Skipper's rallying call ahead of game

IPSWICH Town skipper Jason De Vos today gave a rallying call to his troops before tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Charlton at The Valley (kick off 3pm).

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town skipper Jason De Vos today gave a rallying call to his troops before tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Charlton at The Valley (kick off 3pm).

Fed up with travelling back to Suffolk without any victories after 14 games, a defiant De Vos said: “We must roll up our sleeves and go out and, if necessary, win ugly.

“There is no doubt that we have not had any good fortune on our travels this season, but I am fed up talking about that.


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“You have to make your own luck and to do that you have to work hard for 90 minutes.

“Charlton have lost their last two games at home and we must try to capitalise on that.”

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De Vos, 34, is set to have Fabian Wilnis playing beside him as Alex Bruce picked up a groin injury on Tuesday when Ipswich lost 2-0 at Bristol City.

De Vos added: “Fabian is a fantastic pro and a great example to young players of how to dedicate yourself to the game.

“With their parachute payment after being relegated last season, Charlton are favourites to finish in the top two and they will be desperate I am sure to collect three points tomorrow.

“We analysed our performance at Bristol City and realised where we went wrong in conceding the two goals and as far as we are concerned it is work in progress to put the away misery behind us.

“The victory will come sooner rather than later I am sure and then we can all stop talking about it.”

Manager Jim Magilton must decide what formation to use, although the introduction of striker Pablo Counago in the second half at Ashton Gate saw Town take command for the final half- hour or so.

The Spaniard is set to start alongside a fully-fit Alan Lee, while Magilton must decide on his midfield combination with Tommy Miller, left out at Bristol City, a candidate to come back in to try to pep up the midfield.

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