Jim to make full use of players

AFTER yet another two weeks without a game the Blues now face four matches in ten days and manager Jim Magilton plans to make full use of his complement of players.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

AFTER yet another two weeks without a game the Blues now face four matches in ten days and manager Jim Magilton plans to make full use of his complement of players.

Although Magilton would like to settle on a same side he feel it will not be likely given the amount of fixtures that need to be crammed in following the international break.

He said: “It will be Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, again so the whole squad will be called into action. But we are also looking to get as consistent a selection as we can, although we know injuries disrupt that at times.”

Ipswich have had to stew on the 2-1 loss at Charlton for the past fortnight but Magilton is confident they can get back on the right track at Portman Road, just as they did against Reading following the previous international interruption.

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Magilton said: “I'm always confident going into games and we are at home so we have to get it down and impose our game.

“The two weeks off will have helped us and we are ready to go again.”

They face last season's League One champions who arrive with a reputation for playing open and attractive football and on the back of an away win at Preston and a 3-1 home victory over Wolves.

Magilton said: “Swansea are a good side. Roberto Martinez has done a fantastic job there and I'm a big fan of his. I like the way his teams play.

“They have had some good results, and we know how good Wolves are, so it will be a tough game for us.

“They will come and play as they have a system that suits their players with two wide men, which is quite refreshing.

“They have acclimatised nicely in the Championship and they will surprise a few this year.

“Martinez is the type who will not compromise his principles and will stand by that.”

Their open style of football with a 4-3-3 using width may well play into Town's hands but Magilton insists they will look to get their own game going.

He added: “Essentially their style will suit us but there maybe a time that we have to adapt.

“But we will go about our business and get after them so they may have to adapt to our style of play too.”

Initial worries over losing key defenders looks to have subsided with Gareth McAuley and Alex Bruce both expected to be fit, while Pim Balkestein ahs been named in the squad.

Teenage striker Jordan Rhodes is also included but may well be sent out on loan again soon after benefitting from a spell at Rochdale when he netted twice in five outings.

Magilton said: “We have Jordan back and we are looking to get as many games into him as possible.

“He is in the squad but rather than him sitting on our bench I would like him out on loan getting games.”

Magilton is also pleased at how Liam Trotter has been getting on at Grimsby and allowed him another month at Blundell Park under new boss Mike Newell who is looking to ease them away from the bottom end of League Two.

He said: “Liam will learn more in a situation like Grimsby are in. There is only so much you can do when you are not playing competitive games.

“We had no hesitation in sending him to Grimsby pre-Mike Newell and it will be beneficial again now.”

Ipswich Town: R Wright, Supple, Volz, Bruce, D Wright, Naylor, McAuley, Balkestein, Campo, Shumulikoski, Miller, Garvan, Quinn, Walters, Haynes, Counago, Lisbie, Stead, Rhodes.

Swansea: De Vries, Krysiak, Rangel, Painter, Tate, Monk, Williams, Britton, Pratley, Brodde, Butler, Gomez, Gower, Tudur-Jones, Macdonald, Orlandi, Brandy, Scotland, Pintado.