‘We need our fans - today and at Arsenal’ - Fulop

IPSWICH Town goalkeeper Marton Fulop says that the Blues need the support of their fans just as much today as they do on Tuesday’s Carling Cup semi-final, second leg at Arsenal.

“We need to make Portman Road a fortress from now on,” said Fulop.

“It’s a huge game at the Emirates and it’s got everybody talking.

“It will be fantastic to get to Wembley, but the cup is a bonus and we need to concentrate on moving up the Championship starting with a good result against Doncaster Rovers today.

“We will have 9,000 fans at Arsenal, and that is fantastic. But we need them to get behind us against Doncaster.”

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Town will be seeking only their second league win in 11 games when they entertain their Yorkshire-based opponents at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

They are precariously placed just three points above the drop zone and another defeat would make the alarm bells ring louder.

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Paul Jewell will be taking charge of his first home game since taking over as manager from Roy Keane, and there is optimism in the Blues camp that the work achieved on the training ground this week will lead to a positive response today.

Fulop appreciates that time is not on Town’s side adding: “Christmas is now a month behind us and the season will be over very quickly.

“We need to put a lot of good results under our belts to make this season acceptable by finishing closer to the play-offs than the bottom three.”

“We’ve had a full week’s training with the manager and coaches and want to reward our fans by showing them that a new era has arrived.

“They can play their part as Leeds supporters showed in their FA Cup replay against Arsenal on Wednesday.

“We have the quality to climb the table and now is the time to set the standard.”

Fulop says that the Millwall game last Saturday came too soon after the first leg cup win over Arsenal.

“We started on a high, but our tiredness showed and Millwall could have scored a number of goals in the second half. We will be better prepared today.”

And he dismissed talk of disharmony in the Ipswich camp after he and Mark Kennedy squared up to each other during the game.

“It’s all forgotten. Mark is a positive guy and the matter is closed at the moment. It was not a big deal and just has to be dealt with the right way.”

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