Peterborough United’s two-goal star enjoyed one of the most memorable games of his career at Ipswich Town
Peterborough United’s on-loan star Sammie Szmodics admits scoring twice in a 4-1 win at Ipswich Town yesterday (February 1) is right up there with the best moments of his professional career.
Szmodics spent six years at Colchester United - fierce local rivals of Ipswich - before joining Bristol City last summer, from where he moved to Posh last month.
The 24-year-old has now scored four goals in his last three Posh matches, but he’ll do well to match the personal euphoria from yesterday’s game.
Szmodics scored a goal in each half and celebrated with gusto in front of both sets of supporters. His first arrived after a goalkeping howler and the second after linking up with fellow forwards Ivan Toney and Siriki Dembele.
“This is one of my most memorable matches for sure,” Szmodics said. “I played at Colchester for years so I was aware of a big rivalry.
“I’d never played at Portman Road before though so when I signed for Posh I was buzzing to see Ipswich away was one of the fixtures we had left.
“I just wanted to score so to get two is brilliant. We’ve now beaten the top three sides in the league in the last fortnight and that is an amazing feeling.
“I was at Braintree with the Ipswich goalkeeper (Will Norris) so I read him like a book when he tried to do a Cruyff turn on me. I had been getting some stick from the Ipswich fans so I just gave them a bit of banter back after I scored.
“In all seriousness Ipswich are a great club with a big fanbase so to turn them over 4-1 is some effort.
“My second goal was a great pass from Siriki after Ivan had won a header and I just took it early before the goalkeeper could get set as I could hear someone coming up behind me and thankfully the ball went in the corner.
“I loved scoring in front of the Ipswich fans, but it was even better to score in front of 1,900 Posh fans. They were great again.
“Our gameplan was to press them high and it worked a treat. We have legs and energy and we are looking like a good side.
“We are really coming together as a team. We are scoring goals and confidence is high. The midfielders have a lot of freedom now so we have a very dangerous line-up.
“Things are looking good, but there is still plenty to do. We have another tough game next weekend when hopefully we will play just as well and get another win.”
Posh overtook Ipswich into third place with this handsome win. Next up is another promotion rival Oxford United at the Weston Homes Stadium (February 8).