Sylvain aims to take his chance
SYLVAIN Legwinski is hoping to make his first start for the Blues in nearly five months tonight at MK Dons.Boss Jim Magilton will tinker slightly with the side after the sparkling display and 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
By Derek Davis
SYLVAIN Legwinski is hoping to make his first start for the Blues in nearly five months tonight at MK Dons.
Boss Jim Magilton will tinker slightly with the side after the sparkling display and 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Magilton said: “I'm not going to make too many changes, just give one or two a rest. We need to build on Saturday and keep as much a settled side as possible.”
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Legwinski could well be one of those who gets a game, as he builds on his match fitness with Tommy Miller picking up a slight knock, although Owen Garvan may be the one sacrificed in the longer term.
He said: “I feel ready and I would love to start in the game but we have to wait until the manager decides. I'm still a bit short in terms of match fitness, but a few games will sort that out.”
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Getting the minutes on the pitch is not the only thing that matters for the Frenchman, who insists that Town need to keep the winning habit and can't take the League One side lightly.
He said: “For me it is important to have a cup run but also it is another game to build on what we did on Saturday. You can't take anything for granted and if you are not ready then we will be eliminated.”
The midfielder, who took a couple of the Player of the Year awards last season, has been a key player since signing from Fulham a year ago and has also had an input off the pitch too.
Legwinski was critical of Chris Coleman's coaching methods at Craven Cottage, but has no such complaints at Ipswich. Like many of the senior players, Legwinski is regularly consulted by the coaching staff and he backs the changes in training schedules, including their early return and change in training times.
He said: “The gaffer connects very well with Simon Thadani and between them they have come up with the very best schedule for us.
“We have had the most complete preparation we can do combined with the football.
“The idea is very good and it seems very logical. It took me some getting used to after years of training in the morning but the concept is good.
“We trained twice a day on the continent. We trained very hard and very long in my early days but now the approach to training is far more scientific and protective than it used to be.
“It was a good idea to come back early and ease the way back in. With a young team it also hopes to bring the confidence for players.”
Jason De Vos was a fellow sufferer of a fractured metatarsal earlier in the season, so he may be rested to avoid placing too much stress on the foot, with Fabian Wilnis likely to replace him.
Gary Roberts may find his goal on Saturday was not enough to keep his place, with Jaime Peters and George O'Callaghan vying for a start, if Garvan is not shunted sideways to accommodate Legwinski.
Town may look to give Jon Walters a run up front with Pablo Counago as Alan Lee does not respond well to three games in a week, and that could also mean Danny Haynes getting a rare start.
Although Town will field a strong side, this could be a chance for Shane Supple to gain some game time too.
MK Dons: Gueret, Abbey, Stirling, O'Hanlon, Murphy, Lewington, Wright, Andrews, Navarro, Dyer, Broughton, Gallen, Wilbraham, Knight, Edds, Page, Collins and Cameron.
Ipswich Town: Supple, Alexander, Wright, Harding, Bruce, Wilnis, De Vos, Legwinski, Roberts, Peters, Haynes, O'Callaghan, Garvan, Miller, Walters, Counago, Lee and Clarke.