Mixed emotions for Priskin

TAMAS Priskin was frustrated not to end his month-long goal-drought at Barnsley on Saturday.

TAMAS Priskin was frustrated not to end his month-long goal-drought at Barnsley on Saturday.

Priskin has been leading the front-line on his own in recent games, and to good effect, but the Hungarian was desperate to crown another hard shift with a goal at Oakwell.

It has been an energy-sapping last week for the 24-year-old ex-Watford striker, in terms of both time on the pitch and time in transit.

Having played virtually the whole of the previous weekend’s 3-0 home win over Sheffield United, Priskin then travelled out to Dubai to play the first half of Hungary’s 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Wednesday night.

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So it was always going to be a tough ask for Priskin to spearhead Ipswich Town’s attack again, especially on such a heavy pitch.

But he was unlucky that his efforts did not result in a goal – he had a headed goal ruled out, with the ball adjudged to have drifted out of play for a corner earlier in the move, and also tested Tykes keeper Luke Steele with several cleanly-struck shots.

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“I’m quite happy to be playing at the moment, but on the other side I’m a bit disappointed,” explained Priskin.

“I had a few chances today, but I didn’t score any goals.

“I was especially disappointed that my goal didn’t stand. The ref blew for a corner instead.

“But I hope that the goals will come.”

Priskin has been keeping fellow striker Jason Scotland on the substitutes’ bench for the last seven matches, which is testimony to his impressive form.

He scored back-to-back goals in the famous Carling Cup semi-final first leg victory over Arsenal, and the following league match at Millwall, but has drawn a blank in Town’s last five outings.

He eventually made way for Scotland on Saturday, for the last 16 minutes, and the Trinidad & Tobago striker responded with his eighth goal of the season.

“Jason did well to come on and score the goal,” admitted Priskin.

“As the manager said before the game, it’s not just about 11 players. It’s about the whole squad.

“We have confidence now. We are unbeaten in four games, and we are confident we can go up the table.

“Personally I was frustrated not to be in the squad around Christmas, but in football sometimes you are in, and sometimes you are out.

“It was just very disappointing not to hold on for this win. It was a hard game for us, especially away from home and in these conditions.

“I thought we did really well until they scored in the last minute. We got stronger in the second half, and we can’t really complain with three wins and a draw in our last four games.

“We will keep going, and picking up the results. We have another game on Tuesday (at Doncaster), so there is not much time to recover,” added Priskin.

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