Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fan, Ipswich Town’s Martyn Waghorn produces finish fit for a king at Barnsley
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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fan Martyn Waghorn produced a finish fit for a king at Barnsley, then revealed how his pre-game initiation helped break the ice.
The summer signing from Glasgow Rangers came off the bench to grab the winner at Oakwell, fellow substitute David McGoldrick having levelled things up eight minutes after the break.
Waghorn made his Town debut as a substitute in the Carabao Cup win at Luton, but had his first proper away trip with the team on Friday, as the Blues headed North.
As the team’s latest signing, Waghorn had to stand up in front of his new team-mates on Friday and sing a song – all part of the bonding process, which made for a memorable couple of days for the ex-Sunderland man.
On his initiation, Waghorn said: “It wasn’t too bad actually, I did the Fresh Prince (of Bel-Air).
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“It was a relatively easy choice as I have been watching it (TV programme) for many years, but it never gets any easier standing up, shaking legs, in front of the lads.
“It’s good fun, good banter and the away trips are long, so it’s important to get that bit of camaradarie and have a laugh.”
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While Waghorn grabbed a lot of the post-match headlines, the striker was quick to pay tribute to goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, who put in another stellar performance, to stop Town heading into the break, potentially three or four goals down.
“He (Bialkowski) was brilliant, he had a bit too much work to do, but he made some great saves. There was his save six yards out and the one-on-one with the boy (Moncur) in the first half,” he explained.
“Saves win games, and they’re just as important as the goals.”
Ipswich head to Millwall tomorrow, so has he done enough to start at The Den?
“That’s up to the manager,” he admitted.
“I’m just going to keep working away and I’m going to do what I can to get in the side.
“The boys have been brilliant and the quality in the top positions is brilliant, competition in high.
“If I get my chance, then brilliant, if not, I can come on and have the same impact.”