Town boss praises players

BLUES boss Jim Magilton praised his players for ending the season on a high and said Town will build on this.Alan Lee gave Town their 15th home win of the season, the best record in the Championship, but Ipswich missed out on a play-off place.

Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton praised his players for ending the season on a high and said Town will build on this.

Alan Lee gave Town their 15th home win of the season, the best record in the Championship, but Ipswich missed out on a play-off place.

With Palace and Wolves winning, and Watford getting a draw, it meant Town finished eighth.

Magilton said: “We just had to go and win our game which we did and that was very pleasing. It gives the players something to think about during the summer. We were so close that it leaves a bitter taste.”

Town also had a goal disallowed, a penalty rejected and twice hit the same post as they dominated for long periods in another super home game.

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Magilton pointed to their dismal away form, just three wins on the road, as the reason for failure.

He said: “It was a case of what if. What if our away form had been better?

“Certainly our home form has been fantastic but we did fall short and that is disappointing.

“We have been that dominate against many teams but not won.

“Phil Brown is right when he says there is a chink in us, because you can't be that good and not get the results away.

“It is something to work on, something to correct.”

Magilton announced that Town would be saying farewell to skipper Jason de Vos who as expected is retiring and going back to Canada.

Sylvain Legwinski and Fabian Wilnis will also not be playing for the Blues next season.

Magilton said: “We are going to lose three outstanding individuals. Their contribution has been immense. They have helped the dressing room, helped with the kids and encouraging young pros.

“They are magnificent professionals and will be difficult to replace, but that is my job and I will go out and the find the next ones.”

Magilton also backed Hull City to go all the way and win the play-offs. They face Watford in the semi-finals.

He said: “They will go in to them with great heart. They have good players with experience and will have nothing to fear in the play-offs and we wish them well.”