Striker could come back to haunt Jim

A STRIKER that Ipswich boss Jim Magilton considered making a move for during the summer could come back and haunt the Blues this afternoon.

Derek Davis

A STRIKER that Ipswich boss Jim Magilton considered making a move for during the summer could come back and haunt the Blues this afternoon.

Martin Paterson went from Scunthorpe to Burnley in a £2.5m move from relegated Scunthorpe before Magilton went after him.

Magilton said: “Martin Paterson is someone I would probably have tried to get but Burnley beat us to the punch.

“He scores goals and is lively so we have to be aware with him.”

Given the styles that both managers enjoy employing there should be plenty of goals at Burnley today. After losing their opening day fixtures, Burnley went down 4-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, they got back to winning ways in the League Cup, the Clarets 2-0 at Bury.

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Magilton warned: “Burnley have good width, good movement and both teams had good wins on Tuesday so we will have to withstand early pressure. “We need to be strong aggressive disciplined and make sure we don't lose the game in the fist 20 minutes.

Blues boss Jim Magilton accepts his team are better going forward than they are without the ball and has praised opposing boss Owen Coyle's side for the way they like to get forward.

Magilton said: “Owen is good lad and I like him. His sides are very attack minded and he wants to do it the right way, very similar to ourselves.

“They sometimes get caught and it was probably a shock losing at Sheffield Wednesday, who got a shock of us last year.

“He will be looking to bounce back and Turf Moor is a beautiful playing surface so we have to go and present ourselves and do something about them and then get going ourselves.”

Finding an early away win is vital for Town and Magilton is looking for a side that defends first and then looks to score, rather than the way they do at home.

He said: “We tinkered here and there last season.

“Those players who are involved on Saturday will know exactly what we are dealing with in the opposition, be hard to beat then go and play our own game.”

Jon Walters is expected to start up with Kevin Lisbie while Pablo Counago's place is in doubt as Magilton decides whether to put Walters up front or on the right and then use Danny Haynes on the left instead of Alan Quinn.

With David Wright out, Chris Casement could start at right back or Alex Bruce to go in, allowing Tommy Smith to keep his place in central defence with Ben Thatcher making his debut at left-back.

Burnley: Jensen, Penny, Alexander, Jordan, Kalvenes, Van de Schaaf, Carlisle, Caldwell, Gudjonsson, McCann, Duff, Mahon, Elliott, Blake, Eagles, Paterson, Akinbiyi.

Ipswich Town: Wright, Supple, Casement, Bruce, Naylor, McAuley, Smith, Balkestein, Thatcher, Walters, Haynes, Garvan, Quinn, Shumulikoski, Miller, Trotter, Counago, Lisbie, Lee, Rhodes.