Trac­tor Boys en­joy best open­ing run since 2002

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nate Wil­liams

PSWICH Town man­ager Mick McCarthy hailed the per­for­mances of strik­ers David McGoldrick and Martyn Waghorn as Ip­swich came from be­hind to beat Barns­ley at Oak­well.

The duo came on in the sec­ond half to can­cel out Tom Brad­shaw’s early header and give the Trac­tor Boys their best start to a sea­son since 2002.

“I was tempted to change it be­fore­hand but I wanted to see the half out,” said McCarthy.

“My strik­ers de­serve the credit. They sat on the bench, prob­a­bly think­ing they should be play­ing, but their re­sponse in the sec­ond half was bril­liant.

“Hecky (Barns­ley man­ager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom) got his tac­tics right against us in the first half. They had the bet­ter of the chances, we were lucky to get away with it. Bart Bialkowski kept us in it, cer­tainly just be­fore half-time with that one-on-one. He’s a wizard in the net. He’s un­be­liev­able. I say he’s a wizard – he’s more like an oc­to­pus.”

Barns­ley’s Brad­shaw was ea­ger to get on the score­sheet right from the kick-off as he had the first chance in­side two min­utes, but when Ge­orge Mon­cur’s de­flected shot fell kindly to him, he headed over.

How­ever, the 25-year-old’s pa­tience was soon re­warded when a mis­fired shot from Ryan Hedges found its way to him at the far post, and he nod­ded into an open net for his third goal of the sea­son.

“I’m pleased with how Tom Brad­shaw’s do­ing,” said Barns­ley boss Heck­ing­bot­tom. “He strug­gled to find the net in pre­sea­son but now he’s got two goals to his name. I’ll be us­ing him and Ike Ugbo more this sea­son.”

Two min­utes be­fore the con­clu­sion of the first half, Brad­shaw ran free of the Ip­swich de­fence and turned provider as he set up Mon­cur to un­leash a low drive that was ex­pertly saved by Bialkowski to deny Barns­ley a two-goal lead.

McCarthy de­cided to in­ject more ex­pe­ri­ence into his team for the sec­ond half by bring­ing on vet­eran striker McGoldrick and ex-Rangers man Waghorn. And they both turned the game on its head.

McGoldrick, who al­ready has two goals to his name af­ter scor­ing a dou­ble at Lu­ton in the Carabao Cup on Tues­day, turned in Jonas Knud­sen’s left wing cross with a pow­er­ful vol­ley to level the scores.

And with 20 min­utes to play, Waghorn found him­self through on goal and the pro­lific scorer was in no doubt where he was go­ing as he con­fi­dently slot­ted the ball into the bot­tom right­hand cor­ner.

Barns­ley’s best chance to sal­vage a draw fell to Ugbo, the 18-year-old striker on loan from Chelsea, but he strug­gled to get on the end of a good de­liv­ery.

And Heck­ing­bot­tom said he was dis­gusted to lose in such a man­ner af­ter per­form­ing well in the first 45 min­utes.

“I just feel de­flated,” he said. “I thought we would have done enough to win the game but we came un­stuck in the sec­ond half.

“The sick­en­ing thing about get­ting beat like this is they had two shots on goal and we had plenty more in the first half.

“We did more in that first half to win the game but this re­sult tells us that isn’t good enough in this league and we have to do bet­ter.”

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