A real Sylvain lining

NO one will be more surprised if Sylvain Legwinski scores at Burnley tomorrow, to make it four goals in as many games, than the player himself.The 33-year-old Ipswich star admitted: “It is very unusual for me and has never happened before in my career.

By Mel Henderson

NO one will be more surprised if Sylvain Legwinski scores at Burnley tomorrow, to make it four goals in as many games, than the player himself.

The 33-year-old Ipswich star admitted: “It is very unusual for me and has never happened before in my career.”

Official statistics show that the Frenchman had netted just 28 times in 354 appearances for Monaco, Bordeaux and Fulham before joining Ipswich on a free transfer this season.


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In just nine Championship appearances for Town, including one as a substitute, Legwinski has found the net three times in successive games.

He laughed: “I'm not a striker and I'm not supposed to score goals, but at this rate I will be the top scorer with more than 30 goals - no, I don't think so!

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“The other players are taking the mickey, of course, but I have told Alan Lee not to worry. I will not score too many goals and will leave some for him to get.

“My best is nine in one season when I was at Monaco but I am still a defensive midfielder. My main job is to protect the back four as best I can and to make sure we are strong defensively. The goals are a bonus.”

They certainly are when you

study the stats and Legwinski was shocked to head a similar goal at Plymouth on Tuesday to the one he netted in the 5-0 romp against Luton two days earlier.

He said: “You have to give credit to the excellent delivery from the corners by Matt Richards but it wasn't something we specifically worked on in training.

“When I scored against Luton I expected Plymouth to watch for me doing the same thing against them. Maybe I caught them cold in the first minute, I don't know.”

Legwinski's next target, rather than to carry on scoring, is to ensure Town remain undefeated for as long as possible.

He added: “Our aim must be to find a way of getting into the top six and then staying there if we can. If we complete a series of good results it can only help.

“We are not far away at the moment. We are still progressing but we are stronger defensively and not conceding too many goals, which is always a good thing.

“We need to be consistent. This still a young team and we must exploit the potential. The more good results we have, the more the self-belief and confidence will improve.”

Legwinski is one of the country's few bearded footballers and he has been that way for the past ten years - ever since leaving the army.

He explained: “I did 12 months national service in France and I had to be clean shaven then. As a sportsman there were some concessions but I still had to use the razor.

“It was strange being in the army. I was there from Monday to Thursday every week for a year and not being able to train the whole week with Monaco made it difficult.

“French footballers are lucky they don't have to do it now because they did away with national service a few years ago.”

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