Former Town boss played part in victory

FORMER Ipswich manager George Burley indirectly played his part in Blues' Championship victory over Leicester.

FORMER Ipswich manager George Burley indirectly played his part in Blues' Championship victory over Leicester.

He decided to send striker Ricardo Fuller on a long run around the perimeter of the Southampton training ground on Thursday.

After scoring on his debut in Saturday's 2-0 victory at a blustery Portman Road, 26-year-old Fuller said: “I was surprised when the Southampton manager asked me to run.

“There was no suggestion that I would be back in the Saints team, and no guarantee that I would be free to join Ipswich in time to play at the weekend.

“I am a professional so I did as I was told. If a manager says jump I ask 'How high?'

“And in hindsight my extra work-out worked out well, as I was able to last the pace against Leicester.

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“I may not be allowed to play for Ipswich at Preston on Saturday, but I will continue training here this week. I love the place.”

Jamaican international Fuller, whose Town's debut on a one-month loan from Southampton was delayed because of a work permit delay, picked up his fifth booking and serves a one-match ban at the weekend.

“I am gutted,” added Fuller. “I did not think it was a foul, and the Leicester guy should be in the Olympic diving team. He did the same after a challenge from Ian Westlake.

“I have a lot of friends at Preston and was looking forward to a return, and helping Ipswich to three points.

“But all things happen for a purpose, and the sky is the limit for me right now. I had lost count of the last time I was asked to start a game.

“Watching Ipswich pass Wolves off the park the previous week proved to me what a talented team they are.

“They have an excellent mix of

experience and youth, and the Ipswich fans are exceptional.

“At Southampton last month they impressed everybody and they were singing the loudest at Wolves. And on Saturday they cheered us forward.

“It took time to adapt and Leicester sat deep. Football games last 90 minutes, not 45, and by the end we were worthy winners.

“Ipswich are in good stead and set for a push towards the play-offs.”

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