Ipswich Town boss had plenty of praise for striker David McGoldrick as his Town side ran out 1-0 winners over Aston Villa courtesy of a late Emyr Huws strike.

Town were forced to wait until the 82nd minute when the on-loan Welsh striker directed McGoldrick’s cross to seal the three points.

The victory, Town’s first game in four games, also signalled an end to Villa’s unbeaten run at home.

Moments before McGoldrick set-up Huws, the Republic of Ireland international showed great composure to head Scott Hogan’s header off the line.

Speaking afterwards, a pleased Town boss said: “I said to Didz ‘you won us the game’. Okay, Emyr has done that by putting the ball in the net but Didz had a great part to play in it.

“He kept calm when he could have shot from the angle but is clever enough to pick out a pass like he did.

“He’s fit and right back at it now and he makes a big difference to us. I thought him and Tom Lawrence were excellent for us up front.”

“Emyr had added something to the team and so has Toums [Toumani Diagouraga]. They’ve made a big difference. They have been outstanding in the two games [Reading and Villa].”

The worries continue for Town, though, as defensive partners Steven Taylor and Christophe Berra were both forced off prior to the interval through injury.

“Tayls has got a hamstring and Bez took a knock in his face. It takes something for him to come off.

“I thought it was a penalty. He was on the end of the cross and was going to head it when an arm came across and he got smashed.

“Isn’t it great though when the players that came on, Jordan Spence and Myles [Kenlock] defend like they did. Jonas moved inside and did great as well. He can play left sided of a back three.”

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