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
- 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.
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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.