Tamas applauds fans

TAMAS Priskin believes that the supporters have had a key role to play in his return to form this season.

TAMAS Priskin believes that the supporters have had a key role to play in his return to form this season.

Front-runner Priskin produced probably his best display an Ipswich Town shirt, since his arrival from Watford 15 months ago, during last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Millwall.

The Hungarian was given a big ovation by the Portman Road faithful, when he finally made way for substitute Connor Wickham in the last quarter of the game.

Priskin had a hand in both goals, and has already notched four goals himself this season. And he is hoping to bring some more cheer to Town fans over the coming weeks and months, to make up for his disappointing first season at Portman Road.

“I’ve had to win the fans over,” admitted Priskin.

“But they were very good to me last Saturday, and I was really pleased with them.

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“It’s very important for a player, when you’re having a hard time, because you need to have the supporters behind you. That gives you a lift, and I think they did that to me last Saturday.

“I think I’m currently playing my best football for Ipswich Town, but I was just part of a team last weekend.

“Things have been better for me this season. I think that’s because I had a good pre-season with the team, unlike last season, so I feel more settled, and also because I’ve got one of my best friends here from Hungary, in Marton (Fulop). That has helped me as well,” added Priskin.

Roy Keane has favoured a 4-1-4-1 formation in most away games this season, and with leading scorer Jason Scotland the No. 1 striker at the moment, Priskin is not guaranteed a start at Bramall Lane.

But the ex-Watford marksman will certainly have a part to play tomorrow, even if Keane sticks with a lone striker system on the road.

“I hope to stay in the team, and play week in week out,” said Priskin.

“But Jason has been doing very well for the team. He’s got five goals, so it’s been hard to get in the team.

“I can also play as a lone striker. I’ve played there a few times myself this season, but Jason is in good form. He deserves to be playing.

“We did OK together last weekend, and I think we can do well together in the future. It’s easier as a striker if you’re playing with two up front.”

A win over the Blades could even propel Town back into the top six, a fact not lost on Priskin.

He continued: “We want to get back in the top six, that’s why Sheffield is very important for us. It will be a big boost for the team.

“It was very important for the team to get back to winning ways, after three defeats, and I believe we are capable of winning at Sheffield, which would then lift us for the next two home games (against Derby and Barnsley).

“QPR have stumbled a little lately, but they have one of the best squads in this division. I fancy QPR and Cardiff this season, which leaves one place for us.”

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