Cup hero says Arsenal must be launch pad to move up table
IPSWICH Town cup hero Tamas Priskin today had a message for his team mates – ‘We’ve got to use our win over Arsenal as a launch pad to move up the Championship.’
The 24-year-old Hungarian international striker netted the goal that saw off the Gunners 1-0 in Wednesday’s Carling Cup semi-final first leg and is set to keep his place for tomorrow’s league game at Millwall (kick-off 3pm).
Paul Jewell will be in charge for the first time at the Den with caretaker boss Ian McParland and coach Tony Loughlan departing Portman Road yesterday in the wake of Roy Keane’s dismissal.
Priskin scored a fine headed goal in Town’s 2-1 Carling Cup win at Millwall in September and after being left out in the cold for a month by Keane he is relishing adding to his six-goal tally under Jewell.
“We must build on the Arsenal win, and the performance,” said Priskin.
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“We are a better side than our 19th position suggests and we must start to climb up the table.”
For his first selection Jewell must look to keep the momentum going and has to balance keeping an unchanged side and system or guard against tiredness setting in after a hectic fortnight by making a few changes.
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McParland did a wonderful job overseeing the comprehensive victory over Premier League Gunners and can leave with his head high with will surely not have to wait long to find a new job.
“I’ve greatly enjoyed my time at Ipswich and wish the club and their new manager Paul Jewell well for the future,” said McParland.
Loughlan, who worked with Keane at Sunderland, also paid the price for Jewell wanting to bring in his own staff.
Sean McCarthy has come in as first team coach on a two and a half year contract.
Born in Wales, McCarthy will be on the bench with Jewell tomorrow having played with him at Bradford City where he netted 60 goals in three years.
Striker McCarthy then moved to Oldham where he played under Joe Royle and made his Latics debut in a goalless draw at Portman Road in December 1993.
McCarthy, 43, has spent time as a coach at Portsmouth and managed non league Truro City.
Ipswich have a free midweek during which Jewell is expected to make use of the January transfer window before entertaining Doncaster Rovers on January 22 and then travelling to the Emirates three days later.