Nothing will be decided today - Magilton
WHATEVER happens at Molineux this afternoon, nothing will be decided as far as the play-offs are concerned.That is the assertion from Blues boss Jim Magilton today as the race for a top six place hots up.
WHATEVER happens at Molineux this afternoon, nothing will be decided as far as the play-offs are concerned.
That is the assertion from Blues boss Jim Magilton today as the race for a top six place hots up.
Magilton agrees it is a big game for Town but it is not make or break.
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He said: “Nothing will be determined after this game. We have to deal with this game, then deal with Preston, then see where we are.
“I would say we can't afford to lose, but then it all depends what happens elsewhere.
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“It is a big game against our nearest rival, but even if we lose we could still be in with a chance.”
Victory at Molineux, where Town have not won since November 1991, would give them a five point gap over Mick McCarthy's side, although Wolves would still have a game in hand.
Town would overtake Crystal Palace, if they fail to beat Watford, and go into sixth spot.
Magilton said: “If we win it may become a two-horse race with us and Palace, but you never know who else could come in to it. Watford could get dragged down, Cardiff could push up and Wolves have a game in hand still so all sorts of things can happen.
“All we want to do is win and take it to the wire.
“Palace are still in the box seat, they are bang in form and feel they can beat anyone. We don't know what is going to happen. We go to Wolves full of confidence after a hard-fought draw with Cardiff and then the win over Norwich.”
Pablo Counago, Danny Haynes, and Alan Lee scored as Town beat Wolves 3-0 at Portman Road earlier in the season, but Magilton admits the scoreline flattered Town.
He said: “It is important that we stay in the game there. We saw in the home game what a good side they are. They were excellent against us and started brightly.
“We capitalised on a couple of mistakes in the first half and played better in the second and rode out 3-0 winners.
“I have nothing but admiration for Mick McCarthy and his players. Unless we are at our best we will get nothing there.
“We know we are going to get 20 minutes of raw passion from their fans and the players, and we have to match that intensity.
“Apparently Wolves fans can turn, although I've never experienced it with Ipswich, but hopefully we can make that happen this time.”
The Blues are unlikely to change much from the side that finished the 2-1 win over Norwich last Sunday, although Liam Trotter is likely to push into the 16 with Velice Sumulikoski out for the rest of the season with a partially torn artery in a leg.
Alex Bruce has recovered from a sore back and will play, while Shefki Kuqi, David Norris and Richard Naylor are longer term casualties.
Wolves squad: Hennessey, Stack, Collins, Foley, Craddock, Elokobi, Breen, Kyle, Potter, Kightly, Jarvis, Olofinjana, Gibson, Gray, Keogh, Ebanks-Blake, Eastwood, Lowe, Ward.
Ipswicvh Town squad: Bywater, Colgan, Simpson, Wright, Sito, Harding, Bruce, De Vos, Trotter, Miller, Garvan, Williams, Quinn, Haynes, Roberts, Walters, Counago, Lee, Rhodes.