Connolly: We need to start sharing out the goals at Ipswich Town
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Callum Connolly has insisted it’s time for the Ipswich Town midfield and defence to start chipping in with goals on a regular basis and take some pressure off the Blues’ big four.
The Everton loanee opened his Ipswich account to lead the Blues to victory at Derby on Tuesday night, heading home a Martyn Waghorn corner for a goal which took his side’s Championship tally to 31 for the season.
The quartet of Joe Garner, David McGoldrick, Martyn Waghorn and Bersant Celina have netted all-but six of those goals – while Jordan Spence has scored three – but Connolly believes the Blues need goals from all over the pitch.
“We need to share the goals,” he insisted.
“Didzy (McGoldrick), Garns and Waggy get the majority of the goals but from time to time you need the central midfielders and back four to chip in.
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“It’s been tough, the last couple of weeks with a lot of games, but we’ve got a big squad and the gaffer is not afraid to use the substitutions.
“I feel like a goal has been coming for me. I’ve been working on that in training – we’ve been working on set pieces – and thankfully it’s paid off.
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“I’ve scored a few (headed goals) in the past and hopefully some in the future too.”
Connolly arrived for his loan spell as an extra option at right back, but since being pushed into action in midfield has become one of the Blues’ most consistent performers.
He’s not taking anything for granted, though, and knows he still has work to do to make a central spot his own as he and his side prepare for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
“Every week you have a point to prove so nobody’s comfy and nobody’s nailed down a place,” he said. “I don’t go into training thinking I’m going to be starting, I go in with a point to prove and the same in the games.
“I just have to build on this now. I feel like I’m versatile and will play wherever the gaffer wants me to.
“We go into the next game fully refreshed after some good recovery and we need to focus on that and hopefully get another three points.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game against a good Forest team and we just need to build on that now.”