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9 December 2016

Town out to solve goals problem as key part of the season approaches

Mick McCarthy says Town have to find a cutting edge and get the Blue Army enjoying their football again as the team goes into a key part of the season.

Blues take on Cardiff at Portman Road on Saturday in the first of six games over the next three weeks, with Town in 16th  - six points off the Play-Offs and five points above the drop zone. 

“We have only scored 17 goals all season and that tells the story of why we are where we are in the table,” Mick writes in his column in the matchday programme. 

“It’s not good enough. The foundations are there. We’ve kept eight clean sheets but we have not been putting the ball in the net at the other end. 

“We are working at it every day in training. We need to improve in that final third and we certainly need to get back amongst the goals, particularly with the strikers. 

“It’s easier to solve a problem of conceding goals than it is scoring goals. That’s why the strikers in football get paid the big bucks, that’s why clubs spend millions on buying players who can put the ball in the net on a regular basis. 

“Murph did that with 27 goals in the season we got in the top six. That’s why we got in the top six. It hadn’t happened before though and it hasn’t happened since. We have to find a way of getting those goals again and getting the fans back on our side, get everyone connected with Ipswich Town enjoying their football again.”

Saturday's matchday programme also carries a full length interview with Grant Ward, comment from Cole Skuse and Luke Chambers, plus the offer of a free mince pie at the Fulham game on Boxing Day.

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