Jim looks on bright side after defeat

UPBEAT Jim Magilton is refusing to contemplate relegation even after his side slumped to their third league defeat in a row last night.Ipswich went down to a first-half Stephen Ward goal and slipped two places to 17th in the Championship but still have a seven-point cushion from the bottom three and eight ahead of bottom side Leeds.

By Derek Davis

UPBEAT Jim Magilton is refusing to contemplate relegation even after his side slumped to their third league defeat in a row last night.

Ipswich went down to a first-half Stephen Ward goal and slipped two places to 17th in the Championship but still have a seven-point cushion from the bottom three and eight ahead of bottom side Leeds.

Magilton said: “Of course I have an eye on the relegation zone but I also have an eye on the top places and I'm sure if we can get a win we can get going again. But just as winning is a habit so is losing so we need to a win and we go to George Burley's Southampton on Saturday aiming for just that.”


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Ipswich have now gone five games without scoring, with Alan Lee's penalty in the FA Cup the last goal, nearly eight hours of football ago.

Magilton said: “Jon Walters' all-round play has been magnificent and he will score soon. All we need is one to wobble in off someone and the goals will be flying in, I'm sure of it.”

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Although George O'Callaghan's red card against Watford was rescinded, he was not even in the squad and his creativity and ability to score from midfield was missed.

Magilton said: “I had already decided on the squad and even when it was rescinded I didn't want to change it but George will be there or thereabouts on Saturday.”

Wolves have now won 1-0 11 times this season, twice against Ipswich, who were doubled for the fourth time this season.

Magilton said: “What we can't do is gift goals the way we did for Wolves. Once you give a side like Wolves a foothold in the game it is very hard to get it back.”

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