Ex-Forest striker McGoldrick wants to heap misery on Derby

David McGoldrick

David McGoldrick - Credit: Archant

Derby v Ipswich: In-form Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick is keen to pile more misery on a Derby side in disarray tonight.

The Rams yesterday appointed Steve McClaren as their new ‘head coach’, the former England manager quickly called upon following the controversial sacking of long-serving boss Nigel Clough just hours after a 1-0 defeat at local rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Academy director Darren Wassell will be in caretaker charge for this evening’s visit of the Blues to Pride Park though, with four of the club’s coaches having all been placed on gardening leave during a disruptive few days.

Nottingham-born McGoldrick is one of three former Forest players in the Blues squad, Luke Chambers and Paul Anderson the others.

And having taken his goal tally for the season to five in nine at the weekend, his two strikes sealing a 2-0 home win over Brighton, the red-hot front man is relishing the chance to face the team he once saw as fierce East Midlands rivals.

“It’s a special one for me because I’m a Forest boy going to Derby,” said McGoldrick. “But you just have to treat it like the next game. Hopefully we can take something from the game because I think we’ve played well away from home. We’ve got to go there and be bright.”

Derby are yet to win at home this season, while Ipswich are yet to win away. The Blues can take heart from their performances on the road though, having completely dominated a 1-1 draw at Birmingham and taken plenty of positives from narrow defeats against the newly-relegated trio of Reading, QPR and Wigan.

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“Last season we did really well at home, that’s what kept us up, and we’ve carried that on,” said McGoldrick, who has scored all nine of his Ipswich Town goals at Portman Road – four during a loan spell in the second half of last season.

“Our away performances have been good at the start of this season, we just haven’t had the points to go with it. At Wigan (a 2-0 loss) we had more chances, more possession, more corners than them; we just weren’t clinical enough. The results will come for us away from home, definitely.

“It’s a great team spirit here and we’re playing with a bit more freedom now because we’re not fighting at the bottom end of the table.”

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