Kuqi wants to score for club and country

SHEFKI Kuqi has a master-plan to help fire Ipswich into the top six next week.After scoring as a second half-substitute at Wimbledon he aims to get among the goals for Finland this week against Malta and return home buzzing ready to help shoot down West Brom on Sunday.

SHEFKI Kuqi has a master-plan to help fire Ipswich into the top six next week, writes Derek Davis.

After scoring as a second half-substitute at Wimbledon he aims to get among the goals for Finland this week against Malta and return home buzzing ready to help shoot down West Brom on Sunday.

The Kosovan-born hit-man's confidence was sent soaring when he provided a clever finish to clip Dean Bowditch's low cross past the Dons' keeper with a deft use of a back heel.

Kuqi was in bullish mood as he spoke to the EADT from his Finland home last night.

He said: "It was great for me to get half an hour against Wimbledon and to score was a real bonus. More importantly we got the three points, which keeps us right up there and in with a chance.

"I have been on the bench for the last few games which has not been a problem, the manager has spoken to me and I understand the reason, so to come on and score was a big boost for me."

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Kuqi and his Finnish team-mates arrive in Malta today for their friendly on Wednesday and he is looking forward to the break.

He said: "I have missed a couple of internationals because when I first came to Ipswich on loan I just wanted to concentrate on them.

"But this has fallen nicely and it will be good to meet up with my old friends again, have a laugh and just see different faces for a change.

"Hopefully I will get on against Malta and score some goals. I have had a long rest recently so I will be back on Thursday all nice and refreshed and looking forward to hopefully being involved on Sunday against West Brom.

"Goals are what strikers thrive on and after Saturday I'm looking to get on more quickly."

Although Malta are not a world footballing force, Kuqi points out goal avalanches are relatively rare.

He said: "It was the same against Wimbledon. People thought we would get five or six but that was never going to happen."

Kuqi went on as a 57th-minute replacement for Ian Westlake and netted when Tommy Miller played a long ball in for Bowditch, who made a strong run before crossing for the Finn's 14th goal of the season. SHEFKI Kuqi has a master-plan to help fire Ipswich into the top six next week.

After scoring as a second half-substitute at Wimbledon he aims to get among the goals for Finland this week against Malta and return home buzzing ready to help shoot down West Brom on Sunday.

The Kosovan-born hit-man's confidence was sent soaring when he provided a clever finish to clip Dean Bowditch's low cross past the Dons' keeper with a deft use of a back heel.

Kuqi was in bullish mood as he spoke to the EADT from his Finland home last night.

He said: "It was great for me to get half an hour against Wimbledon and to score was a real bonus. More importantly we got the three points, which keeps us right up there and in with a chance.

"I have been on the bench for the last few games which has not been a problem, the manager has spoken to me and I understand the reason, so to come on and score was a big boost for me."

Kuqi and his Finnish team-mates arrive in Malta today for their friendly on Wednesday and he is looking forward to the break.

He said: "I have missed a couple of internationals because when I first came to Ipswich on loan I just wanted to concentrate on them.

"But this has fallen nicely and it will be good to meet up with my old friends again, have a laugh and just see different faces for a change.

"Hopefully I will get on against Malta and score some goals. I have had a long rest recently so I will be back on Thursday all nice and refreshed and looking forward to hopefully being involved on Sunday against West Brom.

"Goals are what strikers thrive on and after Saturday I'm looking to get on more quickly."

Although Malta are not a world footballing force, Kuqi points out goal avalanches are relatively rare.

He said: "It was the same against Wimbledon. People thought we would get five or six but that was never going to happen."

Kuqi went on as a 57th-minute replacement for Ian Westlake and netted when Tommy Miller played a long ball in for Bowditch, who made a strong run before crossing for the Finn's 14th goal of the season.

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