No sleep loss for Jim
THIS could be the day when the winless away run comes to an end but if it doesn't then manager Jim Magilton won't be losing any sleep.Of course the Blues boss wants a win but he has seen enough in his side on the road not to get overly concerned.
By Derek Davis
THIS could be the day when the winless away run comes to an end but if it doesn't then manager Jim Magilton won't be losing any sleep.
Of course the Blues boss wants a win but he has seen enough in his side on the road not to get overly concerned.
Magilton explained: “I don't feel any pressure to get an away win because we are getting very close to where we want to be. Performances overall have not been too bad and a little bit of luck here or there would have made all the difference.
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“The players just have to keep believing in what they are doing.
“We expect the home team to come at us so we have to withstand it and come back stronger.
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“It won't come down to systems it will come down to players' attitude. There is a different mentality away from home. There is more of a siege mentality away from home.”
Beating Cardiff at Ninian Park is never easy, although they managed it two year's running in 2004/05, and City have struggled this season.
Magilton said: “We know Cardiff are low on confidence so we have to get off to a good start. But if you look at the players they have they look a good team and there is a high expectancy there. But as always it is not about the opposition it is about how we approach the game.”
Magilton played half a dozen games as skipper under Jones when he first took over at Southampton before losing the midfielder to Sheffield Wednesday and has a huge respect for the under-siege boss.
Magilton said: “All I can do is take my team there and try to get a result. I have the highest regard for Dave Jones. I played under him and he is a very good manager.
“It won't be me who take this job but his chairman.”
“My experience of Dave Jones tells me he will be very focused on winning this game and have confidence in his players.”
Magilton was in his final throes at Anfield when Robbie Fowler was just starting out and has watched his career with interest.
But he feels the former England striker and Dutch star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are not the threat they were in their prime.
“They are still finding their feet at this level and once they do they will be trouble.
“It is a different league and a different attitude and they are still adapting.”
Only Richard Naylor is missing for the Blues as Owen Garvan, Alan Lee ad Billy Clarke all returned to training after niggles.
Gavin Williams is in the squad and could be a surprise starter against the side he supported as a youngster.
Magilton said: “We might try and get Gavin a few minutes. It is like getting a new player back and with his quality that can make a difference.”
Ipswich Town: Alexander, Supple, Wright, Harding, De Vos, Bruce, Wilnis, Legwinski, Trotter, Garvan, Clarke, Roberts, Miller, Williams, Haynes, Walters, Counago, Lee.
Cardiff City: Schmeichel, Oakes, Gunter, Loovens, McNaughton, Capaldi, Johnson, Purse, Ledley, Rae, McPhail, Parry, Whittingham, Sinclair, Thompson, Fowler, Hasselbaink.