Walters happy to be the grafter

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters has volunteered to do all the donkey work as long as David Healy continues to put the ball into the net.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters has volunteered to do all the donkey work as long as David Healy continues to put the ball into the net.

“I'll do all the hard work he wants,” said Walters as he took a break from preparing for today's Championship game against Bristol City at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

“David is a great lad and a sniffer in front of goal. Along with Daryl Murphy he's a quality player. They have already netted four times between them, and I'm sure they'll be plenty more before the end of the season.

“I say bring them on. They have slotted in nicely and if David wants someone to do all the hard work I'm his man.”

Games are coming thick and fast with a rare midweek break next week because of friendly internationals.

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The activity suits Walters, who is joint leading Town scorer with Jon Stead on six goals.

“I love playing Saturday and then Tuesday and then Saturday again,” added Walters. “We don't do too much training between games with the coaches well on top of the situation.

“We have some big games coming up and we must focus on moving up the table.”

Walters says that he is satisfied with the seven point haul from the recent run of four consecutive away games and with eight of the remaining 14 games at home he wants to give fans plenty to cheer at Portman Road.

Town have been unbeaten at home since September, and Walters went on: “We're looking forward to playing in front of our own fans again.

“Our away support has been superb, and if we show the same on Saturday as we have in recent away games - Peterborough accepted - we can hopefully give them something to shout about.

“They might not have been the prettiest games to watch on difficult pitches, but we have a more solid look about us now.”

Walters will be well aware of the threat that ex-Town striker Danny Haynes offers, and he said: “Danny has real pace and I'm sure he's looking forward to a return to Portman Road.

“But it'll be 11 against 11 and it's an opportunity for us to show what progress we've made.”

Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins thought that Walters had committed a foul prior to Healy's equaliser, but the Town man said:

“No, it was a perfectly good goal. Their guy was falling backwards and I was trying to hook my foot around the ball.

“Nigel was physio when I played on loan at Scunthorpe and he comes from the same part of the world as I do.

“He's a top man and he sent me a cheeky text about our goal after the game. It's been nice that Scunthorpe have kept faith with so many of their staff who were there when I was on loan there.”