‘More of the same can see us to Wembley’ - Town star
MARTON Fulop could turn out to be Ipswich Town’s hero when he keeps goal against Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at the Emirates tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).
He has kept three clean sheets in four matches against the Gunners and with a 1-0 first leg lead another one will see Town go through to Wembley to play Birmingham City or West Ham in the final.
“I really love playing against them,” said Fulop. “I can’t promise a fourth clean sheet, but I’ll do my best.
“Arsenal are a fantastic team and I love to watch them – they play total football.
“If we are as solid and as compact as we were in the first leg we have a chance – and this is what we’ll be looking to do.
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“We’re not the same quality as Arsenal, and if you try and play the way they do even not top quality teams in England and on the continent can’t handle them.”
Like the rest of the Ipswich camp, Fulop has taken no notice of claims by Gunners star Cesc Fabregas that Ipswich played balls forward more like a rugby than football team in the first leg.
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“In my opinion it was a fair game and I think most people would agree,” added Hungarian international Fulop.
“Cesc Fabregas can say what he likes. He’s a great footballer and we’ve got to show that we can play good football like we did in the first leg.”
Fulop says that it’s fantastic that Ipswich have 9,000 fans making the trip to north London – just 1,000 less than the support Town received for the home quarter-final victory over West Brom!
“It’s a magnificent effort by our supporters, and everywhere we have gone in the town people have been coming up to us.
“It’s been great and now we have to see if we can see it through.”