Jim works his magic

JON Walters, one of Ipswich Town's heroes in Saturday's 4-1 win over a shell-shocked Coventry, today sang the praises of Blues manager Jim Magilton and his coaching staff.

By Elvin King

JON Walters, one of Ipswich Town's heroes in Saturday's 4-1 win over a shell-shocked Coventry, today sang the praises of Blues manager Jim Magilton and his coaching staff.

Walters, 24, who scored one goal and had a hand in the other three, revealed the inside story to Town's Coca-Cola Championship success in front of the live Sky Sports TV cameras.

“The homework was done for us and we worked on finding a way beyond Coventry on the training ground all last week,” said

Walters.

“We were told that we could catch the two full-backs out of position as they both like to go forward, while central defender Arjan De Zeeuw is not as young as he used to be and we could make use of ground down each side of him.

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“There was a lot of movement upfront and we looked as though we could score every time we went forward.

“The manager, coaches Bryan Klug and Steve Foley and chief scout Steve McCall all played a big part in the victory. They deserve the praise.”

Ipswich moved back into the top half of the table as they stretched the winning home league run going back to last March to seven matches.

It was their lowest home league crowd for more than seven years when Crystal Palace attracted 18,798 in March 2000.

Now Town must look to improve their away displays, starting with a visit to one of Walters' former clubs, Hull City, on Saturday in a game that will now kick-off at 12.30pm.

Walters also confirmed that he is driven by a desire to repay Magilton for the faith the Blues boss has shown in the former Chester front man.

“I have improved as a player since I arrived at Portman Road in January,” added Walters, who was watched by his dad Jim and celebrated with a family takeaway.

“This is such a different club to Chester with so much going for the players. The coaching staff are always available for extra sessions and for going in on our days off. In these sessions you can work on your weaknesses and also sharpen up on your strengths.”

Walters has proved himself to be a power in the air with Magilton taking notice of the man who started his career with Blackburn and Bolton when Town played Chester in the FA Cup last season.

“Jon murdered us in the air,” said the Blues boss.

Walters explained his heading technique saying: “It is all about timing, coming across your opponent and getting your timing right.

“We have a fantastic home run going - now we must stretch that even further and start picking up points on our travels. If I can help us gain some success it would be my way of repaying the gaffer for the faith he has shown in me.”

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