful afternoon for Bam Bam

RICHARD Naylor made dramatic return to the first team with a goal, a booking and the mistake which led to Wimbledon's consolation as Town romped to their second win in five days, writes Derek Davis.

RICHARD Naylor made dramatic return to the first team with a goal, a booking and the mistake which led to Wimbledon's consolation as Town romped to their second win in five days, writes Derek Davis.

Naylor bundled in Ipswich Town's second goal as they beat Wimbledon 4-1 and now the rumbustious defender-cum-goalscorer is determined to keep his place for tomorrow night's Carling Cup clash at Notts County in a competition he takes very seriously.

With Drissa Diallo injuring knee ligaments after clattering into team-mate George Santos and Alun Armstrong and Darren Bent picking up knocks, Blues boss Joe Royle may look to make changes at Meadow Lane. Dean Bowditch may get his first start and with Chris Bart-Williams not allowed to play after Charlton refused permission. Ian Westlake could move into the central midfield role and either Matt Bloomfield or Antonio Murray going on to the bench.

Although Notts County are fourth from bottom, Town will not be taking the game, or the competition lightly. Naylor said: "It is important from a revenue point of view but also for us as a team. We want to win every game and we are now on a roll so we want to keep it going and keep that winning habit." Naylor had to come off the bench to play his dramatic part after being left out of the starting XI for the second game running.


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He admitted: "I was disappointed not to start in the last couple of games but things change quickly in football and now I'm back involved."

Town's victory pushed them up to sixth from bottom.

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Naylor came on in the 18th minute and four minutes later Town went ahead through Alun Armstrong. Naylor then bundled in a second before being booked for a challenge on Jobi McAnuff, who went very quiet afterwards, but then Bam Bam contributed to Patrick Agyemang's goal on the stroke of half-time. Naylor said: "There was a little bit of everything for me and I was disappointed with conceding the goal but we got the three points which is all that mattered. And I scored.

"There was a bit of a mix up, Georges came across and I ended up challenging him rather than the Wimbledon guy which was disappointing.

"It is nice to score but my job is not to concede goals."

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