Jim will try to bring in new players

JIM Magilton once again said he will try and bring players in to try and halt Ipswich dreadful away record that has now stretched to 17 matches without a win.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton once again said he will try and bring players in to try and halt Ipswich dreadful away record that has now stretched to 17 matches without a win.

The Blues have managed just two victories away from Portman Road in the whole of 2007 and went down at Coventry City had not won at home in their past six attempts.

Danny Haynes equalised a Julian Gray opener but Town lost their sixth consecutive away match when Dele Adebola hit a second half Coventry winner.

Magilton said he had exhausted his options to make things better from within the club and was prepared to spend some of Marcus Evans' millions to change things next month.

He said: “We have given everyone here an opportunity. There is no one who can bang on the door and say give me a chance so the way to change that is to bring players in who will make a difference.

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“We are trying to get the right sort of person in and if we can do that I can see us getting more success.

“I have never known a run like this as a player and the more it happens the more it affects the team psychologically.”

He again confirmed his interest in former Newcastle, Benfica and Portsmouth winger Lauren Robert.

Magilton said: “Robert is out of contract and if he wants to come over and have a look at us then he has an open invite.

“Certainly someone with his quality could help us, although I'm not sure about away from home.”

Magilton was upset that his team did not take advantage of the dominance they finished the

“We showed a lot of character in the first half after going a goal behind with Jason's slip unfortunate.

“Neil made a good save but it fell to a Coventry player and that summed up our season away from home.

“But then we showed quality, passed the ball well and created chances. Coventry seemed to get very nervous and Iain (Dowie) was desperate for half time to come while we didn't want it.

“We got the goal and there only looked one winner.

“At half-time we are pretty confident that we will go on and win the game.

“But we never got going second half and as a result they got a foothold in the game.”

Sloppy defending was once again at the heart of the problem which angered Magilton.

He said: “The manner in which we defend home or away and concede such sloppy goals then you are going to lose games.

“Both goals were shocking and we just didn't raise the tempo of the game.

“We didn't match their tempo but they couldn't have played any worse than they did in the first half and we did not match their work rate.

“It was a game we threw away.”

Town bad day was compounded when Tommy Miller was sent off for a second booking.

Magilton said: “Tommy said he didn't touch him and got the ball I will have to see it again.”

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