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INTERVIEW: Matty Godden looking forward to Portman Road return this weekend

Godden scored the winner against Ipswich last time out...

1 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Matty Godden looking forward to Portman Road return this weekend

Godden scored the winner against Ipswich last time out...

1 December 2023

Matty Godden is looking forward to heading back to Portman Road this weekend for the first time since 2020.

The last time City faced Ipswich, it would prove to be their final fixture before the season was curtailed and they were named League One champions.

Godden scored the only goal of the game that weekend, but he knows things have changed for both sides since their last meeting.

Heading back to Portman Road this weekend…

“I’m looking forward to going back to be honest. Back-to-back wins for us boys and it’s something that we can look forward to now and obviously we've got very good memories down there.”


Things changing in those last four years…

“My games probably changed a little bit since then and you have to when you make the step up, it's such tactical league this one and my games changed but nothing changes mentally for me, I just want to score goals and help the boys.”


The mood changing after back-to-back wins…

“The place wasn't too down if I'm totally honest. We all know how we've been performing, and you go back to the Bristol City game, and we lost one nil, but it was massively against the run of play and we should have been five nil up at halftime to be honest, and then it changes that whole sequence of five games.

“We had a little tough run but then draw at home to Stoke and that has got us back on track a little bit and obviously the back-to-back wins help massively.”


Facing Ipswich on Saturday…

“We know it's obviously going to be a tough game and they're doing really well, but I said to the boys and the Gaffer yesterday, that psychologically for me, and the way that I look at it is I said the same at Millwall.

“We went to Millwall, and we had a meeting before, and I just said psychologically, I know results haven't gone for us, but we go to we go to Millwall where we've enjoyed playing in the past and it's the same with Ipswich really.

“We've enjoyed going down there in the past and I just look at that psychologically and we're going to look forward to going in there and trying to do what we need to do.

“I know they’re a different team now but like I said, my mentality is we go there we don't sit back, and we try and take the game to them.”


The change in formation…

“When I first came to the football club that's what we played, and I just try and occupy the two centre halves.

“I might not see the ball as much. I saw the ball a lot on Saturday against Millwall but then not so much of it against Plymouth, but it's just about just trying to stay alive in the 18-yard box and occupy the two centre halves and when needed, get involved in it.

“It's something that I enjoy doing, playing up there on my own, with Haji and whoever else on the other side.”


Haji Wright scoring the winner on Tuesday night…

“It’s always going to be difficult coming over from different countries and you don't know the division and it's a tough league. We all know that.

“It's very demanding but he's starting to come out of his shell a lot more now and obviously I was delighted for him.

“I said that to him after the game when he managed to get a goal at Plymouth just to settle down a bit because I know what it's like because as a striker I hadn't scored for a few games before Millwall.

“I'm experienced enough to know that it happens and look at Viktor last year, he went 10 games without a goal, it happens but it shouldn't stop you, if you score one usually you can go on another little run so I'm hoping for Haji and myself that we can carry on.”



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