Jim rounds on critics of team selection

AN angry Jim Magilton has rounded on those critics not happy with the constant tinkering of his Ipswich Town team.

Derek Davis

AN angry Jim Magilton has rounded on those critics not happy with the constant tinkering of his Ipswich Town team.

The Blues boss made two changes for the goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, after making five at Southampton from the team that beat Reading the previous Saturday.

So far he has used 25 players this season and admits he does not have a favoured starting XI but prefers instead to pick sides depending on the opposition.

When asked if he was close to knowing his best team Magilton snapped: “I will pick whatever team I see fit and people can make any judgements they want.

“I will pick whatever side I think can win a game of football. It is not about my best XI it is about the players I think can win the game.

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“Until you all stop going on about it and allow me to do my job I will carry on making changes.”

Magilton also started with a different formation against Wednesday starting with a straight 4-4-2, as Wednesday also lined up, but switched to 4-5-1 in the second half, the same as he started at Southampton.

He explained: “We didn't come to match anyone we came to win the game. We don't have to match anyone. We come and try and produce a brand of football, our passing was good and if there was any criticism it was probably that we lacked a cutting edge.

“But the keeper made some great saves. Considering he didn't have a chance with any of the six at Reading the other night I'm pleased for him but devastated for us.”

Magilton is convinced Town are close to putting together a top class performance for 90 minutes and doesn't feel many teams will leave Hillsborough with a point.

He said: “Confidence is growing, self belief is growing and not many teams are going to come here and control the ball and dictate the match the way we did and go away with anything.”

The Blues boss was delighted with his side after keeping a clean sheet against Sheffield Wednesday.

Davis Norris might have snatched a win for Town in the second half when he hooked a shot against the underside of the crossbar and was denied a couple more times by Lee Grant.

The midfielder said: “Without a shadow of a doubt we should have had three points. Their keeper has made three outstanding saves and we dominated, particularly in the second half.

“We controlled the ball very well and it was a very good, professional display and if we carry on like that we will win more than we lose.”

Marcus Tudgay had the best chances for Wednesday in the first half when he hit the woodwork with one shot that rebounded to safety and headed a good chance over the bar.

Magilton said: “Our sloppiness allowed them in once or twice, (Owen) Garvan made a sloppy pass that let them in but other than that we were on top.

“Brian Laws' side showed tremendous character after losing in the manner they lost and they dug in so it was probably a point gained for them.”

Pablo Counago missed the game after turning an ankle in training but Magilton expects him to be fit for Wednesday when Town entertain Wigan in the Carling Cup.

derek.davis@archant.co.uk