Magilton admits play-off difficulty

TOMMY Miller saved Ipswich Town's skin with a well-taken strike to earn a 1-1 draw at home against a Blackpool side whose stated ambition is to survive in the Championship.

Derek Davis

TOMMY Miller saved Ipswich Town's skin with a well-taken strike to earn a 1-1 draw at home against a Blackpool side whose stated ambition is to survive in the Championship.

The Blues went behind to an Alex Baptiste goal for Blackpool midway in the fist half before Pablo Counago set up Miller for his fourth goal of the season, and Town's first in nearly five hours of football.

Town remain 11th and seven points off the top six but Magilton conceded the play-offs are not looking likely.


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Magilton said: “It doesn't look good. I'm a realist. I felt we had to win the game today. We know have to go into Wednesday's game believing as we have 14 games to go.

“But you can't keep giving people the opportunity to win games and not take them and drop points.

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“We have to keep going and produce again. Wednesday night is going to be a big test of character.”

Magilton's side have not won at home since early December when they beat Bristol City and have managed to garner just three points from a possible 15 at Portman Road since then.

Blackpool caretaker-manager Tony Parkes said: “We defended really well before we broke and scored. We might have scored more in the first half.

“Ipswich didn't create too much. There were a few scares but our goalkeeper was hardly man of the match.

“We are the poor relation in this league and to stay in this league would be success for Blackpool FC.”

Argentinean Luciano Civelli made his debut despite concerns over his brother Renato being investigated in France over a possible passport irregularity along with other dual-nationality holders.

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