Magilton heaps praise on Macedonian

Blues boss Jim Magilton hailed one of his new signings as Ipswich cemented their spot in the play-off places with a 2-1 win over Blackpool.

By Derek Davis

Blues boss Jim Magilton hailed one of his new signings as Ipswich cemented their spot in the play-off places with a 2-1 win over Blackpool.

Macedonian international Velice Sumulikoski, dubbed the Balkans' Steven Gerrard, provided a finish worthy of the England skipper to give the Blues the lead after a good Town build-up.

Magilton said: “Shumi is a good player. He and Tommy (Miller) complement each other and it is all about forming partnerships all over the park.

“He has brought us a bit more composure, experience and goals.

“It was wonderful strike. If he keeps hitting them like that he will get plenty of goals.”

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Jon Walters extended the lead as Town romped away but were almost caught out at the end when Blackpool scored a controversial goal two minutes from time.

Blackpool pulled one back late on when Alan Quinn challenged Stephen McPhee and the ball rolled into Paul Dickov's pass and as Town players stood with the offside flag raised.

Magilton added: “Blackpool looked there for the taking right from the word go. They lost both centre halves and Simon (Grayson) had obvious problems which we took full advantage.

“We had enough chances in the first half but didn't capitalise but at half time I said 'stay patient, don't get anxious and you will get your rewards' which we did.

“At 2-0 we were cruising then they scored, and it was a goal so I have no complaints there, and that made the final five minutes edgy.

“Overall we were every good with good passing and movement so this keeps the ball rolling.

“We can't afford to slip up and we realise we tough game at stoke next weekend. Since January we have won three from four and these guys are starting to believe in themselves.”

Alan Lee hit the crossbar, while Walters and Jason De Vos had efforts cleared off the line.