Sylvain backs Town's new formation

AS Steve Cotterill was hailing Sylvain Legwinski as 'the best in that position in the division' the Frenchman was backing the new formation that allowed him to be so effective at Burnley.

By Derek Davis

AS Steve Cotterill was hailing Sylvain Legwinski as 'the best in that position in the division' the Frenchman was backing the new formation that allowed him to be so effective at Burnley.

Legwinski played between the back four and an attack-minded four-man midfield at Turf Moor to wonderful effect.

The system allowed Owen Garvan to roam and cause all sorts of mischief, while Tommy Miller played in an advanced position just behind Alan Lee, with Billy Clarke and Jon Walters alternating on the flanks.

The Clarets could not cope and the Blues found themselves two up inside 10 minutes, with Legwinski heading in a Garvan corner to open the scoring.

Despite being denied all three points, in the main down to a controversial offside decision, Legwinski believes Town showed enough to be confident about breaking the poor away run and finding a win at QPR on October 20.

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Legwinski said: “We did really well, especially in the first half, and the new system suited everyone.

“We'd have settled for a point before the game and now we need to use the result, and performance, as something to build on in our next away match at QPR.”

The system flummoxed Burnley and their manager admitted they found it difficult to counter.

Cotterill said: “Ipswich are one of the best passing teams in this division as it is.

“When they have one up front and an extra man in midfield then they can pass it even more and it is hard to deal with.

“They had Legwinski playing just in front of the back four and he reads the game brilliantly. He is probably the best in that position in the division - he could probably still play there in the Premiership he is so good at it.

“We could have stuck David Unsworth in the middle to stop it but then everyone would have moaned about us having one up front.”

Town have also wanted to get more out of their own set-plays and came up trumps when Garvan delivered an excellent corner for the former Fulham striker to finish with a trademark near-post header.

Legwinski said: “I was very pleased with my goal. It gave us a great start and full credit to Owen Garvan, for a fantastic delivery.

“I managed to attack the near post and it was a question of being in the right place at the right time.”

Town look to extend their perfect home record against Preston tomorrow but must wait two weeks, due to an international break, to try to gain their much-anticipated first away victory.

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