Skipper backs Jim over blast at players

JASON De Vos today agreed that Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton was right to slam his players after the Carling Cup penalties defeat at League Two MK Dons.

By Elvin King

JASON De Vos today agreed that Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton was right to slam his players after the Carling Cup penalties defeat at League Two MK Dons.

The Blues skipper was one of the better visiting players on view as the euphoria of Saturday's 4-1 success over Sheffield Wednesday was quickly forgotten.

If the weekend showing was good this was equally as bad.


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And De Vos, who gave away a 119th minute penalty that allowed the Dons to make the score of an eventful match after extra time 3-3, was in no mood to make excuses having slept on the display.

While the rest of the Town squad were told to remain tight-lipped, the captain was given permission to speak.

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He said: “The manager was right to blast us after the match.

“He gave us some choice words, and we deserved them.

“To be honest we did not need to be told, as we know how we let ourselves down.”

De Vos questioned the team's professionalism after they went 2-0 at the splendidly appointed StadiumMK before getting back into the match through a debatable penalty and an own goal.

“We need to be more professional,” he continued, “and adopt the same attitude in cup games as we do in the league.

“Consistency is something that we lack and we could not raise our game last night.

“We were second best and although we had chances we did not take them.

“When it came down to penalties it was anybody's result.

“We showed character to pull back and go ahead, but we should never have allowed ourselves to go behind.”

And reflecting on his last- minute foul that gave Kevin Gallen the chance to make it 3-3 from the spot, De Vos said: “The referee said that I pulled Leon Knight over, yet he fell forward.

“My team mates tell me it was not a spot kick, I'll be interested to see the video.”

Magilton selected a full strength side, and he must now pick his players up for the long trip to Plymouth on Saturday.

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