Waghorn closing in on his pre-season goal target but striker not concerned by personal statistics
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Leading scorer Martyn Waghorn is closing in on his pre-season goal target but remains focussed on success as a team rather than personal statistics.
The former Rangers striker took his tally to 12 as he ended a 15-game goal drought with a match-winning brace at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, ensuring he tops the Blues’ scoring charts heading into Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United.
While not revealing what his target was, Waghorn admitted he was closing in on his goal but insisted he is more concerned about the fortunes of his team rather than his own statistical success, as they look to maintain an outside chance of a play-off place against the Blades.
“I’m getting there now but I’m not going to say anything because I’m taking the games as they come and seeing where we go,” Waghorn said.
“It was nice to get back on the sheet and get that off my back because it’s been a while coming. Hopefully more will come.
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“I’m near enough it (my target) now, but the overall target is to keep pushing because there’s always a team who sneaks in the door into the play-offs at the last minute.
“We’re seven points off and we’re not ruling ourselves out of it but we’re not saying we’re firm favourites, either. We have some good fixtures coming up against teams we can take points off, so you never know.”
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Waghorn’s former Rangers team-mate Joe Garner sits behind him in the Blues’ scoring charts on 10, but the Ipswich No.9 insisted there is no real competition between the two when it comes to who is on top in the goals column.
“As funny as it sounds we’ve not really thought about (pushing to be top scorer) like that,” Waghorn said. “Garns is a different player to me and we both offer something different the team.
“Garns is a fantastic target man and for someone who’s not so big he puts himself about all the time and works so hard, giving his all for the cause.
“He’s a threat from my set plays and crosses when he gets in the box, so we’re different kind of players in that sense.
“It’s a team game so if we keep picking up the points, whoever scores the goals isn’t really important.”