Carlos Edwards is convinced the goals will soon start to flow for Ipswich despite their low-key start to the new season.
Town, who make their home bow against Millwall today, were beaten 2-1 at Reading on the season’s opening day last Saturday and then suffered a 2-0 Capital One Cup KO at Stevenage on Tuesday.
Skipper Edwards said: “Result-wise against Reading it was the last thing we needed but performance-wise we showed signs of improvement from last season and we felt we could have got something out of the game.
“But it’s the result that matters and the history books will show it was a game we lost. We’ve said it before that we can play good football – but we’re not scoring the goals that would give us one or maybe even three points.
“We are disappointed with the results in our two games so far and let’s hope things will improve on Saturday. We need to maintain the standard of our performance at Reading and look to score more goals.
“I know the goals are going to come – if you don’t believe that you shouldn’t be pulling on the shirt to play – and I hope everyone can chip in. As the manager keeps saying, if you don’t shoot, or take a gamble and get into the box, how are you going to score?
“The guys need to have that belief in themselves that they are going to score. They need to set goals for themselves and if they don’t reach those goals they need to look at themselves in the mirror and be disappointed.
“We all need to set our goals and as a group we set our goal for the position we will be in at the end of the season, always looking to be a better team and a better club.”
Town were the Championship’s lowest-scoring team last season with just 48 goals from their 46 league fixtures.
But Edwards senses more belief from players and fans alike. He added: “Look at the Reading game, which we started so well. There was no sign of nervousness, we were just unlucky yet again. I think things will improve and once they do I hope we can maintain a high standard.
“We don’t want to be yet again one of the rollercoaster teams – up, down, up, down – but reach a certain standard and push on from there. I’m not saying we need to get better by 20 per cent. Just one per cent extra can make the difference between just staying up and going up or making the play-offs.”