Goal has whetted Wright's appetite

NOW that he has found the net once, Ipswich Town defender David Wright has the appetite for more.

Elvin King

NOW that he has found the net once, Ipswich Town defender David Wright has the appetite for more.

And the 28-year-old sees tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship fixture at Queens Park Rangers (kick-off 5.20pm) as an ideal time to score for the second time this campaign.

A win could push the Blues to within touching distance of the play-offs, and Wright says that Wednesday's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at Portman Road has given everybody boost.

“Our fans were great, as I expected them to be as they have always been so supportive,” said Wright.

“And if we can all continue to pull together and put together a run we can move further up the table.”

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And reflecting on his goal on Wednesday he said: “Gareth McAuley put through a neat pass after Jon Walters had made a dummy run.

“I could see my way clear to goal and looked up to see the keeper take half a step to his right.

“So I aimed for a gap by his left, and the ball entered the net between him and the near post.

“The manager has been telling me that I ought to score more goals, and hopefully this will be the start where they will flow for me.”

Wright has been impressed by the form of �1million Argentinean left-sided player Luciano Civelli.

Wright said: “Luca has worked hard in training and the fact that we are now getting left-footed balls from that side into the box is a plus.

“It gives us a better balance and the newcomer has done well.”

And one of Town's most experienced players also had praise for Tommy Miller, who has been as consistent as anyone in the Ipswich side in recent weeks.

“We scored a crucial early goal against Forest and although the ball came off the head of a defender it was a wonderful ball in by Tommy,” said Wright.

“He has the ability to pick out the right spot from his dead ball kicks, and they can be such a bonus to us.”

McAuley should be fit to lead out the team at Loftus Road, with Wright one of the favourites to take the armband if the Northern Ireland defender misses out.

The central defender took a painful kick on his calf saving a certain goal with a last-ditch tackle on Nathan Tyson right in front of goal. He was much better today and is expected to play.

Danny Haynes, however, has already been ruled out with a small muscle strain suffered on Wednesday.

Town physio Matt Byard said: “We will monitor Danny's progress and see how quickly he progresses over the next few days but he is normally a quick healer.”

Jon Walters is set to return to the right of midfield in what could be the only change although striker Kevin Lisbie is expected to have recovered from a back spasm to push front men Jon Stead and Pablo Counago.

There could be some fun and games with the referee tomorrow as Stuart Attwell was the man who gave a goal at Watford earlier this season when the ball went nowhere near the net.

And Town must have referees appointed by alphabet right now with Martin Atkinson (first on the list) in charge against Forest and Attwell next on the list.

Tony Bates is third on the list, and perhaps he will be in charge at Preston next Saturday!