Cole Skuse finally opened his Ipswich Town account in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Cardiff City, but was more pleased that it contributed to three vital points.Skuse's superb strike was sandwiched in between goals from Freddie Sears and the Sky Bet Championship's top scorer, Daryl Murphy, and it proved to be the match-winner after Eoin Doyle had replied for the Bluebirds.
“Obviously I’m delighted with my goal, but the points are the main thing,” Skuse told the club's official website.
“A goal from me has been a long time coming and I’ve taken a fair amount of stick in the dressing-room!”
It certainly has been a long wait – Skuse had gone 81 appearances without scoring, since his move from Bristol City in the summer of 2013. But it was worth the wait, as the midfielder connected sweetly from long distance and watched his effort fly in off the far post.
The three points were crucial – the win, combined with defeats for Wolves and Brentford, have given Mick McCarthy's side a three-point cushion over those two sides now in seventh and eighth, and it's a trip to Molineux this weekend for sixth-placed Tractor Boys.
“Tonight was a huge win for us and I thought everyone was in it together, from the pitch right up to the fans on the terraces.
“I thought, second half especially, we were really professional and solid in the way we went about our work and it was topped off with Murph’s goal at the end there.
“We can’t take anything for granted though and we will be getting ready for another massive game on Saturday against Wolves.”