Danny relishing Palace clash

IPSWICH Town flying wide man Danny Haynes knows that he needs an end product to his game.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town flying wide man Danny Haynes knows that he needs an end product to his game.

And the south London-raised lad confirmed today that he is hoping to earn himself an early 21st birthday present at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In last season's fixture at Selhurst Park, Haynes scored one of the most bizarre goals of the campaign.

He netted the winner in Town's 1-0 rare away success - and knew nothing about.

“The ball struck me in the face and I can't remember much about it,” said Haynes, whose birthday is on Monday.

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“Richard Naylor struck the ball hard from the edge of the penalty area and it deflected off my face into the goal.

“What I can remember is the celebration as I ran to Town fans at the other side of the pitch.”

Haynes only made three starts of the first half of this season, but has been in the starting XI three times in the last five matches.

He has been the subject of plenty of work on the training ground and realises that now is the time for his work with the manager and coaches to pay off.

“I know I have pace but I need an end result - like I found inadvertently at Palace last year,” added Haynes, who is looking forward to going back to his roots.

“My all-round game has to improve and I have been working a great deal on my defensive game as well.”

Haynes' recent shows have drawn praise from Magilton, and with his pace he can terrorise any defence.

He proved a handful to the Sheffield Wednesday back line in the 1-1 draw at Portman Road on Saturday, and plans to have a similar impact at Selhurst Park where Town are expected to have their usual high level of support.

A South American trialist is spending the week with the Blues at their Playford Road training ground, and it remains to be seen whether he does enough to earn a contract.

And it has been reported that Town are set to give a second trial spell to young Czech striker Petr Putz. The 17-year-old front man previously spent time with the Blues at the end of last year.

Putz, a Czech U18 international, is currently with Sparta Prague's youth set-up and is yet to make his first team debut.

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