Bristol City v Ipswich: THE ‘Mac Attack’ have been warned – score goals or the strike partnership will be split up.

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January additions David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean have started the last two matches up front for Ipswich Town, but they failed to find the net in draws against Cardiff and Barnsley.

Michael Chopra, Daryl Murphy and fellow new boy Frank Nouble are all champing at the bit – and Blues boss Mick McCarthy says he won’t be afraid to mix things up if necessary.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s match at rock-bottom Championship side Bristol City, he said: “We’ve got five of them (strikers) haven’t we? If we find a really good partnership I’ll stick with that. If it doesn’t work, I’ll try something else.”

McGoldrick – who is currently on loan but will sign a two-year year deal in the summer – scored 17 goals in 25 appearances on loan for League One club Coventry City in the first half of the season.

The 25-year-old scored just eight goals in English football’s second tier for previous club Nottingham Forest though, while Mclean – on loan from Hull and short of match fitness after dropping down the pecking order at the KC Stadium – has found the net just nine times in 76 league appearances for the Tigers.

“Aaron has not had the games that David’s had and it’s looked that way in terms of match sharpness,” said McCarthy.

“Aaron is a real handful though and I think David has got better in the games. He played well last week (in the 1-1 home draw with Barnsley).”

Town are the lowest scoring side in the Championship with just 28 goals from 28 games, with over a third of those having been provided by recent QPR loanee striker DJ Campbell – who scored 10 goals in 17 matches.

Murphy and Chopra have provided five and three league goals respectively this season, while Jason Scotland – who has just left the club – also scored one. Just three goals have come from midfielders (Luke Hyam, Guirane N’Daw and Jay Emmnauel-Thomas with one apiece), while five have come from defence (Aaron Cresswell (2), Luke Chambers (2) and Tommy Smith).

– Follow @Stuart_Watson and @ChrisBramms for live match updates from Ashton Gate.

6 comments

  • it seems noticable the lower norwich sink in the table the more bitter and twisted stereos comments on town become .COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Steroo, witty possibly, near the truth, sometimes, insulting offensive and boring always!

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    threenewknees

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Threenewknees if Steroo is witty I am Ghengis Khan. Repetitive is a more accurate adjective. I am going to use his delightful description of MM by calling him Rob the No Wit and Boring Comments Man.

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    bristan

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • We get Mclean from Hull while they will almost certainly get DJ Cambell from QPR. Well done ITFC.

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    Brian Betts

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • How I love reading Rob Steroo's comments. Not only is he witty and acerbic he's nearly always painfully close to the truth, at least in part. Whilst I have become an admirer of MM during his time at Portman Road, Rob's comments illustrate the real issue of short term loanee's. DJC did a good job for us, not only in scoring goals but bringing others to the fore such as Murphy.Now that partnership has been dissolved and we have to start again with two people who have never played together before and one of whom is terribly short of match fitness.I still think to finish fourth from bottom will be a really excellent result and I have a hunch that Rob Steroo could well be Marcus Evans in disguise. Keep up the good work Rob.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • A bit of perspective might be needed here... the 'mac attack' are a couple of strangers moonlighting in a low-scoring 'team' some of whom are also transient rejects, others of whom await Mick the No Credibility Man's next pointless loan. Telling a couple of mercenaries that you'll be getting in a couple more if they fail to do what they have consistently failed to do for their entire careers is, I would suggest, an empty threat from a gravy train riding manager coasting his way to season's end.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

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