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6 August 2016

'We knew he had goals in him' said Mick as new Blue grabs debut hat-trick

Mick McCarthy said he knew Grant Ward had goals in him - but perhaps not a hat-trick on his debut!

The 21-year-old scored with his first touch after coming on as a half-time substitute and went on to become the first Town debutant since Colin Viljoen almost 50 years ago to score a hat--trick in his first appearance. 

“If he hadn’t scored the goals, he still would have played well,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“We knew when we signed him that he had goals in him but I can’t say I was expecting a hat-trick on his debut!

“We need more goals from midfield and we think he can get five or six in the season, well he’s halfway there already. 

“I think he will be a really god signing for us and it was great to see two other debutants out there as well. Conor Grant has got a wand of a left foot and Adam Webster will be a good signing for us. I think he noticed the difference in the step up in class but he’ll be fine.

“We were perhaps fortunate to be level at the break. Bart made a wonder save for us and  Barnsley played well. 

“Bish [Teddy Bishop] and Kevin Bru had both been booked. Kevin was lucky he didn’t get a second yellow so we changed it around and it paid off. 

“It was a Carlsberg moment for Grant and he has come off getting all the selfies. It’s a great debut for him but the most important thing is the three points.”

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can see the full interview with Mick now.

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