Garvan glad of chance to make amends

OWEN Garvan is delighted that Ipswich have a chance to right their wrongs so quickly.After Saturday's humiliating 3-1 home loss against Doncaster Rovers, the Blues go to Bristol City this afternoon desperate to make amends.

Derek Davis

OWEN Garvan is delighted that Ipswich have a chance to right their wrongs so quickly.

After Saturday's humiliating 3-1 home loss against Doncaster Rovers, the Blues go to Bristol City this afternoon desperate to make amends.

Garvan said: “It is good that we have a game so quick to be able to put things right and hopefully we will do that at Bristol.”


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The players traipsed off the Portman Road pitch with angry supporters calling for manager Jim Magilton to go and Garvan insisted the players will continue to try their hardest

He said: “I can only speak for myself but it is not good for the manager when that happens. As a player you just go out and do our best and let the fans do what they want to do.

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“The performance wasn't good enough and we have to look at ourselves.”

The Republic of Ireland Under 21 midfielder admitted the team under-performed but could not explain why.

Garvan said: “We were slow all over the park and we did not play well enough. It wasn't good enough and we know we can do better so we need to do that.

“It is hard to put our fingers on why that was.

“We all went out there wanting to do well but it just didn't happen for us. We looked lacklustre.

“The play-offs are out of reach and maybe Doncaster had something to fight for and they looked like they wanted it more than us.”

Garvan notched his seventh goal of the season with a well-struck shot from the edge of the area but it was of little consolation.

He said: “I can never be pleased when the team lose. We wanted to kick on after the equaliser and we were doing alright but the second-half performance was not good enough.”

As an academy product himself, Garvan was pleased to see another graduate make his debut in 16-year-old Connor Wickham but warned Town fans they should not expect too many more to come through just yet.

He said: “Connor put himself about and I'm delighted for him. It would have been better if he had been in a winning team and had scored the winner but it wasn't to be. He has a bright future ahead of him.

“You need to have a balance and with the new owner who has a lot of money you need to have both young players and experienced players coming in.”

Skipper Gareth McAuley is hoping to play today after a hamstring problem while Town are also confident Jon Stead will recover from a back injury and be involved at Bristol City.

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