Jim wants to feel intensity from players

JIM Magilton today said that he wanted to feel the intensity from his Ipswich Town players when they go out to do battle with Wolverhampton in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game at Molineux (kick off 3pm).

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JIM Magilton today said that he wanted to feel the intensity from his Ipswich Town players when they go out to do battle with Wolverhampton in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game at Molineux (kick off 3pm).

Victory for the Blues will see them rise five points above a Wolves' team that is one place below them - in eighth position - in the table.

Magilton said: “If we can show the same intensity and the same desire as we did against Norwich City last Sunday then we will be very hard to beat.


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“You could feel the passion in the team before the match against the Canaries, and I want it to be the same tomorrow.

“It is a big game, but whether it is the biggest will be known at 5pm tomorrow.

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“Certainly, if we win we will be sitting in a position when we can be looking upwards. If we lose then we will go into next week's game at Preston still with hopes but not in as good a position as we are now.”

Magilton said the race for the play-off positions will go down to the wire and that his side will have to withstand 20 minutes of raw passion from the Wolves' fans tomorrow.

He added: “The lads showed character to come back from a goal down against Norwich, which showed they can handle the pressure and I am sure they are capable of doing that again at Molinuex.

“I have nothing but admiration for Wolves' manager Mick McCarthy and unless we are very good we will not get anything from the game. But we know how helpful a win will be for us and we believe we can do it.”

Magilton indicated that there will be few changes tomorrow, possibly just a tinkering of the system, with Alex Bruce confirmed fit to take his place in the squad after a lower back injury on Sunday.

Shefki Kuqi is making progress from his hamstring strain but is not ready for tomorrow while David Norris is still struggling with a heel injury.

Velice Sumulikoski was last night ruled out for this season after partially tearing an artery in his leg.

This may require surgery with a surgeon deciding the next move with any operation likely next week.

Matt Byard, the Town physio, said: “Velice had tingling around his foot and toes and he is likely to be out for three months.

“Another blow could have severe consequences and we have stood him down.”

Magilton confirmed that he will miss the Macedonian international in the run in even though he has started on the bench for the last two games.

Magilton said: “Shumi is a class player who we will miss, but we have to get on with it and it gives young Liam Trotter a chance to come into the reckoning.”

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