Priskin’s record compares with legend Crawford

IPSWICH TOWN: Three goals in six starts is a goalscoring record that legendary Blues striker Ray Crawford would have been proud of.

IPSWICH TOWN: Three goals in six starts is a goalscoring record that legendary Blues striker Ray Crawford would have been proud of.

But Tamas Priskin looks like having to wait for another opportunity to impress as Jason Scotland and Connor Wickham are set to return to the Town team for this afternoon’s npower Championship game at Scunthorpe United (kick-off 3pm).

The Hungarian international netted with a well-directed header in Tuesday’s Carling Cup third round win at Millwall to follow his league goals against Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Crawford scored a remarkable 204 goals in 320 Ipswich games as he helped them to a couple of Second Division promotions and the First Division championship in 1961/62.

After a slow start to his Town career after his �1.7million move from Watford in August 2009, Priskin, who has just turned 24, is now finding his feet and has won over Town fans.

“I’m targeting a double figure goal tally and feel more settled than I did when I first arrived at Ipswich,” said Priskin.

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“Having a full pre-season with Ipswich has helped me.

“Hopefully there will be a few more goals from em and I’m prepared to fight for a place in the team.

“When you are a striker and goals are not coming it can add some pressure.

“But if you find your scoring boots then it makes it a whole lot easier.”

Another plus for Priskin this year has been the summer arrival of fellow countryman Marton Fulop.

The goalkeeper has impressed in a Blues jersey and before today’s game had kept four clean sheets in the previous five matches.

“Martin is a very good friend of mine,” added Priskin.

“And having him here is good for me, and I think it’s good for Marton as well.

“He’s a very good keeper, which he has shown. But I knew that anyway.”

With Ipswich manager Roy Keane opting to use wide players this season, Priskin adds that he hopes to benefit from the service they provide.

“Andros Townsend supplied a wonderful cross for my goal at The Den and with Carlos Edwards crossing for my header at Middlesbrough the service to the strikers is excellent.

“The goals should keep coming and competition for places up front can only be good.

“I don’t mind if I play up front or wide as I did mainly while at Queens Park Rangers on loan last season. But the main thing is to be in the team.

“Whoever gets the nod to play will give 110% for the team and the club is well off for strikers.”

After the Leeds game next Saturday, Priskin is expected to head off with Fulop to join up with Hungarian squad for their European Championship qualifiers against San Marino at home and Sweden away.

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