David explains his 'hunger' for goals and why competition for places is a good thing
David McGoldrick has admitted he is ‘feeling sharp’ and is hoping to make his league debut for Town against Cardiff City tomorrow.
The striker has checked in at Portman Road on loan from Nottingham Forest, with a view to making the move permanent in the summer, after taking in a similar spell at League One side Coventry City where he was the Sky Blues’ top scorer.
David signed on the same day as Aaron Mclean and with another striker arriving at Portman Road in the shape of Frank Nouble, the frontman knows it will be a challenge to break into the side.
“There are a lot of strikers here so I know it will be hard to get into the team but it’s a challenge that I welcome,” David told the Club website.
“I think having that competition is always healthy and we’ve got a good blend of type of strikers, which I think is a good thing.
“I’ve settled in well with all the lads and I’m fit and raring to go if called upon by the gaffer. Obviously I have been playing regularly at Coventry so match fitness isn’t an issue for me.
“The spell at Coventry really helped me. I scored quite a few goals and it helped me get my confidence and sharpness back and I feel back to my best.
“It reignited my hunger for the game and I’m ready to take that into my performances for Ipswich.”
Stephen Henderson will miss the trip to south Wales with an ankle injury, meaning that Scott Loach is likely to keep his place between the sticks for Town. Midfielder Andy Drury is fit again after a spell sidelined with a virus and will compete with Nigel Reo-Coker, Guirane N’Daw and Luke Hyam for a place in the starting line-up. Bradley Orr is available again after missing the FA Cup defeat to Aston Villa, whilst new signing Frank Nouble will be vying for a place in the travelling party.
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay will again be without striker Nicky Maynard, who is a long-term injury victim. Tommy Smith is now back in training and could be part of the Bluebirds squad. Craig Bellamy and Craig Noone are again expected to be the main players to provide attacking support to striker Heidar Helguson.
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One to watch
Peter Whittingham. The midfielder has clocked up over 250 appearances for the Bluebirds since moving to south Wales from Aston Villa in 2007. Possesses a deadly left-foot and is both a scorer and provider of goals, as well as showing his ability from set-piece situations. A real key player for Cardiff, Whittingham likes to dictate play from deep and stopping the supply line to him could help influence the game in Town’s favour.
Referee: Scott Mathieson
Assistants: Paul Hobday and Andy Hendley
Fourth Official: Andy Davies
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