Jim remains defiant over play-offs

DEFIANT Blues boss Jim Magilton believes his side can still reach the play-offs after holding Championship leaders Wolves to a goalless draw at Molineux.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

DEFIANT Blues boss Jim Magilton believes his side can still reach the play-offs after holding Championship leaders Wolves to a goalless draw at Molineux.

The draw means Town remain 10th and are still six points off sixth spot with just nine games to play now but Magilton is still bullish about their chances.


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Magilton said: “There are nine games to and we have proven we are a match for the Championship leaders.

“What we have not got and have not had this year is that consistency.

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“Wolves are there by right and if we apply ourselves in the manner we applied tonight then we are still most definitely in with a shout.

“If we can string a few wins together it will have people looking over their shoulders.

“It will be a hairy-scary last few weeks but of course I still believe we can do it.”

The draw went some way to exorcising the horror defeat from last week and Magilton was delighted with the way his side responded.

Magilton said: “Based on the last two results coming to Molineux playing the Championship leaders and to defend in manner way we did was there for all to see.

“It was a great performance and we looked threatening on the break

“We knew we had to ride our luck at times and probably got fortunate when they had a shot hit the bar.

“But on the whole we restricted them to few chances.”

Magilton admitted he knew the longer the game went on without Wolves breaking through the better their chance of getting something.

He said: “Wolves are in the home straight and the players see the finishing line and get a bit tentative. The fans are desperate for their team to win and get nervy.

“Molineux has always been like that where if you can keep the crowd quiet and keep the ball they will turn.”

Tommy Miller skippered the side for the first time, his only other captain's appearance was once with Hartlepool, and felt it might have ended with a win this time.

He said: “We could have nicked it at the end. Jon Stead had a good chance and Luca (Civelli) did well too.

“He is adapting very well and was unfortunate with his shot.

“We kept going right to the end because we wanted to win.”

It was the first time a team had held Wolves to a goalless draw in 67 attempts, the 44th in the league, so Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was understandably frustrated.

He said: “They came to play 4-4-1 with no ambition to win the game to start with. We played well but didn't take the chances when they came.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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