Attack is the best form of defence! The competition is increasing between Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith as to who is crowned Ipswich Town’s highest scoring defender

Goalscoring defenders: Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra celebrate Town's fantastic 2-1 victory over

Goalscoring defenders: Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra celebrate Town's fantastic 2-1 victory over Derby County on Tuesday - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Ipswich Town match-winner Christophe Berra says he and centre-back partner Tommy Smith are battling to see who can score the most goals this season – and pledged the pair can hit the net again as the Blues push for the play-offs.

Berra headed an injury-time winner to clinch a superb 2-1 victory over Derby on Tuesday night, a goal that put Town firmly back into play-off contention, and one that drew the Scottish international level in the goal-scoring charts with Smith on five goals apiece.

The towering defender said: “I pull away of Tommy, I get ahead of him, he gets ahead of me, and I’m back again.”

The pair, who between them have scored in Town’s last four matches, have been almost neck-and-neck in the goal-scoring department all season.

In fact, not at any point during the season has one been more than one goal clear of the other.

When asked whether there was any kind of competition going on between the two of them, Berra laughed: “Not really.

“Although I was thinking the other day (after Smith scored in consecutive games against Wigan and Brighton), ‘ahh, he’s hit back in front of me’ – I didn’t see that coming, so it was nice to get a goal and draw level (against Derby).”

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And Smith intensified the light-hearted competition after Berra’s match-winner on Tuesday by tweeting his defensive partner the message “#5all”.

Berra added: “To score 10 goals between us as centre-halves is a great return, and hopefully we’ve still got a few more in us before the end of the season.”

Smith and Berra are currently Town’s joint-third top goalscorers, with only strikers Daryl Murphy (10) and David McGoldrick (16) ahead of them in the charts.

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