Jim's warning

IPSWICH Town boss Jim Magilton is viewing tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie with Swansea as a level playing field, despite the Welsh outfit plying their trade in League One.

IPSWICH Town boss Jim Magilton is viewing tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie with Swansea as a level playing field, despite the Welsh outfit plying their trade in League One.

The Jacks recorded the shock of the third round by going to Premiership side Sheffield United and winning 3-0 while, in contrast, Ipswich required a replay to squeeze past League Two side Chester City.

Magilton said: “The FA Cup gives belief that, on their day, any side can beat anyone. Swansea are an all round good side and they will come here full of confidence. To go to a Premiership ground and win 3-0 is a very big accolade, so we will have to be at our very best.

“Bryan (Klug) and Steve (Foley) went to see them on Tuesday night and they are a very good side. They have Lee Trundle back and he is obviously the catalyst for a lot of their play, so we have to be wary of him.


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“There are a number of games in which we have had to really dig in this season and we will have to dig in again on Saturday. It's all about getting in the hat for round five now.”

If the two clubs' records are anything to go by, supporters could very well be in for a physical encounter.

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Ipswich currently have the joint worst disciplinary record in the Championship, having amassed, along with West Brom, 74 yellow cards and three red cards so far.

In League One, meanwhile, only Millwall have committed more fouls and received more bookings than Swansea, whose record reads 61 yellows and six red cards.

Another fact that Town may need to be wary of is that Swansea like a shot on goal.

In League One this season, Swansea have had more shots, both on and off target, than any other team. They have also hit the woodwork on no fewer than 20 occasions.

Midfield workhorse Andy Robinson is known to like a pop from distance, while striker Trundle is notorious for his goal scoring.

Swansea have been in top form in the FA Cup this season, scoring three goals in all three of their ties, a fact made even more impressive seeing as this weekend will be their fourth successive away game in the competition.

The Jacks' first round match against fellow Welsh side Newport County hit the headlines for the wrong reasons due to a coin throwing incident when the fourth official had to be taken to hospital.

Swansea, who took nearly 4,500 to their third round win at Bramall Lane, have been allocated almost the same amount of tickets for their trip to Portman Road.

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