Gavin out to end boyhood club's hopes

GAVIN Williams will put his feelings for Cardiff City to one side tomorrow and look to end their play-off hopes.Although Williams would love to see his boyhood club beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup final, the Blues midfielder is determined to help Ipswich reach the top six and then the Premier League.

Derek Davis

GAVIN Williams will put his feelings for Cardiff City to one side tomorrow and look to end their play-off hopes.

Although Williams would love to see his boyhood club beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup final, the Blues midfielder is determined to help Ipswich reach the top six and then the Premier League.

City are just four points behind Ipswich with a game less played but a Town victory would leave them seven points off the top six with just five games to play.

An Ipswich win would catapult them above Wolves into sixth spot with a trip to Molineux to come after the big East Anglian derby at Portman Road on Sunday.

Williams, who used to watch the Bluebirds from the Ninian Park terraces and trained City as a youngster before joining Hereford, will leave all sentiment for the cup finalist aside.

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He said: “Like us Cardiff have a game in hand so have an outside chance but if we beat them on Wednesday that could put an end to their chances.

“That is what we have to do. We have to eat the teams in and around us that includes Cardiff, Wolves Hull. It is in our hands and we can do it.”

Although there is more than a month to go before the Wembley showpiece on May 17, Cardiff are bound to be thinking of the final but Williams is convinced they will have their minds focused on the job in hand at Portman Road tomorrow.

He said: “They will come and be professional. I don't see it as being a problem we just have to concentrate on us.”

In away Williams is hoping he misses the cup final as it means Town will be in the play-offs, if not he will get tickets to watch his boyhood team.

Should Ipswich reach the knock-out stage, and be within two games of their own Wembley date, Williams is hoping he can turn his early season injury nightmare to his advantage.

He has played in both of Town's latest games and after a below par showing against QPR improved against Colchester and now hopes he is coming into form at the right time.

Williams said: “I have not played for 12 weeks so I was bit rusty but once I get a few games under my belt

“Whereas some of the other lads are tired I have had along rest so I'm ready.

“We have five games left and are just a point away from the play-offs so if we get there then hopefully I can help even more.”

Although Williams is still in a contract dispute with the club after rejecting their latest offer, Magilton has shown faith in the Wales international who revealed he refused to go out on loan when the chance came last month.

He said: “It is pleasing that the manager says good things about me.

“I never came close to going out on loan. I never felt it was right for me. A few clubs put calls in but I just wanted to keep my head down and stay here and get involved in the first team.”

The decision paid off and Williams is likely to keep his place for Town tomorrow with David Norris still an injury doubt.

Tommy Miller is pushing for a start, along with Jordan Rhodes and Gary Roberts.

Pablo Counago serves the third of his three match ban while Shefki Kuqi remains an injury doubt.

Cardiff will be without Paul Parry, Robbie Fowler, and Warren Feeney while Kevin McNaughton is also an injury doubt.