Haynes hoping to get his chance
ALTHOUGH the temptation to make wholesale changes is great for Jim Magilton the Blues boss will not go gung ho at Burnley tonight.David Wright is expected to be fit after missing Saturday with an infected blister on a heel and will be one change.
By Derek Davis
ALTHOUGH the temptation to make wholesale changes is great for Jim Magilton the Blues boss will not go gung ho at Burnley tonight.
David Wright is expected to be fit after missing Saturday with an infected blister on a heel and will be one change.
Shane Supple is putting pressure on Neil Alexander, while Sylvain Legwinski could force his way back into the middle with Gary Roberts the most likely to be left out.
Danny Haynes and Jaime Peters are also pushing for a starting spot and Alan Lee's tired hamstring could mean him missing out against his old club.
Although he has been patient after a three match-ban, Haynes is determined to make his mark should the opportunity arise.
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He said: “It is good to be in the squad again after being out for a while.
“I'm happy enough being on the bench at the moment but I fully intend to push myself forward and try and win a starting spot and then keep it.
“I'm just waiting for that day when the manager says 'go on Danny you're starting' and when that happens I'm going to perform and show that I can survive for the 90 minutes.”
The England Under-19s striker missed the defeats at Watford and West Brom and came on as a substitute in the second half at Hull, but he feels Town are close to ending their dismal away run.
Haynes said: “We go to all these games believing we can win and we see Burnley as a place where we can turn it around.
“It is good to have a game so quickly after Saturday because we can get that out of the way and go for the win.
“We have been very unfortunate in games away.
“I watched at Watford and thought it was harsh to lose 2-0, then at West Brom again the result was hard on us.
“On Saturday we deserved to win because it is a very thin line away between us winning or end up losing.
“If we don't get the early goal it seems to get us down a bit so we need to kick that out.
“We need to get that first goal and stamp our authority and results will be so different than when we concede.”
Magilton said: “It is getting back to basics. Brian Horton taught me that, as did George Burley and Joe Royle, that when you are having a bad run then you must always fall back on the basics.
“That means when you have not got the ball you are thinking what can I do for the team and when I have the ball find a Blue shirt.”
And he admitted he was still planning how to beat Burnley.
Magilton said: “Danny is getting nearer to a start as is Jaime Peters. They add that little bit more pace that you can exploit.
“Making too many changes affects the balance of the side but we will be making one or two and making subtle changes to the formation.”
Burnley: Kiraly, Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Elliott, O'Connor, Mahon, Lafferty, Blake, Gray, Spicer, Akinbiyi, Unsworth, Jones and McCann.
Ipswich Town: Alexander, Supple, Wright, Harding, Casement, Wilnis, Bruce, DeVos, Legwinski, Miller, Garvan, Roberts, Haynes, Clarke, Peters, Walters, Counago and Lee.