System is not to blame says Jim

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today said that it was not the system the Blues play that has led to their long run without an away win.Ipswich have not won on their travels since the 2-0 victory at Luton last March, with Magilton alternating between a 4-4-2 and a 4-5-1 system.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today said that it was not the system the Blues play that has led to their long run without an away win.

Ipswich have not won on their travels since the 2-0 victory at Luton last March, with Magilton alternating between a 4-4-2 and a 4-5-1 system.

At home he has found huge success with 11 straight wins using the 4-4-2 formation.

The Blues boss said: “It is not down to systems, but down to personnel and attitude.

“There are certain characteristics that are different in our make-up away from home - and this has to be put right.

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“But I am not concerned, and am sure we will start collecting away victories soon.

“I don't feel any pressure at the barren run.”

Magilton confirmed his delight at having midfielder Gavin Williams back in the squad for today's game at Cardiff City (kick-off noon).

He said: “Gavin brings quality to the side and he will be on the bench.

“Reserve football and Gavin do not go together and there are plenty of first team games coming up for him to integrate back in.”

Both Owen Garvan and Billy Clarke trained okay yesterday and will be in line for selection for today's match at Ninian Park.

“We are fresh after the international lay-off but are expecting a tough game against a very experienced manager in David Jones,” said Magilton.

Long-serving defender Richard Naylor is to see a specialist next week about the slipped disc he has sustained in his neck.

“Richard is recovering, but it is a day-by-day thing,” said Magilton. “He will be seeing a specialist to get the best advice.”

Cardiff had a late withdrawal from their squad when former England international Trevor Sinclair went down with an injury. Fellow internationals Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fuller are in the squad, with Magilton saying: “It takes time to adapt to life in the Championship after starring in the Premier League.

“Hopefully they won't find it today.”

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