Jim looking for Town to go full throttle

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton will be looking for his side to go full throttle against Sheffield Wednesday in their Coca-Cola Championship game at Hillsborough tomorrow.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton will be looking for his side to go full throttle against Sheffield Wednesday in their Coca-Cola Championship game at Hillsborough tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The Blues' boss was impressed by the positive way his team finished their 2-2 draw at Southampton on Wednesday and insisted that confidence is growing in the camp.

Magilton said: “It was disappointing not to win at St Mary's, but one of the plus points was how well we ended the match playing at full throttle and looking for the three points.

“Last season we would have settled for a draw, but now we have more options on the bench with our larger squad and we must take the benefit from this to Sheffield Wednesday.

“After tomorrow's match we have three home games, including the Carling Cup match with Wigan, and three points against the Owls will provide a perfect platform to get the best out of our up-and-coming home advantage.

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“We should have won all three of our away games this season and had opportunities to do that.

“The anger and frustration from not seeing out the win at Southampton is in the players and hopefully it will come out tomorrow and they will go at the throats of Wednesday.”

Team captain Gareth McAuley and left back Ben Thatcher are recovering from dead legs but they could both be back in consideration for the game at Hillsborough.

Magilton said: “Both are making good progress and they will have a run out today with neither being too far away. If they don't make it tomorrow then they should be okay for the Wigan cup game on Wednesday.”

David Norris came through his return to the starting line up with no ill effects and will be in the squad again and so will Alex Bruce the defender who could get a start if McAuley is still unfit.

And Magilton confirmed that he still has every faith in flying winger Danny Haynes who did not feature in the final 16 at St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday.

“We called Danny the weatherman because you never really know what condition he will be in but on his day he has the potential to be a real hit in the game.

“He is a great lad with a great attitude and if he keeps working hard he will make the grade in a big way and he will certainly be in contention tomorrow.”

And Magilton is expecting a backlash after Wednesday lost 6-0 at Reading on Tuesday.

Magilton said: “The players will be hurt after that and the manager will be upset and we will be liable to suffer the backlash from their defeat.

“We must be ready for this against a team that is very good at home and one that has all the ingredients to be in the Premier League.”