Priskin to fight for place

TAMAS Priskin has his work cut out, but he’s ready to fight for his place this season.

TAMAS Priskin has his work cut out, but he’s ready to fight for his place this season.

Priskin might have to be content with a place on the substitutes’ bench at Scunthorpe this afternoon, as Ipswich Town bid to cement their poisition in the top two of the Championship.

For although the Hungarian headed home his third goal of the season, in the 2-1 win at Millwall in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, he is currently third in the striker rankings behind Connor Wickham and Jason Scotland.

“I’m going to fight for my place in the team,” warned Priskin.

“Hopefully I’m going to get in the team, but we have got some very good strikers at the club. We’re all going to fight for our places.

“The competition is very good, but I think that’s good for all of us, because everyone has to work 100% to get into the team,” added Priskin.

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Manager Roy Keane has some difficult decisions to make, all over the pitch, ahead of today’s trip to Glanford Park.

The Irishman made eight changes for the Millwall game, including recalling Priskin to the firing line, but he’s likely to revert to a team bearing a closer resemblance to the XI that plotted the downfall of Cardiff last eight weekend. He also has new recruit Jake Livermore, signed on loan from Tottenham on Thursday, at his disposal.

Priskin is in no doubt that Town can maintain their excellent start to the season.

“I’m very pleased with the team. I think we’ve had a very good start after seven games in the league, and we are in the last 16 of the Carling Cup. Hopefully this will continue,” said Priskin.

“I think we can stay because we’ve got a very strong squad with a lot of very good young players.”

A high-profile signing the previous summer, for a �1.7m fee from Watford, Priskin struggled badly last season, mustering just two goals for Town, one in the league and one in the Carling Cup.

But the 23-year-old has started afresh this season, and he isn’t planning to look back.

“I feel more settled at Ipswich this season. I was here straight from the start in pre-season, that was very good for me,” confirmed Priskin.

“Hopefully the fans are starting to see the best of me. I hope to score more goals, but the main thing is for the team to finish in the top six or even the first two places to get promoted.

“It’s hard if you’re a striker, because if you’re not scoring then it gets harder and harder for you. But if you find your shooting boots then it gets easier. Sometimes, you just have to deal with the pressure.

“I didn’t set a goals target for this season, but I’m always trying to get into double figures.”

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