Jim blames media pressure on results

BLUES boss Jim Magilton has blamed the media for their poor home form but hailed his players for their away performances this year.

Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton has blamed the media for their poor home form but hailed his players for their away performances this year.

As Ipswich Town doubled third-placed Reading and won at the Madejski Stadium for the first time Magilton explained away just one win at home in the league in three months.

He said: “Media pressure has built up at home and that has affected them (the players) just like last year there was media pressure on them and we could not win away.”

Although Steve Coppell's side hit the crossbar through Dave Kitson and Michael Duberry had an effort cleared off the line by Ben Thatcher, Ipswich deserved their first win in four.

The Blues boss said: “We know what Reading are all about and we knew they would put us under pressure from the off and they didn't disappoint.

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“We had to weather the early storm and when the game settled down if we had more belief and could string more passes together we could have taken better advantage.

“But to have gone to Molineux and the Madejski and keep clean sheets is quite magnificent. I have seen Reading win by six and four goals so it is a tremendous feat.

“I can't praise my players enough. I'm very proud of them.”

It was Jon Stead's 11th goal of the season and he also scored against Reading on his Town debut.

Magilton added: “It was a piece of individual brilliance. He is our top scorer and has had some real moments.”