Win was the most important thing - Pablo

MARTIJN Reuser and Pablo Counago may squabble about who scored Town's winner at West Ham yesterday but the Spaniard insists only the three points matter, writes Derek Davis.

MARTIJN Reuser and Pablo Counago may squabble about who scored Town's winner at West Ham yesterday but the Spaniard insists only the three points matter, writes Derek Davis.

Counago got the faintest of flicks on a low Reuser drive before defender Tomas Repka also deflected the ball past David James to give Ipswich the win at Upton Park.

Reuser wheeled away in delight, claiming the goal in his second substitute appearance since recovering from injury.

But Counago, who had already sent the England keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot, was eventually credited with the strike, his 11th of the season.


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Asked to clarify who got the second goal, Counago quipped: "Ipswich Town.

"Whether it was Martijn's goal or mine doesn't matter as long as it stands and we get three points.

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"I definitely got a touch on it and then the defender did but I'm not worried about that."

It was a big win for Ipswich, who exacted revenge on their east London rivals, after losing by the same scoreline at Portman Road in August, and hot on the heels of the loss at home to Norwich City.

Counago said: "We lost the derby game and beating West Ham was important for our confidence. We have to take that into the home game against Crystal Palace and gain three points or we will have wasted this result."

The free signing from Celta Vigo was biting back the disappointment of having to start on the bench once more after losing his place due to a hamstring injury last month, but accepts it was for the greater good.

Counago said: "The manager picks the team and one day it will be good, on another it will be wrong.

"It was great for me to score but the three points were more important and staying in the top five was vital for us."

Reuser and Counago are likely to be in the 16 to face Crystal Palace tomorrow but neither is guaranteed a starting spot.

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