Ipswich Town’s new-look attacking team guaranteed to score goals, says Grant Ward

The Ipswich players celebrate Jordan Spence's goal at Millwall Picture Pagepix

The Ipswich players celebrate Jordan Spence's goal at Millwall Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Ipswich Town’s new-look side is guaranteed to score goals, says midfielder Grant Ward.

Grant Ward is enjoying playing in Ipswich Town's attacking system. Photo: Steve Waller

Grant Ward is enjoying playing in Ipswich Town's attacking system. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The Blues scored just 48 times in their 46 league games last season, with only the bottom two of Rotherham and Wigan drawing more blanks (17).

Manager Mick McCarthy vowed the entertainment value would improve this time around and there’s been plenty of evidence of that in the opening four wins against Birmingham, Luton (Carabao Cup), Barnsley and Millwall – the latter a thrilling 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Summer signings Joe Garner (2 in 3) and Martyn Waghorn (3 in 3) have hit the ground running following their arrivals from Scottish club Rangers, with the clinical Blues converting seven of their nine shots on target in the league.

In the second half at Oakwell, and from the start at The Den, McCarthy has played a front four – David McGoldrick in behind Garner and strikers Waghorn and Freddie Sears operating on the wings.

“I’m sure it was fun to watch and it was an exciting game to play in,” said Ward, who produced two fine assists in midweek. “We’ve got a very attacking team and I know we’re going to score goals.

“Garns and Waggy have added to the team. They’ve only been here a short time, but you can tell they are going to get goals. They’re poachers.

“You’ve seen already that we haven’t needed that many chances. In the past we needed to create a lot to score, but this year we’ve been really clinical.

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“I held it up (for the third goal) knowing Waggy would make that run because he’s a smart striker and near post is where a lot of goals are scored.

“In terms of the formation it’s not the most attacking team I’ve played in, but in terms of personnel it probably is.

“I knew we’d score a few on Tuesday. I’m sure the defence aren’t happy with me for not helping them out more, but this is a team that will definitely score goals.”

It’s been a perfect start for Town, but they have ridden their luck defensively at times and the level of opposition is now set to go up a notch with games against Brentford (home, Saturday), Crystal Palace (away in the Cup, Tuesday) and Fulham (home, next Saturday).

“It’s been a good start, but it’s still early doors and we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves,” said Ward. “We just want to get everyone back on board.”