Danny warms up nicely for Derby day

DANNY Haynes warmed up nicely for his usual goal fest against Norwich with Saturday's winner in the 2-1 victory over Derby County.It was his first penalty for the Ipswich senior side - and he admitted he had a few butterflies as he waited to convert the 88th minute kick.

By Elvin King

DANNY Haynes warmed up nicely for his usual goal fest against Norwich with Saturday's winner in the 2-1 victory over Derby County.

It was his first penalty for the Ipswich senior side - and he admitted he had a few butterflies as he waited to convert the 88th minute kick.

“It was a definite spot kick,” said Haynes, 19. “And as soon as the referee pointed to the spot I wanted the ball.


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“With regular penalty taker Alan Lee off the field I was determined to take it - I wanted to be the one. It was a knee-jerk reaction, and I felt nervous seconds before I was given the all-clear to take it.

“It was a big moment and sealed a thoroughly deserved win.

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“To come on and score the winning goal again is an incredible feeling - and it sets me up for Norwich on Sunday.

“Every goal is special but a late winner is extra special. It was such a buzz.”

Jonathan Walters, who linked well with man-of-the-match Francis Jeffers, had praise for both Haynes and Jeffers.

“Danny showed such a cool head,” said Walters, given a start place ahead of leading scorer Alan Lee.

“He can be devastating when he comes on, and he must now turn his substitute performances into his starting performances.

“This will come - the lad has a bright future.”

And 23-year-old Walters said of Jeffers: “He is a terrific player and I really hope he is still here next season.

“It will be a big bonus if his move can be made permanent.

“It is nice to have competition for places, which is healthy and keeps everybody on their toes.

“When your top scorer in on the bench it shows how fierce the competition currently is.”

Jeffers reiterated that his long-term future is in the hands of Blackburn boss Mark Hughes where he has a contract until June 2008.

“If I can leave Rovers in the summer I would love to move to Ipswich,” said Jeffers.

“We battered Derby for the first 20 minutes, and in the end we got the right result. I came here to play games, and goals are a bonus. I might have had more, but one will do.”

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