Penalty knock-out blow for Ipswich

JIM Magilton is determined to take the positives out of his latest setback as Blues boss and is convinced Town can turn a corner.Ipswich Town crashed out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle last night as League Two side Peterborough United once more got the better of their illustrious East Anglian rivals.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton is determined to take the positives out of his latest setback as Blues boss and is convinced Town can turn a corner.

Ipswich Town crashed out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle last night as League Two side Peterborough United once more got the better of their illustrious East Anglian rivals.

Trevor Benjamin put Posh ahead before Jason de Vos equalised and took the game into extra time. Peterborough went back in front through Guy Branston but Billy Clarke kept Town in it with his first senior goal.


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After eight shirt changes due to the blood ruling, seven minutes of time added on and then extra time, the game went into penalties.

Matt Richards, who missed a penalty at Wolves, took Town's first attempt in the shoot-out and Norwich City fan Mark Tyler saved.

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United scored all four before Alex Bruce missed the target and Town were humbled by the League Two side.

Blues boss Jim Magilton praised the effort of his players but rued a poor first-half and missed chances

He said: "On any other night we would have won this comfortably, we would have won eight games. Their keeper was magnificent.

"We concede really silly goals though. I can't remember when we last had a free header and the penalty was a rash one to give away.

"Once we got the ball down and played I felt we could get at them at will.

"I couldn't ask any more from my players but it takes a centre half to get across a player to get a goal. Our strikers need to learn unless you put your head in where it hurts you are not going to score."

The positives for Ipswich were the performances of the young players, in particular Billy Clarke and new boy Martin Brittain who went on as substitutes, but Magilton is cautious about when to use them.

He said: "We had nine players under 22 and that bodes well for the future but they must be able to recover from this. We now have to keep spirits high and we have an important game on Friday night.”

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