Jim: We lacked a cutting edge

Ipswich Town boss Jim Magilton felt his side lacked enough quality around the edge of the box and lost after conceding a 'soft' penalty.

Derek Davis

Ipswich Town boss Jim Magilton felt his side lacked enough quality around the edge of the box and lost after conceding a 'soft' penalty.

A James McFadden penalty consigned Ipswich to their second consecutive home defeat as Birmingham look for a swift return to the top flight.

Moritz Volz needlessly handled to give City the sport kick and Magilton's mid-table Ipswich have now gone to one win in seven games.

Magilton said: “For 30 minutes we were very good but we lacked a little quality around the box.

“It was a soft penalty but it looks like he has taken his eye of the ball and it has hit him on the hand and the referee deemed it a pretty soft penalty.

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“Birmingham are a real Premiership outfit with a lot of Premier League players and did a real professional job and saw the game out.

“We are the home side and should do more but we didn't and we lacked the cutting edge.”

City boss Alex Mcleish admitted it was not a vintage display but was happy with three points and a clean sheet.

McLeish said: “It was not a great game but we did enough. We protected the lead in the second half although I felt we could have shown a bit more composure and picked Ipswich off in the second half.

“The players showed a lot of character because after back to back defeats they have been a bit edgy and Ipswich is not an easy place to come too as their home record is not too bad.”

The penalty was the first awarded to Birmingham this season and McFadden sent Wright the wrong way to score the winner.

McLeish said: “It has been along time coming. It was a good finish by James.”