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Ipswich Town end goal drought during victory against already-relegation Swindon Town




Just like the famous saying with regards to London buses, Ipswich Town waited ever so long for a goal and then all of a sudden two come along at once.

It's been a miserable run in front of goal for the Tractor Boys, who made the trip to already-relegated Swindon Town this afternoon having failed to find the net in any of their previous six League One outings.

However, the drought was finally ended at the County Ground, where James Norwood – with the captain's armband wrapped around his bicep – bagged a goal in either half, though he did also miss the chance to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot.

James Norwood scored both of Ipswich's goals at Swindon. Picture: Barry Goodwin
James Norwood scored both of Ipswich's goals at Swindon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Brett Pitman, who scored 15 goals during his 70 appearances in an Ipswich shirt, ensured a nervy finish when he halved the deficit for the hosts in the 71st minute, but Ipswich held out for a 2-1 victory – their first three points since overcoming Bristol Rovers by the same scoreline on Good Friday.

It was a welcome win for boss Paul Cook after enduring a tough start to life in the Ipswich dugout. He's stated on numerous occasions how he intends to make wholesale changes in the summer, and he reiterated that message at the final whistle.

Speaking to BBC Radio Suffolk, Cook said: "It's going to be a difficult couple of games finishing off but to come away from home and win is important. You get criticism levelled at you as staff, myself, the players and it hurts – it does hurt.

Today's victory was manager Paul Cook's third since he took charge. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Today's victory was manager Paul Cook's third since he took charge. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Whatever we've offered up over my period and the previous period under other managers, it hasn't been good enough and I include myself in that.

"Going forward it will change. Whether it changes and we go and do great, that remains to be seen, but it certainly will change.

"Winning is everything, winning in football is huge. You've got to want to win and create moments to win and take chances when they come.

"Again, with our flair players – and I keep saying the same thing – managers want to trust players. But to trust a player he's got to deliver. If you want to play for big clubs nowadays the reality is you must create and score goals in flair positions and defensive solidity – you've got to get it right at both ends."

Meanwhile, BBC Radio Suffolk co-commentator Ian Atkins – a former Ipswich captain – praised match-winner Norwood for his endeavour over the course of the 90 minutes.

"In Norwood, what he did offer was an effort and a willingness – what I call a lower-league striker," he said.

"He was willing to go in behind defenders and down the side of defenders – basically push them back towards their own goal.

"We all like to see great football at times but you have to have the players to do it, whatever level you're at. But you also need people who are willing to stretch people, cause people problems. Goals at this level aren't always scored by wonderful play.

"It's a little bit of pressure football as well, making people make mistakes – ie the second goal that Ipswich scored when Norwood read the situation well and toe-poked it in from about 12 yards.

"He might lack what I would call that real genuine quality, but today he showed and willingness and effort that basically sparked them off from the front a little bit."

On Tuesday, Cook's men will play their final away match of 2020/21 when they travel to Shrewsbury Town (7pm) in the knowledge that it is now mathematically impossible for them to make the play-offs.

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