It's points before the Pope for Jim

JIM Magilton was introduced to England manager Fabio Capello before the game but even if His Holiness had been at Loftus Road it would not have mattered.

Derek Davis

JIM Magilton was introduced to England manager Fabio Capello before the game but even if His Holiness had been at Loftus Road it would not have mattered.

The Blues boss insists while it was a pleasure to meet Capello his mind was on three points.

Catholic-raised Magilton said: “It wouldn't have mattered if the Pope was here all I was focused on was my lads producing a performance and they did me proud.”


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They may still be 10th in the table but the 3-1 win at QPR leaves Ipswich Town just two points off the play-off places and Magilton is delighted with the way his strikers banged in the goals.

Jon Stead, Pablo Counago and Jon Walters all netted after going behind to an early Sam Di Carmine goal.

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All three Town goals were top quality and Magilton said: “They were three quality goals, in particular the second from Pablo. That gave us a toehold in the game.

“It was good all three strikers scored because they put in so much effort week in week out and not always been rewarded.”

David Norris was given the nod ahead of Jon Walters in place of Danny Haynes and it worked a treat.

Magilton explained: “We knew they use three central midfielders and I know David is very comfortable in that area. We knew it would free up Luciano Civelli which worked well at times.

“I know I have adaptability in the squad and I can use Jon as an extra attacker and that got David ahead of Jon who is also still post-virus.

“I was pleased he came on and scored and I was pleased that tactically we got it spot on.”

Magilton praised his players for the togetherness they showed in light of events early in the week, and in front of England manager Fabio Capello.

He said: “It is not about me it is about preparing these lads being focused and professional. They have shone like beacons this week and I'm proud of them.

“They were outstanding to a man, even the lads coming off the bench. They show that honesty and determination every week.

“We lack quality at times and through the course of the season we have strived for consistency but I can't ever fault their effort.”

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