‘I’ve been telling the boys I’m a threat for some time’ – Spence on his scoring form
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Jordan Spence has been telling his Ipswich Town team-mates just how much of a threat he is in front of goal - and the defender is delighted to be proving his point on the field.
The defender stuck out a foot in the 88th minute at Hull on Saturday to prod home Adam Webster’s downward header and earn the Blues a valuable point, taking his tally to three for the season following goals against Millwall and Sunderland.
Prior to this season he had only found the net twice in a career which now stretches 210 games, but now he has hit a relative scoring streak the former Bristol City and MK Dons defender is delighted to be able to back up his claims in front of goal.
“It was just a toe,” Spence said of his 88th-minute goal at the KCOM Stadium. “It was just a reaction after Webbo’s header. I like to call it goalscoring instinct. It found the post and, fortunately, rolled in.
“I’ve been telling the boys I’m a threat for some time, so it’s nice to finally be recognised with a few goals.
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“My previous record hasn’t necessarily suggested that. But if you have seen me this year, I do look like a threat from set pieces. It’s nice to see them go in. I’ve scored a couple with my head, so it’s nice to get one with my feet.”
Asked if he has set himself a scoring target for the rest of the season, he added: “As many as I can get. Thankfully, so far each one has been an important goal so if I can continue to do that, it’s helpful.”
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Spence and his team-mates now turn their attention to Wednesday night’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday, with the Blues looking to build on Saturday’s draw as they play their second game of a run of five matches in just 15 days.
“These games are a good test to show how good we are,” Spence said. “It’s a tough league. We’ve shown we can score goals, we know that. We’ve challenged ourselves to not concede as many as we have. Once we manage to do that, hopefully, we’ll see more consistent results.
“Now we need to recover well and go again on Wednesday.
“It’s a start, of course. The manner in which it occurred leaves you feeling better about it, rather than coming up here putting in an performance and coming away with nothing.
“It’s our first draw of the season. You turn draws into good results when you win the next one, so let’s win the next one.”