Victory at a price

BLUES boss Jim Magilton labelled Alex Bruce a 'stupid boy' after picking up his 10th booking of the season.The defender was yellow-carded after getting involved in a scuffle with Chester midfielder Jamie Hand, which continued after the whistle, and he will now miss two games.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton labelled Alex Bruce a 'stupid boy' after picking up his 10th booking of the season.

The defender was yellow-carded after getting involved in a scuffle with Chester midfielder Jamie Hand, which continued after the whistle, and he will now miss two games.

Magilton said: "He is a stupid boy. He knew that Jason De Vos is probably out for six weeks and he knew he was on nine bookings.

"It was a stupid booking for something he should not have got involved with. That late in the game you let the referee deal with it.”

Magilton was not particularly happy with his side's performance but delighted to be in the fourth round against Swansea City. He said: "We would all like to play free-flowing football all the time but it doesn't work that way. The fourth round was playing on the mind a bit and we were a bit edgy.

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Magilton was happy to see substitute Matt Richards score after Sylvain Legwinski went off at half-time with a hip injury. He said: "I was delighted for Matt, I have been on at him to shoot more and he took the chance and scored."

Richards said after the game: "I was determined to shoot more and luckily for me it paid off. We have said we need to get more goals from midfield and I have got one."

Chester manager Mark Wright was rightly proud of his players but bemused why a first half goal they scored was disallowed. Wright said: "I could not understand why he didn't give it. He looked to have played advantage for a foul when the flag went up but then brought it back after we scored."

Magilton last night again denied the Blues have made an approach for Sheffield United's Steve Kabba, saying: "We have not asked about him."

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