Town on course for promotion
IPSWICH TOWN: Marton Fulop says that the Blues are on course for the Premier League.
The 27-year-old Hungarian international goalkeeper will have a vital part to play as Town look to move back into the top three with an npower Championship victory over Leeds United at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Just one point from their last two games has seen Roy Keane’s team drop down to seventh place, but with two consecutive home fixtures - Coventry are in town in a fortnight – Ipswich have an ideal chance to get their campaign back on track.
“We are two points off the top two,” said Fulop. “And compared to last season this is a good start.
“It we continue the same points per match ratio as we are at the moment – and I’m sure we can - it will take us into a play-off position at the end of the season.
“And if we can up the ratio a little it could be enough to gain an automatic promotion place.
“Personally, as much as I would like to finish in the top two I would feel confident that we could complete the job if we went into the play-offs.”
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Fulop, who joins Ipswich team mate Tamas Priskin on a plane to Budapest next week for two Euro 2012 qualifying games, would rather have seen Leeds win their midweek home game against Preston.
“I’d rather they won 4-1 than have lost 6-4,” said Fulop.
“This will make them very tough opponents and there is likely to be a reaction, and we must be ready for that.”
Fulop was signed from Sunderland for �1.1million just before the start of the season and he says that manager Roy Keane has not changed from his days in charge at the Stadium of Light.
“He has a bit more experience, but has not changed and his demand for 100% effort all the time remains,” added Fulop.
“This is fair enough and we have a relaxed dressing room.
“He left without me once at Sunderland for an away game when along with two others players I was late for the coach.
“It gave me the weekend off, and I was called into the manager’s office on the Monday. There was no fine with missing the game considered enough punishment by the boss.
“That was fair enough – we all make mistakes and should ensure it doesn’t happen again and move on.”
Fulop knows the importance of winning games just prior to an international break, and not just to improve the position in the table.
“I shall be going home and I know there will be plenty of stick coming my way if the Leeds result does not go our way.
“I feel in good form and hopefully the Hungarian manager will play me against San Marino and Finland.”