Jim: Show me how desperate you are

JIM Magilton sent his players into action in the Championship game at Charlton today asking them to show 'How desperate we are to get a result?'The Blues were looking to end a run of 14 away matches without a win, and with Charlton having a suspect home record including defeats in their last two games at the Valley, this could be the day.

By Elvin King

JIM Magilton sent his players into action in the Championship game at Charlton today asking them to show 'How desperate we are to get a result?'

The Blues were looking to end a run of 14 away matches without a win, and with Charlton having a suspect home record including defeats in their last two games at the Valley, this could be the day.

“Any side that finishes above Charlton will be in the running for automatic promotion,” said Magilton. “I know that I will be happy if we finish above them.

“With their home problems and our away form it would look like a 0-0. And I would take that.

“Expectations are high at this football club and perhaps some of my players are being asked to punch above their weight.

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“But I want them to show how desperate they are to get a result.”

Magilton talked about his quest to find the right midfield combination having dropped both Owen Garvan and Tommy Miller in recent games.

He explained: “Games are won in the middle of the park and we have to find the right balance.

“Being a midfielder in my playing days, my expectation levels are high, which perhaps leads me to rant and rave. But that is my prerogative.

“At the moment we are not getting enough from Tommy Miller, and Sylvain Legwinski needs games after his summer injury.”

Fabian Wilnis and Gavin Williams were suffering - along with the manager - from a virus yesterday, and one or two others were also feeling below par.

“I think we will be okay,” said Magilton, who was planning to bring Chris Casement and Sito Castro into his squad.

Alex Bruce will be out for a week after suffering a groin injury on Tuesday. A scan revealed no major tear, but Bruce will also miss Tuesday's home game against Leicester City.

Neil Swarbrick will now referee after Clive Penton cried off injured yesterday.

Polish trialist Damian Gorawski is back with Ipswich and training with the first team. The 28-year-old FC Moscow midfielder has impressed Magilton, who wants to see him in a game before making a final decision.

Gorawski has been capped 14 times by Poland, scoring one goal.

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