Jim: We can still make playoffs

BULLISH Jim Magilton is convinced Town can still be in the play-off shake up come May after winning 4-1 at Crystal Palace.Ipswich took a two goal lead through an Owen Garvan free kick that deceived everyone and then David Norris netting his first goal since the winner at Blackpool last November.

Derek Davis

BULLISH Jim Magilton is convinced Town can still be in the play-off shake up come May after winning 4-1 at Crystal Palace.

Ipswich took a two goal lead through an Owen Garvan free kick that deceived everyone and then David Norris netting his first goal since the winner at Blackpool last November.

Alan Lee pulled one back in controversial circumstances when an assistant flagged for offside against Jose Fonte who he thought had got the final touch but the referee overruled him.


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Substitute Kevin Lisbie got a third and Palace defender put through his own net in the final minutes to give the Blues a flattering winning scoreline.

Magilton said: “It was a nitty-gritty performance. We knew we had to come here and compete.

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“We did not win too many away last year and knew we had to rectify that.

“We knew Crystal Palace would be a hard place to come and win and 4-1 probably flattered us but we took our chances and showed great togetherness, and real character and grit.

“We are three wins out of four so the lads need to build on that.

“I have great faith in these lads and we need to pick up more points like that and we can be in the shake up. It is marathon not a sprint.”

Palace were refused a penalty when Tommy Miller tripped Nick Carle from behind leaving manager Neil Warnock livid claiming it should have been a penalty and sending off.

Magilton said: “We probably had one or two fortunate moments although I'm not sure why their goal stood.

“We dealt with their aerial threat and we won the second balls that they thrive on.

“If I'm over critical I thought we could have played the ball better and we were cheap in possession at times but we had a cutting edge.”

With Ben Thatcher a late withdrawal due to a virus, Dan Harding made his first appearance for the Blues since the 4-1 loss at Barnsley last March.

Magilton said: “Dan did well for us.”

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