Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse ‘not losing sleep’ over lack of goals

Cole Skuse's reaction to missing a good first half chance at Leicester

Cole Skuse's reaction to missing a good first half chance at Leicester - Credit: Archant

Cole Skuse knows that he and his fellow midfielders need to start contributing more goals.

The 27-year-old snatched at a good chance when the score was 0-0 at Leicester City on Saturday, the Blues going on to lose 3-0 at the Championship table-toppers.

Blues’ midfielders have scored just six goals between them this season (defenders having netted 10). Indeed, Skuse, Jay Tabb, Luke Hyam, Paul Green, Stephen Hunt, Carlos Edwards and Paul Anderson have scored 238 goals between them in 2,467 combined career club appearances. On average, that’s one every 10 games from the six of them.

“I’ve been saying it for about 10 years now that I’ve got to get more goals,” said Skuse, who is yet to score in his 33 starts for the club. “It’s not for the want of trying.

“I do practice, but it’s not usually very successful. I’m usually fetching balls out of the fences and hedges! I do try and do bits though. TC (assistant manager Terry Connor) does put on extra sessions and I’m working on it.

“I wouldn’t be absolutely distraught if I didn’t score and we got promoted. I’ve said it for years that I’d like to get more goals, but I also try and do my bit defensively and trying to cover a lot of ground. I would like more goals though.

“I’ve played 350-odd games and only scored nine times. It’s not as if I’m a prolific goalscorer. I don’t lose sleep over it.

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“The manager is not pinning me up against the wall saying ‘you’ve got to score on Saturday or that’s you done’. Don’t get me wrong though, he might ask ‘any chance?!’

“We know the strikers are not just going to score on their own. We have to try and do our bit in wide areas and from midfield. We’ll try our utmost.”

Blues boss Mick McCarthy, who side are five points adrift of the play-off places, admitted: “We need more of them (goals from midfield) and we work at it all the time – wingers getting in the box, midfield players getting in the box, people shooting.

“Despite that we’ve scored a shed load more than we did last season. Where are we in the league in terms of goals scored? We’re up there (joint seventh with 43 from 32 games).”

Ipswich are understood to be keen on bringing midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe back on loan to Portman Road. The 21-year-old – who failed to score in 29 appearances for the Blues while on loan from Manchester United earlier in the season – was signed by Fulham on transfer deadline day but now has an uncertain future at Craven Cottage after manager René Meulensteen was replaced by Felix Magath. Wigan, one of Ipswich’s main rivals for sixth spot, are also reportedly interested.