Half-time home truths helped Town

BLUES boss Jim Magilton revealed how a half-time rollicking helped his side get back on track against the old enemy.Magilton said: “We needed half time and some home truths were told.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton revealed how a half-time rollicking helped his side get back on track against the old enemy.

Magilton said: “We needed half time and some home truths were told.

“Credit it due to Norwich, I think they started the game quicker than we did and realised the importance of the game. I think a few of our lads thought they could turn up, get on the ball and play and in all games, especially derby games, the first 20 minutes are the most frenetic and you have to earn the right and we didn't. But once we settled into a groove I thought we were better, not where we want to be, but better.


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“I think we were desperate for half-time to come, or I was, to get them in and have a little chat with them. I think we started the second half a lot brighter and when we actually controlled the ball and controlled possession we were very comfortable.

“We deserved to get back in the game, it was a great overlap by David, he showed great endeavour to get in there and probably deserved his little bit of luck with the ricochet. It was a good finish.

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“Norwich then came back into it, Huckerby was bright for 15, 20 minutes. We had a little spell, when we controlled the ball, and then the last 10, 15 he came back into it again. We were well aware of their threats, I just didn't think we took enough care of the ball, which is very disappointing.”

Magilton paid tribute to goal hero David Wright, although he was a target for a tongue-lashing during the break. He said: “David had a torrid first half. It was a poor goal for us but it was probably the way the game was going for us. David made a poor decision in the first place going for the header and Huckerby has had a free run. It is a poor defensive goal from us.

“His father passed away, but he was desperate to keep playing and we respected those wishes. He is a fantastic lad and he is going to be a big asset for the club. He has had a tough time, he still wanted to play, he wasn't making any excuses so I was delighted for him.”

The Blues go to Leeds on Saturday knowing a win for them at Elland Road could relegate the Yorkshire side.

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