Dan is the man for Town
FOUR-GOAL Ipswich teenager Danny Haynes will be unleashed on rock-bottom Brighton at Portman Road on Saturday.
FOUR-GOAL Ipswich teenager Danny Haynes will be unleashed on rock-bottom Brighton at Portman Road on Saturday, writes Mel Henderson.
He needs just one more goal to join leading marksmen Jimmy Juan and Sam Parkin, who have netted five apiece this season.
The 18-year-old striker is poised for only his sixth senior start against the struggling Seagulls after a double blast in last night's 2-1 reserve win over Norwich at Carrow Road.
Haynes partnered fit-again Nicky Forster, who returned to action for the first time this year, as he maintained his scoring record against the Canaries.
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The Londoner, a one-time Norwich trialist, has netted against them at youth, reserve and first team levels this season.
Delighted boss Joe Royle, said: “Last night's result and display was a much-needed fillip.
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“Danny seems to be conducting his own private war with Norwich, while Fozzie's return was a tremendous bonus.
“He looked strong and sharp and he gave their two central defenders a torrid time.
“We didn't have a weakness. From one to 11 we were outstanding and it really cheered me up. The scoreline definitely flattered Norwich who had a few experienced players in their team.”
Royle was reluctant to commit himself regarding Haynes, and whether or not he will feature in Town's starting line-up on Saturday.
However, I understand the youngster will get the nod - and Royle is not ruling out the possibility of Forster being among the substitutes.
He added: “Fozzie was excellent last night. He had a few shots, he led the line well and he headed on for Danny to score the first goal.
“We will see how he is today and whether there is any reaction before we talk about the possibility of him being on the bench.”
Forster said: “I was very pleased with the way it went, but I need a few more games to get up to full pace.
“We have four games left and if I can be involved in at least three of those then I would be delighted.”
Royle knows he will have to juggle his modest resources as Town follow up Saturday's game with a trip to Watford 48 hours later.
He said: “When we have two games in three days one or two of the players find it harder than others. With that in mind there will be changes.”
Royle indicated that Norwegian midfielder Vemund Brekke Skard will make his first start, while def-ender Jay McEveley is also a certain starter in one of the two Easter fixtures.
Ipswich fans can take part in the annual player of the year poll on the website - www.itfcsupporters.c
o.uk - and will also be able to cast their votes at the game against Brighton on Saturday.