Ipswich Town: 'Stage was set' for Jonny Williams scoring return

Jonny Williams celebrates scoring against Sheffield Wednesday
Williams has now scored once in each loan spell with Ipswich

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was not surprised by Jonny Williams's goal-scoring return to the club.

Williams, 20, marked the start of his second loan spell by scoring a 62nd-minute equaliser in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

"He's quality. We're delighted to have him," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I know every Ipswich fan around the world is delighted to see Jonny Williams is back. The stage was set for him to score the equaliser."

Crystal Palace midfielder Williams played 13 times and became a fan favourite at Portman Road during a loan spell last season.

Two sets of fives
Ipswich took five points from their first five games of the season.
They have taken 13 points from their five games since then, and are unbeaten in their last six.

It took the Wales international just four minutes after coming on as a substitute at Hillsborough to score with a half-volley off the post.

However, his introduction into the game took longer than it should have, with the officials not happy with Williams's number 50 shirt.

"I think we put him down as 15. I think [assistant manager] Terry Connor probably couldn't believe he was number 50, so he had the wrong number on, but hey ho," said McCarthy, whose side are fifth in the Championship.

"I'm not bothered what number he's wearing - Jonny can have a fiver out of the till if he wants.

"They wouldn't let him on with that number, so he had to put the spare blood shirt on, which was a little bit too big for him.

"It didn't matter, did it? Because he went on and changed the game for us."

Williams, who has been named in Chris Coleman's latest Wales squad, had to come off before the final whistle with an injury.

"He's got a tight groin. I don't think it's a problem. It might rule him out for Sunday (for the trip to Nottingham Forest), but if it does, he's got a two-week break," said McCarthy.

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