Magilton: 'Good fortune played a part'

JIM Magilton accepted good fortune played a part as Ipswich moved up to fourth in the table with victory over his old boss' Southampton.Magilton said: “The first goal was always going to important.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton accepted good fortune played a part as Ipswich moved up to fourth in the table with victory over his old boss' Southampton.

Magilton said: “The first goal was always going to important. We were a bit nervy the result on Saturday had added pressure but overall I'm delighted to get a clean sheet and the determination we showed to get a result.

“Quality wise it was not good so we had to dig in. We know we can do better and we will on Saturday.

Town went ahead with a freak, deflected goal from Jon Walters after it looked as if Billy Clarke and Tommy Miller had made a hash of a 25-yard free kick.

Magilton said: “I was going to throttle Billy because we worked on that set piece all week. Tommy is an experienced player but it all went out the window. Technique wise it was terrible but it came off Jon Walters so it was lucky but I'm delighted.”

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The game was wrapped up by a Pablo Counago header.

“It was always going to be the team that showed the quality that win the game and that came from Gavin Williams. He put in a great free kick and it was turned in with a great header. It was professional job, three points thank you very much job done and we move on.

It was Town's third consecutive clean sheet at home and Magilton was pleased with his defence although accepts good fortune helped.

He said: “Yes we were lucky with the first goal but we deserved the win.”

Saints boss George Burley refused to make the absence of seven senior squad players an excuse.

He said: “You just have to get on with it. We matched Ipswich for the most part in the second half although for all our possession we never created many clear cut chances.

“The first goal was always going to be important and it went against us. We had the chance to equalise before they scored the second but didn't take it.”

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