McGoldrick’s the Ipswich jewel
DAVID McGOLDRICK might have seen his dream of starring in the Premier League slip away on transfer deadline day.
But he once again proved he is Ipswich Town’s best hope of returning to the top flight after setting the Suffolk side on the way to three points with victory over lacklustre Millwall.
Despite two seasons of largely relying on free transfers and loan deals, Ipswich turned down an offer in excess of £8m for last season’s top scorer from Premier League new boys Leicester City.
But the gamble – in what would have been a club record transfer fee – could be a shrewd one after McGoldrick grabbed the opening goal on the stroke of half-time.
Ian Holloway’s men never fully recovered as Town dominated the second half, with Daryl Murphy adding a second to claim Ipswich's first win since the opening day of the season.
Delighted manager Mick McCarthy said: “David McGoldrick played properly, despite the disappointment.
“He has trained really well and that performance proves it – he was excellent again.
“They were the better team for the opening 30 minutes, but it was a very good win against a very good team.
“We grew into the game and we were by far the better team in the second half.”
Millwall should have gone in front on nine minutes.
Martyn Woolford’s closerange effort was saved by the legs of Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken and Jermaine Easter smashed the rebound against the crossbar.
A dour first half finally burst into life in the final minutes, with McGoldrick breaking the deadlock in injury time, albeit via an unfortunate deflection off Millwall centre-back Mark Beevers.
The points were wrapped up by Murphy on 63 minutes, poking the ball beyond Forde from close range after Millwall had failed to clear Christophe Berra’s header.
McCarthy paid particular praise to left-back Tyrone Mings, himself the subject of a deadline day bid from Crystal Palace, and 18-year-old midfielder Teddy Bishop.
He joked that the latter would not have played if he hadn’t put pen to paper on a new contract just 48 hours before kick-off.
The Town boss added: “Tyrone was different class and Teddy is a proper footballer.
“I needed to tie Teddy down as the scouts all come and watch good young players and Teddy is that.”
Millwall boss Holloway claimed his side’s response to the opening goal let him down.
He added: “The best team won. The longer it went on, the worse we got and I am surprised by that.
“Since I have been here, we have got people to stand up and have confidence: to keep going and keep going but we didn’t do that here.
“When a goal goes in, it is like you have been shot – and that first one was a fatal wound.
“You can see why they kept hold of McGoldrick – one chance and bang he scores and it’s the difference.”
MY BLUE HEAVEN: Daryl Murphy wraps up the points for Ipswich with a second goal
MISS: Martyn Woolford of Millwall