Melton fotoballer Paul Anderson happy to pay the price for Ipswich equaliser

Paul Anderson signed for Ipswich in 2013 EMN-150513-131142002
Paul Anderson signed for Ipswich in 2013 EMN-150513-131142002
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Melton’s Paul Anderson made the national headlines this week, but not chiefly for scoring his big play-off goal.

The Ipswich Town winger scored his side’s equaliser in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against arch rivals Norwich City last Saturday.

He pounced in first half stoppage time to ensure the East Anglian derby finished locked at 1-1 going into Saturday’s second leg.

But it was a kind-hearted post-match gesture, rather than his finish, which earned him plaudits from the national press.

The 27-year-old offered to pay for damage after supporter Ross Morgan sent him a light-hearted message on Twitter. Morgan accidentally punched a hole in his ceiling while celebrating Anderson’s goal.

Morgan said: “I only sent it to him because I thought he might have thought it was funny.

“Then he replied saying he’d pay for it. I was pretty shocked by that. It’s a great gesture from him.”

This is Anderson’s third Championship Play-off semi-final, but the previous two attempts, while with Nottingham Forest, both ended in defeat.

This time he is determined to help his side secure a place in the high stakes final and fulfil a personal ambition to play at Wembley.

He said: “I’ve dreamt about going there for years and I’ve turned down tickets in the past because I always wanted to go when it was my turn which I hope will be in a couple of weeks.

“That’s the aim, but the main focus is on the second leg at Norwich. It’s going to be a tough game, of course, but one we are all excited about and we can’t wait to get out there.”