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Super Martyn’s video game celebrations highlight Town’s togetherness

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 December 2017

Martyn 'Mario Kart' Waghorn celebrates his goal that gave Town a 3-2 lead over Forest.    Picture: STEVE WALLER

Martyn 'Mario Kart' Waghorn celebrates his goal that gave Town a 3-2 lead over Forest. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Martyn Waghorn’s goal celebration in Saturday’s victory over Nottingham Forest was far more than a declaration of he and his team-mates’ love of video games.

It also symbolised the togetherness of the Ipswich Town squad.

Waghorn netted his 10th of the season in the 4-2 victory over Forest, after which he sat on the Portman Road turf and pretended to drive a car with his team-mates huddled around him.

The former Rangers man revealed after the match that his celebration followed a team Mario Kart tournament held during the Blues’ journey to Derby on Tuesday night, while his ‘sniper’ display after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday represented a group game of Call of Duty.

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Martyn Waghorn celebrates with team-mates after his goal in Ipswich Town's 4-2 home win against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Steve Waller Martyn Waghorn celebrates with team-mates after his goal in Ipswich Town's 4-2 home win against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Steve Waller

“We had a long Mario Kart session on the way to Derby last Tuesday, so that’s where it came from,” he said. “It’s all a good bit of fun and maybe there will be another Mario Kart one next weekend if I get on the scoresheet.

“A few of the younger lads like Ben Morris and Tristan Nydam are kidding on that they’re decent, but skip (Luke Chambers) is the Mario Kart man at the moment so I’m chasing him down.

“But it’s a real good squad and a great set of lads and we get on great off the pitch as well which helps us on the pitch.

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Waghorn's strike took his tally for the season to 10.    Picture: STEVE WALLER Waghorn's strike took his tally for the season to 10. Picture: STEVE WALLER

“When you travel from Ipswich you have a lot of time when you are travelling, and when you have a family you need to use your time wisely when you go on these away trips.

“I can’t fault any of the boys in the dressing room, I’ve come in and settled really well and it’s a fantastic place to be.”

Waghorn’s strike took his season’s tally to 10 and moved the Blues up to seventh in the Championship table, with the striker believing his side can remain in the promotion mix between now and the end of the campaign.

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Martyn Waghorn celebrates with Ipswich Town fans after putting the Blues 3-2 up against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Steve Waller Martyn Waghorn celebrates with Ipswich Town fans after putting the Blues 3-2 up against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Steve Waller

“We are in a good area because we are looking forward,” he said.

“You see the schedule and it’s busy, so if you keep plugging away and pick up points and wins and go quietly about your business you will creep up.

“The squad is maybe a little bit thin with a few injuries but the boys who have come in have shown what a good squad we do have.

“But if we can keep everyone fit and go along like we have, nice and quiet, then hopefully we can sneak in there.”

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