Town ordered to attack
ATTACK, attack attack.That is the message from Blues boss Jim Magilton as he orders his troops to show as much conviction away from home as they do at Portman Road.
By Derek Davis
ATTACK, attack attack.
That is the message from Blues boss Jim Magilton as he orders his troops to show as much conviction away from home as they do at Portman Road.
With the manner of the defeat at Watford still rankling, Magilton is determined that his side will not be shrinking violets at the Hawthorns this weekend.
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While he accepts West Brom are a top side, Magilton is urging his players to go at them from the first whistle.
Magilton said: “We have to attack games away from home as we do at home. I believe we have enough about us to take teams on away from home.
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“We want to start quickly at home and we should expect us also be doing that away too.
“We don't train any differently before an away game as we do for a home match so there is no reason not to approach the game differently.”
“We need to be aggressive and show the sort of conviction that we had in the opening three league games.
“It can't just be directed by the coaches, it needs to come from the players as well.”
The players can spare themselves an ear bashing by taking the game to the Baggies, even if they come unstuck.
Magilton said: “If we lose and performances are good then we can deal with that.”
Although keeper Neil Alexander's wife Joanne has not yet given birth to their second child so Shane Supple is on stand by to play, Magilton has been happy with the fortnight break from playing.
He said: “The two weeks has helped us get players fresh again and they are looking sharp.”
Jon Walters is likely to start up front alongside Pablo Counago if Lee doesn't make it with Dean Bowditch possibly getting back into the squad following his hat-trick for the reserves on Monday.
Magilton is expecting his side to defend better as a team than they did at Watford although appreciates the Baggies are lively up front.
Although manager Tony Mowbray has lost the likes of Diomansky Kamara and Jason Koumas, he has brought in Craig Beattie and Portuguese attacker Felipe Teixeira to supplement the ever-dangerous Kevin Phillips.
Magilton said: “Beattie and Phillips are lively and difficult opponents but if our lads want to play at the highest level they have to be able to deal with that.
“As a player that is what it is all about, testing yourself against good players but if our lads show belief then they can match them and more.”
Alan Lee missed training yesterday as he rested his sore hamstring but may get involved today as he looks to try and play on Saturday.