Town stars know they have to deliver when wearing gloves

IPSWICH TOWN: As soon as he donned gloves before going out to take on West Brom in the Carling Cup on Wednesday striker Tamas Priskin knew he had better play well.

If he failed to deliver the goods he would have manager Roy Keane breathing down his neck.

The Hungarian striker had his best Blues game and looked like a �1.7million striker having been purchased from Watford 15 months ago for that large fee to score the goals to take Town into the Premier League.

Joint leading scorer with five goals this term, Priskin failed to find the net but otherwise led a top flight defence a merry dance.

Keane was happy with Priskin and fellow glove wearer Jason Scotland having said prior to kick-off: “I tell my players if they resort to gloves they had better do well as I’ll have reason to get back at them.

“I can’t figure out why they should want to, but I suppose it’s not so bad as wearing tights or snoods.”

One player cutting a macho image was match winner Grant Leadbitter who like David Norris wore a short sleeved shirt despite the arctic conditions.

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Delighted with a 1-0 win that earned Town a two-legged semi-final against Arsenal, penalty converter Leadbitter feels it could prove a turning point.

“That win could proved to a pivotal moment,” said Leadbitter, who has insisted all season that the club is basically in good shape.

“We’ve got to get back to it tomorrow against Swansea and get a result, because we need to be back up competing for the top six.

“We had a good start to the season, but we have let it slip over the last month or two.”

Reflecting on Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at arch rivals Norwich City, Leadbitter admitted: “We let ourselves down, and the fans down.

“We wanted a reaction, not just for the fans, but for ourselves, because we were not proud of our performance at Carrow Road.

“We didn’t need anyone telling us that we were poor. We knew it ourselves, that we were poor at Norwich, and at Hull, and at home to Barnsley.

“You know yourself when you are not playing well.”

Leadbitter is relishing facing Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the Carling Cup semi-final having scored against them for Sunderland in a 1-1 home draw in October, 2008.

“Arsenal are one of the best footballing sides in the world, and we have got to enjoy these sort of games. Being at home first gives us a chance of getting a result.”

Keane has to decide whether to change a winning team with Damen Delaney available after suspension and Jack Colback, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jake Livermore and Rory Fallon after being cup-tied. Marton Fulop is having treatment for an ankle blow but Connor Wickham is not expected to be fit until next weekend.

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