There's more to come from me, says Jonathan Douglas

Jonathan Douglas

Jonathan Douglas

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Jonathan Douglas has assured fans there is more to come from him as he aims to establish himself in the Ipswich Town first team this season.

The 33-year-old experienced an up-and-down first season at the club and came under fire from certain sections of supporters – manager Mick McCarthy believing the Irishman was an easy target for blame at times.

However, the former Brentford man was arguably Town’s best outfield player in the draws at Wolves and at home to Norwich, and will hope to keep his place for tomorrow’s Championship home game against Preston.

Douglas seems more suited to playing in Town’s current 4-3-3 formation, which allows him to make runs into attacking areas from deep positions. He wrongly had a goal disallowed for offside against Norwich last Sunday, and is hoping to kick on after a promising start to this campaign.

“There were a few games last season where I felt really at home, but it’s tough when you join a different team, with a different formation, who have a different way of playing,” he said.

“It takes time to gel and there’s a lot more to come from me. I’m sure that if we’re winning, that won’t be down to any one individual.

“I am aware of it (criticism from fans) and it’s hard to avoid it when you are on social media but it’s part and parcel of being a footballer. If they’re (fans) not happy, we are not happy either.”

Douglas scored three goals last season for the Blues and thinks Town’s style of play could help him notch even more this season.

“I suppose it (playing 4-3-3) gives me licence to get into the box and chip in with the odd goal here and there,” he added.

“As long as we can create chances, with Wardy (Grant Ward) and Freddie (Sears) playing the way we do and Murph (Daryl Murphy) getting on the end of scraps, hopefully we can score goals.”

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