Follow Chester's lead, says Garvan

RISING star Owen Garvan, yet to gain a cup win for Ipswich Town, says the Blues must take a leaf out of Chester City's book in next Tuesday's replay.Town scraped a 0-0 draw in Saturday's FA Cup tie.

By Elvin King

RISING star Owen Garvan, yet to gain a cup win for Ipswich Town, says the Blues must take a leaf out of Chester City's book in next Tuesday's replay.

Town scraped a 0-0 draw in Saturday's FA Cup - sponsored by E.ON - third round game at the League Two minnows.

The Ipswich midfielder, 19 on January 29, said: “Chester were handed a second chance and were determined to make the most of it.

“We have been given our own second chances and we must now show the same desire and will to win.

“Chester wanted it more - you could not fail to see that.

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“They were up for it more than us and we need to look at ourselves.

“We were second best and they battled better than we did.

“But we are still in the competition and hopefully Saturday was just a blip.”

Chester were “beaten” by Bury in a second round replay, but were reinstated into the most romantic of football competitions after their opponents fielded an ineligible player.

The home side had enough opportunities to have built up a sizeable first half lead and - apart from a late effort from Alan Lee that struck the bar - the Blues never looked like finding the net.

“It was a long journey home,” added Garvan. “It gave us plenty of time to reflect on what went wrong and why we were so bad.

“Chester had great chances, while our only consistent spell was in the last few minutes.

“We have plenty to put right in the replay.”

This has been confirmed for Tuesday, January 16, with a 7.45pm kick-off at Portman Road. By then Ipswich should have a new striker on their books with manager Jim Magilton expected to swoop and make a permanent signing anytime now.

The formalities are almost complete and taking wage demands and transfer fees into account a frequent scorer from the lower divisions is the most likely source of the newcomer.

Ipswich fly to the north east on Friday for Saturday's Championship game at Sunderland the following day.

Then it will be back to Suffolk for more work to see off plucky Chester and enter the fourth round.

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