McGoldrick’s the Ipswich jewel

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

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.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

MY BLUE HEAVEN: Daryl Murphy wraps up the points for Ipswich with a sec­ond goal

MISS: Mar­tyn Woolford of Mill­wall

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