Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick happy to endure silent treatment

David McGoldrick shields the ball from Wes Morgan

David McGoldrick shields the ball from Wes Morgan - Credit: Archant

David McGoldrick is happy to endure the silent treatment from his close friend Wes Morgan, after the striker’s goal clinched victory for the Blues on Saturday.

The 25-year-old’s goal five minutes from time dented the Foxes’ automatic promotion hopes and provided a huge three points for Town who are looking to preserve their Championship status.

McGoldrick’s finish came after he capitalised on a mistake by Morgan who, having been involved in earlier clashes with Michael Chopra and Daryl Murphy, had clearly lost his composure.

Morgan was kicked by Chopra in an incident that went unnoticed by referee Darren Deadman and then received a blow to the head after going up for a high ball with Murphy.

A beaming McGoldrick, who is ineligible for tomorrow night’s clash at parent club, Nottingham Forest, grew up with Morgan as a youngster in Nottingham, but refused to hide his delight after grabbing just his second goal in an Ipswich shirt.

“I think Wes (Morgan) got in an incident with Michael Chopra and was saying that he got an elbow off Daryl Murphy,” said McGoldrick.

“He is a good friend, I rate him really highly and I think he is the best defender in the Championship, but luckily I was able to nick the ball off him and I will be thanking him with a little text later.

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“I was with him last Saturday, our families get on well, but he will not be too pleased at the moment and I don’t think I will hear from him for a while as he sulks a bit.”

The incidents prior to the goal brought a furious response from Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, who expressed his disappointment in the officials’ performances.

I’m not a sour grapes person, Mick’s doing a really good job here and I don’t want to look like I’m looking for excuses,” said Pearson.

“All I’ll say is I’ve seen the incidents again and it’s unfortunate they weren’t dealt with. I can understand Wes feeling a little hard done by.”