Town striker puts home on hold

PROUD dad Pablo Counago is happy for his extended family to have the baby blues as long as his beloved Blues make the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

Elvin King

PROUD dad Pablo Counago is happy for his extended family to have the baby blues as long as his beloved Blues make the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

The Ipswich Town striker plans to take his one-month old son Iago 'home' to Spain, but is quite prepared to put the trip on hold for another three weeks.

The 28-year-old striker is confident that three points against Hull at Portman Road on Sunday will see Town reach the play-offs.

And if so his family will have to wait.

“They all want to see my son,” said Counago. “My parents and sister have been over, but the rest of the family will have to wait.

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“I want to stay put for the play-offs and I'm not even thinking about going back to Spain at the moment. I am focusing on Sunday and a win that I believe will take us to the play-offs.”

After having a mixed time when with the Blues during his first spell at Portman Road, Counago is delighted with how things have gone since he has been back following his last summer free signing.

He expects to train freely on Friday and Saturday - if not tomorrow (THUR) - after suffering a pelvic problem last week that made him a doubt right up to near kick-off time for the visit to Preston last Saturday.

“Against Wolves I suffered a slight groin strain and couldn't train last week, but in the warm-up at Preston I felt much better and I was able to play. And I feel a lot better this week.

“Twelve goals is a reasonably tally good tally for a striker, but when you have eight or nine at the half-way stage it is a bit disappointing not to end with at least 16.

“But if I scored 16 I would want 20, and if 20 I would be wanting 25.

“There is no point in looking back, it is all about what happens over the next few days or hopefully weeks that will determine our season.

“A goal or two from me would be very timely.”

Counago a darling of the Blues fans was missed when he served a three-match ban for an unlucky sending off at Scunthorpe, can see home supporters roaring Town home against Hull.

He added: “They have been brilliant and together we have kept the dream alive.

“The town, the club and more importantly the fans deserve Premier League football. I feel we can still give it to them this season.

“Referees don't seem to like us and hopefully we will be okay on Sunday. They have a difficult job but overall you will find the big decisions have gone against us.”

TOWN supporters can now vote online for their Player of the Season via the supporters club website www.itfcsupporters.co.uk

If supporters are unable to vote online they can cast their vote before Sunday's match against Hull City - supporters' club officials will be available around Portman Road to take votes.