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2 aerial duels won: The Ipswich Town star who inspired important win at Sheffield Wednesday



Ipswich Town kept alive their faint play-off hopes thanks to a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday that came courtesy of a Martyn Waghorn brace.

The former Rangers striker gave the visitors the lead in the second half before Lucas Joao equalised for the Owls.

However, Waghorn was on hand to score the winner with just seven minutes left to play.

By doing so, it extends the remarkable record that manager Mick McCarthy has at Hillsborough, where he has never lost as a manager.

The two goals take Waghorn to 12 for the season, out alone as the Tractor Boys top scorer, although as our graphic shows, he didn’t have the best game in Yorkshire last night.

You would expect a striker with his physicality to win more than two aerial duels in 89 minutes, particularly as Ipswich often go long.

As well as that, a 61.1% pass success rate is another figure that isn’t too impressive. It highlights how he was wasteful with the ball even if he was regularly under pressure.

Yet, that doesn’t matter as much when you score two goals from just four shots, demonstrating how clinical he was in front of goal.

So, whilst it may not have been his finest all-round performance, Waghorn did what mattered for Ipswich and will hope to go on a strong run until the end of the season now.

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