Pablo passionate about Town fans

FANS favourite Pablo Counago today described the best feeling in football.The 28-year-old Ipswich Town striker went into this afternoon's FA Cup third round game against Portsmouth hungry to add to his ten goal tally.

By Elvin King

FANS favourite Pablo Counago today described the best feeling in football.

The 28-year-old Ipswich Town striker went into this afternoon's FA Cup third round game against Portsmouth hungry to add to his ten goal tally.

And if he found the net against Harry Redknapp's Premier League side, Counago will dedicate his goal to supporters.

“I have every respect for our fans,” said Counago.

“They make me feel unbelievable.

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“When they love you, when they want you it is the best feeling a footballer can have.

“I am very happy with how everything is going - and I can only say thank you.

“I will try my best to keep it going for the fans - and for the team.”

Counago has had a series of impressive games at Portman Road since his return from playing in the Spanish League in the summer.

He sampled the Premier League with Ipswich in 2001/02 making one start and 12 substitute appearances before top-scoring with 19 goals in the Championship the following season.

The front man then went out of favour and spent most of his next two years in the wilderness under Joe Royle.

He can therefore relate to the situation his fellow countryman Sito Castro found himself in before forcing his way back in the team last month.

“Sito is my friend, and when he is happy I am happy,” said Counago.

“I have been there to speak to him when needed, and he has done well to get back in the team. He has played his part.

“Like life, football has its ups and downs and we have to help each other when times are not so good.”

Counago sees good times ahead for Town supporters this year, but he says that the away problem must be sorted soon.

“It has to be done quickly,” he said. “We need away points so we can move further up the table.

“This is a big time for us. It has to be one step at a time.

“We beat West Brom, now it is Portsmouth and after that crucial matches against Stoke at home and Blackpool away.

“If we come through these games well hopefully our wonderful supporters will have plenty to sing about.”

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