Buzz of Newcastle win has made Ipswich Town players hungry for big crowds, says David McGoldrick
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Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick is hoping there can be more days like Easter Monday at Portman Road.
There have been several drab affairs dished up on Suffolk soil over the last 18 months, but the Blues produced a scintillating display to win 3-1 against a Newcastle United side heading back to the Premier League less than fortnight ago.
A much-changed team lost 1-0 at rock-bottom Rotherham last weekend, but the Blues will be full-strength again for tomorrow’s visit of promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday.
“The Newcastle game was a great performance,” said McGoldrick. “It reminded me of a year, 18 months ago when teams didn’t want to come here. They always knew what sort of game they were going to be in for at Portman Road and I don’t think that’s been the case this season. We haven’t been very good here to put it bluntly, but that game reminded me of the old days.”
Asked why the players haven’t been able to produce those sort of displays more regularly, McGoldrick replied: “That’s the million dollar question.
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“I don’t think everyone worked double hard because it was Newcastle United, I think we just clicked. The Burton game we had played well in too and the balance of the team has been good recently.
“We came out against Newcastle and just attacked. I think maybe the boys got a buzz off the big crowd and the atmosphere. That’s the best we’ve played in a long time.”
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Town’s official average attendance this season has been around 16,500, while a couple of midweek games have dipped below 15,000. In reality those figures are lower given they don’t take into account season ticket holders who are stay away.
A crowd of more than 25,000 was there for the Newcastle match though.
“Getting that buzz after the Newcastle game has probably made us hungry to get that again and again,” admitted McGoldrick.
“I can understand why people haven’t been coming on a cold Tuesday night when we’ve playing how we have and the ticket prices are what they are.
“It is a big lift when you walk out, look all around and see hardly any empty seats though. We want more of that.”