George Burley: Strong backbone will give Ipswich Town chance in Championship

Luke Hyam scores at Wigan

Luke Hyam scores at Wigan

George Burley says Ipswich Town should make no apologies for their display in the 2-1 win at Wigan on Monday night.

The Blues played some excellent football throughout but much focus was placed on the ‘ugly’ side of their game when not in possession.

Latics chief Uwe Rosler admitted his team struggled with the Blues’ physical approach and accused Town of using ‘illegal methods’ on occasions.

The general view of Town on TV, meanwhile, was of an over-achieving team that was difficult to play against, giving their opponents little peace.

In recent years, Ipswich have been perceived to have had a soft centre and, at times, lacked the ruthlessness and savvy needed to see out games.

They have that in abundance though now with the likes of Christophe Berra,Tyrone Mings, Luke Chambers, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy taking no prisoners.

“I thought Ipswich dominated things against Wigan and they were more powerful and competitive,” said former Blues boss, Burley.

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“That is very important in the Championship and they deserved to win the game.

“As a manager you always look at the opposition’s weaknesses and Mick (McCarthy) changed his team accordingly.”

On the night, centre-backs Berra and Chambers were dominant, Mings was a picture of strength and power down the left, while Hyam added a touch of flair and a goal to his tenacious style.

In attack, Daryl Murphy and Conor Sammon resembled battering rams with no shortage of guile.

“When you have a group of players playing to their strengths and doing what they are good at, you have a chance,” added Burley.

“Ipswich have a very solid backbone and that gives you a chance in this division.”

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