Ipswich Town’s greatest games: Tamas Priskin fires Blues to cup win over Arsenal
In the latest of our weekly look backs to Ipswich Town’s greatest games, we look at Tamas Priskin’s finest hour in a Blues shirt - and a famous cup win over mighty Arsenal.
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Carling Cup semi-final, first leg, January 12, 2011
It was just like the good old days. A sell-out crowd, a great atmosphere, and Town not only taking on but beating a really top side.
This was the undoubted highlight of Tamas Priskin’s otherwise less than thrilling spell at Portman Road. He was superb that night, and he capped his performance by superbly finishing a one-on-one in the 78th minute.
Town deserved their victory. The home side created more chances than their aristocratic visitors. Cesc Fabregas was so rattled after the game he accused Ipswich of adopting “rugby’’ tactics.
Here’s a quiz question: who was Town’s manager that night? None other than Ian McParland, caretaker boss after the departure of Roy Keane. McParland had a mixed two games at Town gaffer – a 7-0 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, followed by this memorable victory. New permanent manager Paul Jewell watched from the stand.
Unfortunately, this was only the first leg. In the second game at the Emirates. It was a different story, and Arsenal ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Still, it was fun!