Haynes facing fight for goal
IPSWICH star Danny Haynes faces a fight to be credited with the winning goal from Sunday's memorable East Anglian derbytriumph.The 18-year-old Town striker claimed to get the final touch and force the ball over the line two minutes from time at Carrow Road.
IPSWICH star Danny Haynes faces a fight to be credited with the winning goal from Sunday's memorable East Anglian derby
The 18-year-old Town striker claimed to get the final touch and force the ball over the line two minutes from time at Carrow Road.
But most national newspapers put it down as a Gary Doherty own goal, suggesting the Norwich defender was last to make contact.
Town boss Joe Royle today promised the club will launch an appeal through The Football League in a bid to ensure young Haynes goes into the record books as the goalscorer.
Royle said: “It would be nice for Danny to be credited with the goal and it would preserve his record of having scored against Norwich at youth, reserve and first team levels in one season.
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“After the game all I kept hearing from the opposition end was that it was handball. Well, they can't have it both ways. To me that says Danny put the ball in the net, so it's his goal.
“I said to the players before Sunday's game that it was a game where heroes are made. As far as we're concerned Danny was our hero with the winning goal.”
Football League spokesman John Nagle confirmed the goal would remain credited to Doherty unless Ipswich made their move.
He added: “If the club secretary makes contact we will set the wheels in motion to look at the video and make a final decision.
“Our video panel sits down from time to time to clarify situations of this type. Their decision is binding.”
Royle said: “It is important that we sort this out for Danny's sake. The main thing is that we won the game and picked up three points, but it is also important that the record books get it right.
“Years from now we want people to know that Danny scored a dramatic late winner. The secretary is already on to it!”
If League bosses agree, the goal at Norwich was Haynes' second in as many games and his third in a season which has seen him grab his big chance.
But he is a major doubt for the visit of Burnley to Portman Road on Saturday when Town will be seeking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
The London-born youngster was injured before the winning goal went in at Norwich and it is feared that he has damaged ankle ligaments.
A scan confirmed there is no break but Haynes will wear a support for two days before physio David Williams reassesses the situation later in the week.
But Royle has decided against using the emergency loan market to bring in a seasoned replacement on a short-term basis.
He said: “Danny might miss out against Burnley but we have Sam Parkin back in training and Adam Proudlock is also available.
“I thought about bringing in a high-profile replacement for a month but at the same time I don't want to do anything that will hinder Danny's progress.”
TOWN reserves are in action tonight at Leicester, kick-off 7pm. Adam Proudlock is still feeling the effects of a flu bug, while Kevin Horlock misses out with an ankle injury. Gerard Nash is likely to feature after his loan stint at Hartlepool was ended.