Criticism 'part of the game' - Jim

JIM Magilton insisted he does know what he is doing after Ipswich fans really turned on him for the first time.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton insisted he does know what he is doing after Ipswich fans really turned on him for the first time.

Blues made their feelings known to him by chanting 'You don't know what you're doing' when he replaced goal-scorer Jon Stead but Magilton shrugged it off as 'part of the game'.


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Magilton said: “You have to live with that. I certainly do know what I'm doing.

“I can't stop the fans saying what they want to say but it is a long season and we will see where we are at the end of it.

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“It is part and parcel of the game. The supporters pay good money to come here and if that is what they feel then they are welcome to air their views.

“I have heard it before here as a player but not as a manager.

“I can't go through my managerial life without getting any criticism but I have big enough shoulders to deal with it.”

Magilton He may have made a mistake by taking Stead off for Counago.

Magilton admitted said: “I just felt Pablo coming into that little hole and someone to get us into the game. I felt with Kevin Lisbie's pace would utilise anything in behind them.

“Stead had worked really hard and scored a great goal.

“I may have got that one wrong and hold my hands up. In hindsight, which is a wonderful thing, keeping the goal-scorer on may have been better.”

Once again mistakes at a corner cost Town but Magilton played that down.

He said: “I'm not going to make a big thing of it but we have conceded poor goals from set plays in two games and we need to look at that.”

Magilton, in his 100th league game as a manger, which actually started against Palace at Portman Road, accepted a draw was fair enough.

He added: “Palace deserved something from the game. It was pretty scrappy until he scored. When we did I thought that would add a bit of composure and confidence to our game, it didn't and if anything we looked a little jittery.

“We scored a very good goal and we knew Palace would be horrible to play against, in the nicest possible away, and they got back into it thanks to a mistake by us and they deserved that at half-time.

“In the second half we didn't really show enough initiative. We didn't have the strength of courage to go on and win the game.

“It keeps the unbeaten run going.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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