Fright Night for Town?

THE Blues face a fright night tonight at Home Park, which Plymouth fans have dubbed the Theatre of Screams.The game is being billed as 'Hollowe'en' after their inimitable manager Ian Holloway, whose face has been superimposed on a pumpkin and printed on shirts.

By Derek Davis

THE Blues face a fright night tonight at Home Park, which Plymouth fans have dubbed the Theatre of Screams.

The game is being billed as 'Hollowe'en' after their inimitable manager Ian Holloway, whose face has been superimposed on a pumpkin and printed on shirts.

But Ipswich boss Jim Magilton has warned his players not to be distracted by Holloway's antics because underneath lies a cunning manager plotting victory.


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He said: “Ian may act the clown but he has a serious edge and he has experience at this level. His players want to do well for him and that is important.

“Ian has an entertainment value of 11 out of 10 so I'm delighted he is back in the game.

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“Plymouth are doing well and like all Ian Holloway teams they are very fit, play at a high tempo and he is getting his just rewards.

“They are scoring plenty of goals and had a great win at Palace on Saturday.”

Although it is one of Town's longest trips, Home Park is a ground Magilton has mixed feelings about.

He said: “They are a good side at home and are playing with confidence. Home Park is not a place many clubs go to with relish. As a player I enjoyed going there because the crowd is very vociferous and generate a great atmosphere.

“I have mixed results there with a win and a loss but a Tuesday night game there is something I would enjoy and I'm sure the lads will, although Plymouth make it difficult.”

Although the five-goal win over Luton is still fresh in the minds, Magilton insists no one will be allowed to rest on their laurels and warned they could fall from grace very easily.

He said: “We have not had time to gloat. It was lovely but it was still just three points. It was another step in the right direction playing well in parts and scoring good goals.

“We have no time to sit back and think how great we are because we know we can be brought down to earth with a bump. It is important then to go to Plymouth and concentrate on keeping the standards.”

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