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Ipswich Town can stay in the top six, insists David McGoldrick

PUBLISHED: 17:56 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38 21 September 2017

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick. Photo: Pagepix

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick. Photo: Pagepix

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David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

The Blues have claimed 15 points from a possible 21 games to occupy fifth place, with a game in hand, heading into Saturday’s match against table-topping Leeds United at Elland Road.

Four of the five teams they have beaten are 20th or below though, Town have faced more than double the amount of shots they have produced so far and played in front of their lowest league crowd in 19 years last weekend (14,164),

“Fans are never happy are they?” said McGoldrick. “If we were entertaining and losing I’d like to see what the reaction was then.

“With the way last season was we needed this season to start well and we’ve done that, we’ve got results, even with a lot of injuries, and it’s only been the Fulham game where we looked like a team with square pegs in round holes.

“We’ve stood up to tests and it’s credit to the boys the way we’ve dug things out with things going against us.”

He continued: “Why can’t we stay up there? Every year we all say ‘the Championship is harder’ and talk about this team and that team, but I don’t think there is a stand out team to be scared of.

“Middlesbrough have spent big money, but there’s not a team like Newcastle last year where you thought they could blow anyone away and really run away with the league.

“In the Championship anyone can beat anyone. We got proper beaten by Fulham, they were really good on the day, then they go to Burton and lose 2-1. The league is crazy. It’s really open and there might be a few surprises up there this season.

“If we stay injury free and if we stay together we’ve got a really good chance of being up there because we have one of the best managers in the league.”

He added: “Mick (McCarthy) is the same every day – even when it was going bad last season he never came in with a face where you though ‘better stay away from him’.

“He hasn’t changed his principles this year, it’s just been more effective. When we were in the play-offs we were playing the same way we play now.

“We’ve just got to get back to certain basics. We might have the lowest shots, but it’s the results that matter most. Results win people back. If we stay up there I’m sure they’ll be back.”

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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