Magilton hails Jeffers

JIM Magilton hailed new loan signing Francis Jeffers as the Blues blew away Hull City.Jeffers scored one and made one as Town hit five away from home after failing to score on the road for seven matches.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton hailed new loan signing Francis Jeffers as the Blues blew away Hull City.

Jeffers scored one and made one as Town hit five away from home after failing to score on the road for seven matches. Magilton secured the Blackburn striker on a month's loan on Friday and after being used as a sub on Saturday Jeffers made his full debut last night.

Magilton said: “Frannie was outstanding.


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“We are always on the look-out for quality and he possesses that. We were lucky with Blackburn having so many strikers to choose from and Frannie has found himself not playing.

“You can see his qualities and he will score goals at this level.

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“We have dominated possession in games and have not been able to put away the chances. But with his first chance he puts one away. That is the difference.”

Despite such a scoring flourish, Magilton admitted he was not happy with his side as they struggled to contain Hull early on.

He said: “That has been coming for a while and to come away from home and score five was fantastic

“But the first 20 minute I wasn't particularly happy even though we were 2-1 up."

“We brought Danny on for his pace and he scored a great goal.”

The win pushes Ipswich even further away from the danger zone and if they can complete their hat-trick of wins over the bottom clubs on Saturday against Southend, Town can relax for the remainder of the run-in.

Magilton said: “We now have to build on that and we have a big game on Saturday. This will give us a big boost going into Southend. The attitude and application all week was fantastic and all credit most go to the players who have worked extremely hard.”

Magilton feels Hull manager Phil Brown can still guide his team to safety and added: “With 30 points to play for Hull still have a great chance of getting out of the bottom three.”

Brown admitted he was embarrassed by the result but praised his front three and stated that Town Jeffers and Alan Lee were a real handful.

He added: “The Ipswich front two would have caused any defensive pairings a problem.”

n BLUES central defender Ian Miller will stay with Darlington on loan for a further month but Ipswich have a 24-hour recall clause.

Match report - Pages 50 & 51

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