Garvan: 'We're on a bit of a roll'

OWEN Garvan, a goalscorer in last night's 3-0 welcome home victory over Barnsley, today poured scorn on those who are boycotting Ipswich Town games.

Elvin King

OWEN Garvan, a goalscorer in last night's 3-0 welcome home victory over Barnsley, today poured scorn on those who are boycotting Ipswich Town games.

The 20-year-old midfielder peered through the gloom that has been surrounding Portman Road in recent times and said: “We're on a bit of a roll. And we have not had the rub of the green either.

“We are two points off the play-offs and in confident mood for our trip to Charlton on Saturday.”

Only 18,177 watched as Barnsley goalkeeper Heinz Muller gifted Town two of their goals - with Garvan notching in between with a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area.

It was Ipswich's third home game inside a week and in these credit crunch times the pennies have to be watched.

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So a drop below 20,000 for the second home match running can be explained. But, after turning on manager Jim Magilton in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, the general feeling has been one of despondency -- with the manager's ability being questioned.

Garvan, however, sees things much more brightly. He added: “We know we can play better than we did last night. And we know that their keeper made two mistakes. But we will take the three points we needed and move on.

“We are becoming difficult to beat, and in our last two away matches we did not have the run of the ball.

“If you are not conceding goals you are not going to lose games and this was our fourth clean sheet. We are all set up to challenge for promotion.”

Garvan set his stall out at the beginning of the season to find the net more often and this was his second goal of the season after his opener at Southampton.

“It was nice to score and I have to be happy with the strike, but the most important thing for me was the three points. Richard Wright made some great saves and it was the first time I have played with Ivan Campo, who was talking to me throughout the game.”

Muller kicked the ball straight to Jon Stead for Town's first goal and, after Garvan's fine 66th minute effort, the German keeper let a long-range 69th minute shot from Campo slip through his fingers.

Tykes substitute Reuben Noble-Lazarus stepped off the bench to become the youngest player ever to appear in the Football League.