Pablo looks to keep control

PABLO Counago goes on temper watch tomorrow for an Ipswich Town club under administration control and desperately needing to keep him in action."For one or two seconds I lose control and I know that has to stop," he admitted.

By Dave Allard

PABLO Counago goes on temper watch tomorrow for an Ipswich Town club under administration control and desperately needing to keep him in action.

"For one or two seconds I lose control and I know that has to stop," he admitted.

The Spanish striker returns from his second long suspension of the season to boost Joe Royle's injury-hit side against relegation-battling Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

The often hot-headed Spaniard scored both goals as the Blues clipped the Owls' wings with a 2-1 win at Portman Road back in October when coach Tony Mowbray was caretaker-manager.

Counago was suspended for three games earlier in the season after retaliation in a defeat at Reading. Now he returns from another long ban after a flashpoint in the home win over Sheffield United.

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"At times I know I've been stupid and it's hurt the club," he said. "For a short time when things I don't like happen I get very angry.

"I've got to relax much more. I love playing football and I love playing hard, but I've got to stop getting into trouble with referees.

"There is still a long, long way to go in the season and so much more football for me to play. I want to play in the Premiership again with Ipswich and it can happen."

Counago added: "I got two goals against Sheffield Wednesday early in the season and I want more tomorrow.

"It was good to come on as a substitute in the second half against Crystal Palace and feel good again. We did well and deserved our draw. I think we are good enough to get a good result tomorrow."

Manager Joe Royle, whose side are unbeaten in five games with four draws and a win, is down to the bare bones as his team bids to close the eight-point gap on sixth-placed Wolves.

"There are still ten games to go. A lot can happen in that time," said Royle, whose team follow up the Wolves match with successive home games against Reading on Tuesday night and Brighton tomorrow week.

There will certainly be no lack on good information on Wednesday as Town assistant manager Willie Donachie was coach under Terry Yorath at Hillsborough before joining up again with Royle at Portman Road.

Current Wednesday manager Chris Turner, the ex-Hartlepool boss who has succeeded Yorath in charge, has set a target of five home wins out of six to get the club out of relegation trouble.

He said of Ipswich: "They've still got what it takes to make the play-offs. They are a club with a host of good players, many of whom have Premiership experience."

One such player is Jim Magilton, the former Northern Ireland international midfield player, who was signed by former Town boss George Burley from Wednesday in a £750,000 deal.

Injuries mean that two more academy players, Matt Bloomfield and Ian Westlake, are added to the squad for the trip to Yorkshire.

Ruled out with injury are Hermann Hreidarsson, Chris Makin, Finidi George, Darren Ambrose, Alun Armstrong, John McGreal and Mark Venus.

Matt Richards and Tommy Miller will have fitness tests on knee problems.

Wednesday go into the game on the back of a 5-1 home win over Coventry and a 1-1 draw at Leicester.

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