Quinn won't give a hoot about Owls' boos

ALAN Quinn knows he will be booed and jeered relentlessly by Owls fans at Hillsborough today, but doesn't give a hoot.If anything it spurs on the Town midfielder who is one of the very few players to not only have played for both Steel city sides but have scored for both.

Derek Davis

ALAN Quinn knows he will be booed and jeered relentlessly by Owls fans at Hillsborough today, but doesn't give a hoot.

If anything it spurs on the Town midfielder who is one of the very few players to not only have played for both Steel city sides but have scored for both.

It could be that Jon Stead, who only left the red and white half of the city for Town a few weeks ago, could be in for more stick, while another ex-Wednesdayite Jim Magilton likes the attention being deflected from him.

Quinn compounded his sin of moving to United, and scoring against Wednesday, by netting for the Blues on his debut in February shortly after moving from Bramall Lane.

He smiled: “The Wednesday fans don't like me at all. No doubt they will give it to me, but it doesn't bother me. I just can't wait to go there again. I scored there last season, I scored on Wednesday, so I'm feeling really good.”

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More of a concern for Quinn is whether he will be starting for the third game running as he knows there is no guarantee of a place in this Ipswich side as competition for places is so fierce.

Quinn said: “It changes so quickly here you can never know. The manager has so many midfielders who can do so well and would get into any Championship team so you never know who will be in.

“Anything can happen here. You can be playing well and suddenly find yourself out of the team and not even on the bench so it keeps everyone on their toes.

“If you don't play well you will be out. I was disappointed when I got dropped, although I deserved it, but all you can do is work hard in training and all of a sudden I was back in.

“Everyone knows how fierce it is especially with everyone fit.”

The 29-year-old has more than adequately filled in on the left hand side but recognises Wednesday will be looking to stymie him today.

Quinn said: “I can do a job there. I might have the pace of a Danny Haynes but I can cause problems when I cut inside the right back and playing it forward.

“It will be a tough game and they are doing well, apart from the 6-0 which they are bound to be looking for a reaction to that and will be looking to stop us and get back to winning, especially at home where they are a good side.”

If Quinn keeps his place Town could well go with just one up front again with Jon Stead the loan striker with Jon Walters on the right as he was at Southampton.

David Norris will be at the forward point of a triangular midfield with Tommy Miller and Owen Garvan tasked to guard the back four.

Pablo Counago and Kevin Lisbie will both be itching to start after injecting life into the Town attack in the latter stages at St Mary's.