Pablo keeps Blues on target for the top

PABLO Counago scored for the third consecutive home game as Ipswich Town continued on their merry way at Portman Road last night.

By Elvin King

PABLO Counago scored for the third consecutive home game as Ipswich Town continued on their merry way at Portman Road last night.

And the 28-year-old Spaniard - brought originally to Ipswich by current Southampton manager George Burley - today had some encouraging news for concerned Blues fans.

“When we win one game away our confidence will grow,” said Counago, who now has seven goals to his credit this season.

Town have not won away for 13 matches, and Counago often finds himself on the substitutes' bench away from Portman Road.

“We are doing so well at home, and we know it is different away.

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“We have to concentrate on winning away, and when that happens it will make all the difference.”

Four points is all Ipswich have collected on their travels as opposed to 24 at home - Town could break the record of 15 consecutive home wins before Christmas - and Counago sees the success at Portman Road as a team effort.

He added: “We are all involved, including players on the bench and those in the stand.

“The squad is skilful enough for players to come in and take the place of those in possession.

“It is always nice to win by big scores, but is also satisfying to collect three points when you have to work really hard for them.

“I like to think my goal was important as 2-0 made it very unlikely that Southampton would come back.

“It was difficult up to then, but after that it was all settled.

“We are back in the top six, and with a number of home games coming up we are well placed.

“It is important not to think too far ahead, but if we can get that one away win we will be in a very strong situation.”

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