Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness was the hero for his loan club Ipswich Town this weekend, scoring the winning goal in a crucial 1-0 win over Burton Albion.
In what was manager Paul Lambert’s first game back at the club following a battle with Covid-19, the Gunners youngster ensured all three points went back to Portman Road by powering home a header to secure the victory.
It was the first goal in McGuinness’s professional career and clearly one he was very pleased with.
“I thought it was a good day at the office, particularly for me personally,” McGuinness told the club website. “As a defender I pride myself on clean sheets, and to get the goal was fantastic.”
With Lambert still recovering from the impact of coronavirus, Ipswich assistant manager Stuart Taylor, not the former Arsenal number 2, did the post-match press duties and had high praise for McGuinness’s teammate Toto Nsiala for how they dealt with the Brewers’ dangerous striker Kane Hemmings.
“I thought Toto was our standout player along with Mark McGuinness,” Taylor told the Ipswich Star. “They were a tower of strength against a striker with a real presence.
“There was a lot of good defensive play today and a lot of good out of possession stuff.”
The 20-year-old Republic of Ireland youngster has had an impressive season with the Tractor Boys since arriving in the summer.
Arsenal clearly believe that the youngster from Slough could have the potential to make it in the game and this spell at Ipswich will undoubtedly be a major learning curve.
Yesterday’s fixture might end up a huge milestone in his career going forward.