Cole Skuse hails new strikeforce as Ipswich Town continue to defy injury crisis

Towns first goal scorer Martyn Waghorn celebrates with the second, Joe Garner after he had scored to

Towns first goal scorer Martyn Waghorn celebrates with the second, Joe Garner after he had scored to make it 2-0 in the Ipswich Town v Brentford (Sky Bet Championship) match. Picture: STEVE WALLER www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Cole Skuse expected Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn to have a positive effect at Ipswich Town, but admits their immediate goalscoring impact has surprised him.

The former Rangers duo have seven league goals between them already – Garner three in four games and Waghorn four in three.

The duo added to their tally in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brentford, as Ipswich recorded their fourth straight victory at the start of the season, to sit second in the embryonic Championship table.

Stand-in skipper Skuse, said of the duo’s positive influence: “I expected it. I played against them in the past and they’re the kind of players you want on your team, you don’t want to be playing against them because they’re horrible players in the nicest sense.

“In terms of fitting in, they have been fantastic lads, they have added a bit to the dressing room.


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“But to come in and kick-off like they have, I have not really seen that before, and Didzy (David McGoldrick) has come into his own. Once he is fit, he is one of the best in the league.”

While that trio are grabbing the headlines, Town’s success has been built around a solid unit, amidst a terrible injury crisis.

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On Saturday, Ipswich started with four full-backs in a back-four, four strikers, a winger and just one midfielder in their side, and Skuse reflected. “It’s looking good.

“Bart (Bialkowski), the back four and myself are trying to do our bit to stop them (goals) going in, stay solid, and as soon as we get the ball, get it to the forwards and let them do their magic.”

He added: “We’ve had a very shrewd look at Brentford in training, they’re a top team and they are not going to be where they are in the league for long.

“We knew they were going to be expansive.

“It was a gameplan to very much nullify them, stay very tight, narrow and tight and, when we could, hit them on the break.”

While Skuse was overjoyed with victory, he did refrain from carrying out the “Chambo fistpump” to the North Stand, a tradition of injured captain Luke Chambers after a Town victory.

“I heard the fans doing the roar as I walked towards them, but that’s Chambo’s thing,” said Skuse, who passed the responsibility onto Jonas Knudsen.

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