FORGET the opposition, go for broke and play two up front.

That would be my bold message to Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst, heading into Saturday’s Championship trek to Swansea City.

Very easy to say, I know.

I’m not the one under mounting pressure, desperate for a break and liable to be roundly criticised if things don’t go to plan.

However, with the winless start becoming an increasingly agitated monkey on his back, something needs to change and fast.

Town can be too cautious and respectful. Not just this season but in recent years.

It was one of my main criticisms of previous boss Mick McCarthy.

Too often, it seemed, the focus was on containing and nullifying their opposition, rather than trusting the team’s own attacking strengths.

Town have issues at the back, of course, and those failings also have to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

But until they start scoring more goals and taking the initiative up front, it’s difficult to see results improving.

Town have only managed eight Championship goals this season, making them joint-lowest scorers alongside QPR and Rotherham United.

Gwion Edwards is their top scorer… with two. Six others have one apiece.

Even Preston North End, the current basement dwellers, albeit on goal difference, have managed 14.

So how can Town rectify things and pose more threat?

Surely the only answer is to play two up front.

Don’t get me wrong – I like and rate Kayden Jackson. He’s quick, strong and hard-working.

He has great potential but with so little support around him (and minimal service, for that matter) it’s always going to be hard for him to get the better of two snarling, towering centre-halves.

He needs a partner and it’s desperately unfortunate that injury has robbed Town and Hurst of Jon Walters and Ellis Harrison.

Both, especially the former, would have been ideal candidates.

Without them, Hurst’s options are admittedly limited – unless he’s able to reel in a gem of a free transfer signing.

But in the meantime, I’d go with Freddie Sears.

The former Colchester United man has only started two games this season - one of them the Carabao Cup defeat at Exeter City.

However, he was a popular substitute when stepping off the bench at Birmingham City on Saturday, as well as on Tuesday night when Town lost 2-0 against Middlesbrough at Portman Road.

In the latter, through sheer hard work, he fashioned a chance for himself and he undoubtedly pepped up a limp attack.

Hurst should give him an opportunity from the start on Saturday.

Ironically, perhaps coincidentally, Swansea are also low scorers, despite their lofty position just outside the play-off zone.

The Welshmen have only managed ten goals – the lowest tally of any side in the top 14.

That suggests this weekend’s game could be tight, perhaps with the odd goal proving all-important.

Town should go for it, be bold and fearless. They might just get rewarded.