Goal hero Danny nearly didn't play

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton revealed that goal hero Danny Haynes nearly never made Saturday's 3-2 derby victory over spirited Colchester United.“I had to drag him from his sick bed,” said Magilton.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton revealed that goal hero Danny Haynes nearly never made Saturday's 3-2 derby victory over spirited Colchester United.

“I had to drag him from his sick bed,” said Magilton. “He had a kick on the ankle and I plucked him from the physio's room in the morning.

“I asked him if he could do 20 minutes, and he said 'no problem'. He took his goal well and showed composure by waiting until the keeper committed himself.”

Magilton praised Jaime Peters' contribution, and added: “It was our first bit of quality when Billy Clarke had a 'goal' disallowed.

“Then we switched off and conceded a poor goal defensively that jolted us. We showed character to come back and on the day just edged it.

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“It was a very harsh decision in the dying embers of the game to dismiss David Wright.

“He could not get out of the way and I am not sure if it was handball anyway.

“But Nelson has more chance of getting his eye back than the decision being overturned.”

Colchester manager Geraint Williams conceded that Town were worthy of their win. He said: “On balance of play Ipswich deserved to win it. We have no excuses.

“Ipswich were more of a threat in the first half and we were fortunate to be level at the interval.

“It was disappointing to concede a goal from a corner. In fact we could have done better with all three goals we conceded.”

Talking about the Clarke 'goal' he said: “If they say it was over the line I won't disagree with them. We just played to the whistle and went up the other end and scored.

“Ipswich looked lively but their third goal stemmed from a misplaced pass. We got caught on the break by the pace of Danny Haynes.”

The former Town player was given a warm reception, and he said: I heard some nice comments, the best one being that I look slimmer now than I did when I played!”

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