Fulop - I’ll earn our superb fans a trip to Wembley

IPSWICH Town: Martin Fulop today promised Blues fans a Wembley trip by insisting he’ll keep a clean sheet in the Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at the Emirates on Tuesday week.

The Hungarian international keeper played his part in a marvellous team effort that saw Town beat mighty Arsenal 1-0 in front of a full house at Portman Road last night.

This first leg victory was fully deserved as caretaker manager Ian McParland oversaw a masterful game plan that resulted in a strong Gunners side being soundly beaten in front of ecstatic home supporters.

They were given no chance before kick-off. But thanks to the amazing efforts of McParland and coaches Tony Loughlan, Antonio Gomez and James Hollman, who all have their jobs on the line they proved better on the night than Arsenal.

“I’ve played Arsenal four times now and kept three clean sheets,” said Fulop, who pulled off a couple of exceptional saves when the visitors threatened.


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“I feel I have a hold over them – different to Chelsea where I have conceded seven goals in my last two games against them.

“Another clean sheet and we will be at Wembley. And I can do it. Our fans were unbelievable last night and they deserve to reach a big final.”

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Fulop was quick to praise McParland and his team, who are expected to leave with new manager Paul Jewell taking control today.

“We haven’t met the new manager yet,” added Fulop. “Ian McParland and his coaching team have been fantastic.

“It has been a tough few days for everybody at the club and it hasn’t been easy. But they prepared us perfectly and once we went on to the pitch I would not nominate any one player.

“Every one did his job and it was a wonderful night for us all – and gives us a platform to move up the Championship table.”

McParland expects to find out his position today and wants to be fixed up with a new club by the second leg.

He said: “Arsenal sensed blood but we showed a lot of character to fight back after Chelsea. Mark Kennedy is a clever footballer and did well along with the middle three.

“I’m pleased for the players and I feel very proud.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had no regrets saying: “You have to congratulate Ipswich who did very well.

“I believe we can turn it round in the second leg but we will have to put in a better performance.

“We looked in control in the first half but looked vulnerable in the second period.”

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