Gio praises Blues faithful

Goalscoring hero Giovani Dos Santos today praised Town's 'amazing fans' and paid tribute to serious injury victim Luciano Civelli.

Goalscoring hero Giovani Dos Santos today praised Town's 'amazing fans' and paid tribute to serious injury victim Luciano Civelli.

The 19-year-old Mexican international, on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season, set Portman Road alight with a 72nd minute equaliser in their 1-1 Coca-Cola Championship draw with impressive Burnley.

A failure to win gave another knock to Town's dwindling play-off hopes but Dos Santos' solo goal kept slim hopes alive.

Dos Santos, who was signed by Spurs from Barcelona, levelled the score after an equally impressive Wade Elliott strike for the visitors in a pulsating game that could have ended 4-4.

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“It is a bit different to Barcelona,” said Dos Santos, who was making his full Town debut.

“But Portman Road is a great stadium and Ipswich Town is a great club. And their fans were amazing to me.

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“I was very happy with my goal and we had a chance for three points. Now we must ensure that we beat Watford on Saturday.”

And, referring to his miss when clean through early on, he said: “I expected the keeper to dive at my feet so I tried to dink the ball over him. It was one of those things.

“In England it is very quick and you have to think what to do with the ball before you receive it.

“But I will get better and better. It was a bit tight in the middle in the first half, but I had more space in which to work after the interval on the right-hand side.”

Civelli damaged his right knee when he fell to the ground when not under a challenge deep into the three minutes of stoppage time.

He was in a lot of pain last night and was given oxygen on the field before being carried off on a motorised stretcher with his thumb in the air as a gesture of 'I will be back' to Town fans.

Civelli could have cruciate ligament trouble, which would mean several months of recovery.

Dos Santos said: “It looks bad. Hopefully he can play again this season. He has become a very good friend of mine at the club and he is a very good player.”

Defender Moritz Volz underwent an operation on his groin yesterday and striker Jon Walters is still waiting for a specialist report before a decision is made on whether he needs to go under the knife after damaging ankle ligaments.

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