David McGoldrick wants to concentrate on being a striker for Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick. Photo: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick says he is just that – a striker. The Irish international speaks about his best position, impressive form and a Town legend calling him ‘unplayable’.

David McGoldrick celebrates with Emyr Huws after scoring to put Town 2-1 up against Newcastle. Pictu

David McGoldrick celebrates with Emyr Huws after scoring to put Town 2-1 up against Newcastle. Picture: Steve Waller. - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Q: David, you’ve been in impressive form recently...

A: “I think I’m playing well. I didn’t score for a long time but still felt I was contributing. Now the goals have come too so that’s even better.

“As a striker you want to score goals. I got told when I was younger to only worry when you don’t get chances. I’ve had my chances and I know I should have been more clinical and more ruthless.”

Q: You played as the focal point of the attack against Burton and Newcastle. Have you dropped too deep in the past?

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A: “I think that’s been the case sometimes. I think a lot of the lads want me to create as well as score, but I don’t think you can do both.

“Sometimes I’ve tried to do too much. When things aren’t going well in a game you want to grab it by the scruff of the neck and make things happen. Maybe I’ve not been in the box when I should have been.

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“In the last couple of games I’ve played as a striker and I’ve got my rewards from it. I’ve scored goals and we’ve been winning, so I won’t be dropping back anytime soon.”

Q: The goal against Newcastle was a poacher’s finish. Do you want more of them?

A: “At the end of the day a goal is a goal and maybe I took my eye off that a little bit.

“I got drawn into trying to be the creator and the scorer and I don’t think you can be both, unless you are (Lionel) Messi.

“I said to myself, don’t come back and try to be the number 10, because we’ve got Wardy (Grant Ward) doing that really well at the minute, and instead stay up front.

“I got the close-range goal against Newcastle and the one against Wigan was inside the box as well. I want more goals like that. I’m not bothered if they are 30-yarders or two-yarders.”

Q: You and Freddie Sears have struck up a good partnership...

A: “I like playing with Freddie. He loves running in behind and when I get the ball at my feet I know I’ll have that option. He can play feet as well because he’s got a good touch and a good brain, even though it doesn’t seem that way off the field sometimes!

“He’s a good player. I know he had that little drought where he didn’t score for a bit, but his work-rate is always top class and now he’s back to being the Freddie when he first came here. When he’s one-on-one you expect him to score. Long may that continue.”

Q: Can you be a 15-goal-a-season striker?

A: “Yeah, more than that, there’s no doubt about that. I just need to be more ruthless. I’ve had a few one-on-ones where I’ve tried to do silly things. I’ve no doubt I’ll score goals in this league.”

Q: Has it helped having more creative players behind you in the team recently, the likes of Emyr Huws?

A: “When the midfielders have got the ball you want them to make forward passes and you know with the likes of Emyr (Huws), Skusey (Cole Skuse) and Wardy (Grant Ward) in the middle that they can probably find me. It’s the same with Lozza (Tom Lawrence) too.

“Me and Searsy can stay on the shoulders of defenders and get them running back towards their own goal. It’s been working. The balanec of the team has been good.”

Q: We’ve seen this debate about strikers coming too deep with Wayne Rooney. At times we’ve seen you back in the full-back position making tackles. Did you need someone to tell you to stop that?

A: “The gaffer does tell me not to do that to be fair. Maybe because I’d been injured for so long I just wanted to get back out there and do everything.

“As a player I never hide from getting on the ball anywhere on the pitch, but I was doing that in too deep a position. I needed to get back into the habit of playing centre forward.”

Q: Dare we tempt fate and say you are over your injury problems now?

A: “I think I’ve learnt how to manage my body better. If we don’t have a game in midweek I get an extra rest day.

“Before, even if I was a bit stiff or tight, I still had that hunger to train, but sometimes you have to listen to your body.

“I’ll be keeping that in mind for the rest of my career now.”

Q: Ipswich Town legend Mick Mills said you were ‘unplayable’ in the Newcastle game...

A: “I appreciate that coming from someone like him.

“I do rate myself as a player. I’m not being big-headed, I just believe in my own ability. I need to be scoring more goals to really justify that tag though.

“I think someone like Chris Wood has been unplayable this year. If you’re doing all the hard stuff but not scoring goals then you are not unplayable because the opposition has stopped you from scoring.

“When the goals come and I keep playing as I am then I’ll agree with Mick Mills!”

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