JET’S desire epitomises Ipswich Town - Henderson

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Credit: Archant

Nottingham Forest v Ipswich: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’ heroics at the weekend caught Stephen Henderson by surprise, but more importantly epitomised the team spirit at Portman Road.

The big forward could come into Mick McCarthy’s thoughts for tonight’s trip to Nottingham Forest, especially with David McGoldrick ineligible and skipper, Carlos Edwards struggling with a groin injury.

Prior to the weekend’s 1-0 victory against Leicester, Emmanuel-Thomas had been left out in the cold by McCarthy, following an abject display for the reserves.

However, after making his return as a late substitute, the former Arsenal winger, who has been criticised for his laid-back approach, removed the shackles to make a last-gasp, goal-saving tackle to ensure the Blues secured all three points.

“I had to look twice when I saw it happen,” joked Henderson.

“I watched it back and it was definitely going to be a goal as he (Andy King) was quite close in when he shot.

“I am happy for JET also as he has had a tough time not playing.

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“But that incident sums up our team spirit at the minute, someone like Jay throwing his body in the way of the opposition.

“It’s great to see.”

Meanwhile, Henderson has revealed he would take being out of the limelight if it meant the Blues were winning every week.

The former Portsmouth goalkeeper has made some point-saving stops in recent weeks as Town have continued their resurgence under McCarthy.

But Henderson said: “I would gladly go a full season without making a save.

“We were a bit too exposed previously, but are a lot more solid now.”

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