Jim's faith in his senior stars

WHILE all around are losing their heads Blues boss Jim Magilton is trusting his senior players to lead the way through their current crisis.Six games without a win or a goal has got many doubting the team and worrying about slipping down towards the League One trapdoor.

By Derek Davis

WHILE all around are losing their heads Blues boss Jim Magilton is trusting his senior players to lead the way through their current crisis.

Six games without a win or a goal has got many doubting the team and worrying about slipping down towards the League One trapdoor.

But Magilton has faith in players like his skipper, Jason De Vos, and the experienced Sylvain Legwinski to guide the younger players through the unforgiving bad times.


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He said: “The senior pros have been fantastic by keeping the young players bubbling.

“They know that when results aren't going with you how important it is to stay lively. We must have a no-fear factor about us, get the negatives out of the head and feed on positives.

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“They are players that I know I can depend on.”

Magilton has total belief in his players and is convinced the team is a sliver of good fortune away from halting the run of rotten results.

He said: “We have a great bunch of lads and the effort is top-notch.

“We have not been getting our just desserts but we must keep going and keep believing. We are not far away and just need a bit of luck in front of goal.”

The Blues manager believes in treating those impostors triumph and disaster in the same way and finding the will to get through this bad patch.

He said: “It is fine to have self belief when things are going well but it is at times like this difficult period we are going through at the moment in terms of results when you must retain that self belief.

“You are going to have a lot of little bumps along the way but if you have a clear picture of where you want to be then you can deal with all the other things along the way.”

Magilton is getting a clearer picture of the side he wants to play each week but is also mindful of younger players pushing on.

Magilton added: “I know what my best XI is and that is important. People have put in performances that have surprised and pleased me. They have showed me that through self-development that they are improving.

“Chris Casement, for example, was a massive plus at Watford. It was a real sink or swim situation and he swam very well.”

Magilton knows he may not win the Earth and everything that is in it just yet but he will settle for a goal and three points to start with.

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