Jim's chilling message to flops

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton had a chilling message for those who did not come up with the goods in Saturday's 2-0 reverse at Sheffield United.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton had a chilling message for those who did not come up with the goods in Saturday's 2-0 reverse at Sheffield United.

“Stop knocking on my door if you are going to play like that,” was the gist of his comments about the changes he made at Bramall Lane in the wake of a number of injuries.

“Injuries occur all the while and are part and parcel of football,” he admitted.

“It is up to replacement players to come in and do a job.

“I am not going to single out anybody. I am not going to single out Alex Bruce, for example.”

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And Magilton answered fans' cries - not for the first time this season - of “you don't know what you're doing” when David Norris was withdrawn after just 55 minutes.

He countered: “That's football. Let them get on with it but I certainly do know what I'm doing.”

And reflecting on the game that was lost because of poor defending and precious little punch in attack, Magilton said: “The first goal is always important. Sheffield United were at home. They're flying high and by taking the lead they suddenly had a foothold on the game.

“It was disappointing, especially away from home where we've been consistently good.

“One of the biggest pluses this season has been the fact we've matched teams physically but for the second goal we allowed someone of Darius Henderson's size to have a header on goal. It was really poor.

“In the second half we restored a bit of pride but, overall, we lacked punch and at 2-0 we had a mountain to climb.

“We were ready and sharp, so I don't know why we lacked threat going forward.

“There was certainly no indication going into the game and the goals definitely deflated us and then they shut the game down.”

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell said: “For the first 45 minutes we were unplayable.

“I said to the boys at half-time, 'let's be as professional as we can and finish the game off', and in the second half I knew Jim (Magilton) and Ipswich had to go for it because it was maybe their last chance to get in the play-offs.

“When we had to defend we did so very well, but we still had two or three great chances to finish it off, so all in all we're very pleased.”