Fulop knows how to get the best out of his Town team mate

IPSWICH TOWN: Fellow countryman Marton Fulop knows how to get the best out of Blues striker Tamas Priskin.

“He appreciates an arm around his shoulder,” said the Hungarian international keeper who will be seeking a second consecutive clean sheet when Town visit Sheffield United in the Championship on Saturday.

“When Tamas signed for Ipswich last year he didn’t know anybody and like many players before him he needed time.

“I feel at home already, but for me it was much easier because of Tamas, and I knew Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards from Sunderland.

“Tamas is one of my best friends and we get on really well and talk a lot.

“I hope he will keep giving assists and scoring goals, and an arm round the shoulder will help.

“I was speaking with him a lot last season from afar, and it was a bit tough for him when the team was not doing so well.

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“When you come to a new club you need a bit of time to warm to that club.”

Priskin had a hand in both goals in last weekend’s 2-0 home victory over Millwall, and is expected to keep his place beside Jason Scotland in attack at Bramall Lane with the pair showing signs of forming a successful partnership.

This would keep Connor Wickham waiting in the wings for a starting place with the 17-year-old proving against Millwall that he can be a force when appearing as a substitute.

“I always knew that Tamas has great potential,” added Fulop. “The fans really took to him on Saturday.

“This will give him that bit of confidence to dare to do things. He is better when playing without pressure.”

Priskin, who cost �1.7m arrival from Watford in August of last year, managed just two Town goals last season and ended the campaign on loan at QPR.

The 24-year-old has bagged four goals this season, and has certainly benefited from the presence of Fulop, who was signed from Sunderland three months ago.

Fulop and Priskin are included in the Hungary squad for their friendly with Lithuania in Budapest on Wednesday November 17.

National head coach Sandor Egervari watched the pair at Portman Road on Saturday and said: “Both performed well. Priskin was clearly the dominant player for his team and did much towards a 2-0 victory.”

Fulop has won 21 full caps with Priskin 29 with seven goals.

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