Danny hungry for goals

DANNY Haynes wants to celebrate his call-up to the England Under-19 squad with a starting place - and a goal - against Chester tonight.The Ipswich youngster is poised for his international debut when Poland are the visitors to Dean Court, Bournemouth, for a friendly clash on February 6.

By Mel Henderson

DANNY Haynes wants to celebrate his call-up to the England Under-19 squad with a starting place - and a goal - against Chester tonight.

The Ipswich youngster is poised for his international debut when Poland are the visitors to Dean Court, Bournemouth, for a friendly clash on February 6.

But for the time being he would like nothing more than to get among the goals for Town, starting with tonight's FA Cup third replay against the League Two outfit.

Committed to reverting to a 4-4-2 formation after operating at Sunderland with a lone striker, Town boss Jim Magilton must decide who partners Alan Lee in attack.

It looks like being a straight choice between teenage pair Haynes and Billy Clarke, although Gary Roberts is another option he could consider.

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Haynes said: “My aim is to get in the team and then stay there. When my chance comes along - and I hope it's tonight - I must grab it with both hands.

“We have every incentive to beat Chester, with Swansea at home in the fourth round if we get through, and I'm desperate to get out there from the word go.

“I'm a confidence player and my confidence is high at the moment.”

Haynes has netted twice this season, both goals coming in the East Anglian derby win over Norwich, and he admitted: “It's time I scored again.

“I have been spending extra time out on the training ground - 15 to 30 minutes at the end of sessions - with Steve Foley.

“I like him a lot and he has helped me a lot. We have worked on my touch and my finishing, and over the last couple of weeks I believe I have improved a fair bit.”

Magilton made special mention of the young Londoner, who turns 19 on Friday, when he stated: “Danny is maturing all the time and he is getting better and better. He is such a threat with his pace and he just needs a goal.”

Chester, who suffered a 1-0 home defeat to promotion-chasing Wycombe at the weekend, will be without central defender Ashley Westwood after he suffered a hamstring injury in that game.

Paul Linwood is likely to replace him while Lee Steele, on loan from Leyton Orient and ineligible for the first game ten days ago, is now clear to play and may be preferred to Gregg Blundell.

Boss Mark Wright also has fitness concerns over midfielder Dean Bennett and that could see Sean Hessey claim a place in the starting line-up.

Icelandic goalkeeper Oskar Petursson, who has been at Portman Road for almost two years, has been released by Ipswich along with other Academy youngsters Tony Boto, Luke Webster and Ian Nimmo.

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