The only way is up, says Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick

David McGoldrick celebrates his equaliser at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday

David McGoldrick celebrates his equaliser at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town should definitely be looking up the table, not over their shoulders.

That’s according to striker David McGoldrick after his strike rescued a 1-1 draw for the Blues at Bolton on Saturday.

It was a result which left the Blues an equidistant seven points between the play-off places and the relegation zone after 13 games.

Any disappointment at the lack of an away win still this season – just one in 19 this calendar year – has to be considered within the bigger picture.

This time last year, the Suffolk side were rock-bottom of the Championship table after claiming just seven points from their opening 13 league games. In stepped manager Mick McCarthy and, after saving the club from relegation to the third tier, he has transformed an erratic and loanee heavy side into a consistent one built on solid foundations.

“It’s like a broken record, every week we’re saying the same thing,” said McGoldrick, who took his goal tally for the club to 10 from 26 starts – this the first time he’s been on target away from Portman Road.

“At Sheffield Wednesday (1-1), Derby (4-4), even at the start of the season against the likes of Reading (1-2) and QPR (0-1), those are all games we could have got more from.

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“We have to take the positives and believe we’ll soon get that first away win. We definitely should looking up the table rather than down.”

He continued: “I thought we could have got something, but it’s a point away from home and even though Bolton aren’t quite at it at the moment (a point above the relegation zone and still winless at home) they could have dug out a win.”

Bolton had taken the lead through Medo’s 64th minute free-kick, meaning the Blues have kept just two clean sheets from their opening 13 league games of this campaign compared to the 12 from 22 at the back end of last season.

“When we look back at the DVD I think the wall could have done a bit better, so it’s fine details – as the gaffer keeps saying,” said McGoldrick. “But we’ve shown some character to come from 1-0 down against a team who were desperate to cling on for the win.

“It took us seven hours to travel up on the Friday so I dread to think how long it took the fans. They fork out a lot of money on petrol and tickets and we really appreciate the support from them. I’m glad we’ve given them something to celebrate.”

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