Have faith in the strikers we’ve got, say Ipswich Town duo
Have faith in the strikers we’ve got.
That’s the message from Ipswich Town duo Scott Loach and Cole Skuse to the Blues supporters who have voiced their concern over a perceived lack of firepower at the club.
Mick McCarthy’s men finished last season as the Championship’s lowest scorers with just 48 goals in 46 games (only 14 scored on their travels).
And while they’ve netted four times in their opening four games, a front man has yet to be on the scoresheet – a smart finish from midfielder Jay Tabb, two own goals – and a header from centre-back Tommy Smith making up the tally.
Some fans have already started calling for the addition of a ‘20-goal-a-season’ striker on radio phone-ins and social networking websites, with the likes of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Billy Sharp often mentioned.
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McCarthy has stated that his summer business is complete though. And his dealings so far suggest there the transfer kitty is bare.
Just last week the Blues boss said that he was more than happy to select a forward line from David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor – a quartet who bring a variety of assets, ranging from intelligent movement, power, pace and trickery.
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“I train with (David) McGoldrick and (Daryl) Murphy every day – I know they’ve got it in them,” said keeper Loach.
“People have to realise that won’t always fall for them every Saturday. The goals will come, I’m confident of that. I’ve got no worries on that front whatsoever.
“We beat Millwall 3-0, yes two of the goals were own goals, but we still had to get in a position to get them.
“If it hadn’t been for a few good saves from Stephen Bywater (Millwall) and Rob Green (QPR) then we would have scored more.”
Blues midfielder Cole Skuse concurred when asked about the subject.
He said: “Look at players like David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor – there are many, many teams in the Championship who would snap your hands off for those sort of players.
“My message to supporters would be ‘don’t panic too much, I’m sure the goals will come’.”
It just proves what a dramatic turnaround it has been during McCarthy’s 10 months in charge. A year ago all the talk was about how soft the team was defensively. Last weekend it took promotion-favourites QPR a full 90 minutes to find a breakthrough against the Blues on home turf, with 15 clean sheets having been secured in the last 38 matches.
“The gaffer has really helped the back five,” said Loach. “We’ve played games together and built relationships on the pitch.
“Cressie (Aaron Cresswell) is probably the best left-back in the league, Chambo (Luke Chambers) has got great experience, Tommny (Smith) is probably one of the best young centre-backs in the league and Elliott (Hewitt) is a Welsh Under-21 international.
“Then you’ve got Christophe Berra, whose experience speaks for itself, and someone like Tyrone Mings, who has been such a success story coming from non-league.”
“There is real competition across the back five.”