Kuqi praises keepers

SHEFKI Kuqi last night praised the Ipswich Town goalkeeping contingent for helping to turn him into a clinical finishing machine, writes Derek Davis.Although the Finn was hailed for his work-rate and all round effort, his goal scoring-to-chances ratio was criticised and some of his wayward efforts brought scorn.

SHEFKI Kuqi last night praised the Ipswich Town goalkeeping contingent for helping to turn him into a clinical finishing machine, writes Derek Davis.

Although the Finn was hailed for his work-rate and all round effort, his goal scoring-to-chances ratio was criticised and some of his wayward efforts brought scorn.

But Kuqi has shown a more deadly approach recently, epitomised by the cool finish for Town's third at Rotherham.

The striker puts it down to the extra work he has been putting in with goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster, along with Kelvin Davis and Lewis Price.


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He said: "The best people to help you are the keepers because they know exactly where they don't like strikers to put the ball.

"I have been staying behind after training and working on my finishing with Malcolm and the goalkeepers and it is has paid off."

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The goal was Kuqi's 11th of the season for Ipswich and his 16th in total after firing in five for Sheffield Wednesday before his move to Town in September.

Kuqi silenced the Rotherham boo-boys as he completed Ipswich's come-from-behind victory.

The former Owls striker was heckled by Millers' fans even before he was brought on as a second-half substitute to help Town's revival.

The Finland international spurned his usual swallow-dive celebration to cup a hand to his ears at the home supporters.

Kuqi said: "I didn't really mind the jeering, it is expected any time a player with Sheffield Wednesday connections comes to Rotherham. Instead, it spurred me on even more and I was happy to get a goal here again."

The goal, three minutes into time added on, was his second in three games after going on as a replacement for Dean Bowditch.

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