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Confident Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick targeting best-ever goals tally

PUBLISHED: 12:45 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:45 22 September 2017

David McGoldrick produced this fine outside of the boot finish to wrap up victory against Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road last weekend. Photo: Steve Waller

David McGoldrick produced this fine outside of the boot finish to wrap up victory against Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road last weekend. Photo: Steve Waller

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Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick feels he’s back ‘on song’ and is targeting his best ever goals haul this season.

The silky forward endured two years of injury frustration, but has shown signs at the start of this campaign he can reproduce his talismanic form of old on a consistent basis again.

McGoldrick netted 16 goals for the Blues back in 2013/14, but since then has not managed double figures.

He heads into tomorrow afternoon’s game at Championship table-toppers Leeds United already with four to his name in all competitions.

“I should have scored one more last weekend when I cut inside,” said the 29-year-old, whose neat outside of the boot finish goal wrapped up the 2-0 home win over Bolton. “Beating last year’s tally (five) isn’t my target, it’s way more than that. I know I should be scoring double figures.”

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Asked if he feels he can score 16 or more, he replied: “No doubt. I rate myself and my ability. The team needs to be playing well and creating chances and I’ve got to stay fit. But if that happens, why not?

“I’ve had some good performances, some not as good, but I do feel I’ve been on song a few times. This the best I’ve played for a while.”

McGoldrick – who recently became a father of four – began the season on the bench, but has started the last five league games. He’s played just off of Joe Garner, with fellow front men Freddie Sears and Martyn Waghorn either supporting from wide or sitting on the bench.

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“There have been some very good strikers during my time here, but this is maybe the best four we’ve had,” said the Republic of Ireland international. “Waggy has come in and scored goals, while Searsy came in here like a hurricane and still has that in his locker. I played with Garns at Forest and knew what he was all about. He’s a lunatic and is a great to go to war with.”

And having linked up well with Manchester City loanee Bersant Celina on occasions, McGoldrick added: “Bersant is a very technically gifted, clever player, but people forget it’s his first time playing first-team football in England. He played at Peterborough in pre-season and afterwards was like ‘wow, that’s frantic’. He’s got to get used to that. It’s not all nicey, nicey football. He’s learning every game that you have to do the dirty work at this football club.”

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