Town’s �1.7m misfit’s vital scoring role

IPSWICH TOWN: He was a �1.7million misfit last season – now Tamas Priskin has the responsibility to score the goals that will take the Blues to a successful 2010/11 campaign.

The Hungarian international will line-up in attack for unbeaten Town in tomorrow’s npower Championship game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (kick-off 3pm).

Ipswich manager Roy Keane has put his faith in Priskin, who scored a superb header in the impressive 3-1 win at Middlesbrough two weeks ago.

With Jon Walters having departed to Wigan on a four-year contract for �2.75million, Connor Wickham out injured and Pablo Counago off the radar, it is left to Priskin to provide the firepower in the Blues’ third league game of the season.

Jon Stead, who was controversially sent off in the corresponding fixture last season, will also be in Town’s squad, but like Counago there is no long-term likelihood of him staying with the Blues after the transfer deadline on Tuesday week.

There is good news for Keane’s side in that key midfielder Grant Leadbitter has not been ruled out after damaging his ankle in last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Burnley.

Leadbitter is still a major doubt, but Carlos Edwards, who enjoyed one his best Ipswich games at Middlesbrough before hobbling off with a groin problem, has made good progress and could feature in the squad.

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Darren O’Dea, who was signed from Celtic this week on loan to January, may come in beside Gareth McAuley at the back with Tommy Smith moving to left back.

Alternatively, the former Celtic skipper might have to wait to make his starting debut particularly as Shane O’Connor gives the side attacking options that are vital in the 4-1-4-1 formation that Town have used successfully this term.

Andros Townsend is set to keep his place wide in midfield with Colin Healy set to come in if Leadbitter fails to make it.

David Norris set to captain the side again and he is not getting carried away despite the bright start to the season.

“It’s too early to start eyeing a play-off place,” said Norris.

“It’s our aim, of course but we spoke so much about it last season.

“We are only one week in and we’re certainly not getting carried away.

“If we are up near the top after 15 games or so then maybe I will start thinking and talking about it then, but not before.”

Tomorrow’s likely squads

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Wright, McCarthy, Davis, Clyne, Ambrose, Garvan, Dorman, Danns, Lee, Zaha, Price, Andrew, Bennett, Barrett, Pinney, O’Keefe.

Ipswich Town: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, O’Dea, Smith, O’Connell, Hyam, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, Townsend, Priskin, Stead, Healy, Murphy, Eastman, Murray, Hourihane.

Referee: Mr J Moss (West Yorkshire)

Town league record at Crystal Palace

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