Gritty display earns just rewards

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton said: “It was a gritty performance at Luton and we got our just rewards with a 2-0 win.”“It was pretty lively, but the importance of the three points overrode everything else.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton said: “It was a gritty performance at Luton and we got our just rewards with a 2-0 win.”

“It was pretty lively, but the importance of the three points overrode everything else.

“The conditions were difficult and the pitch didn't allow us to pass the ball as we would have liked.


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“We needed to follow up our good performance at Preston in midweek and we did that and deserved the points.

“We knew Luton would come at us, given their position in the table, and we had to stand up to that, stick together and come through it.

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“There was a real determination to get a result and I am delighted for the players and the staff that we came up with the victory.

“It was real team effort with some good performances, but I have to pick out Jason De Vos for his display.

“He had a cut in his mouth and needed stitches, but there was no way he wanted to come off. He was immense and epitomised everything about us.

“Our fans were terrific and lifted the players - I think the players lifted the fans as well.”

Magilton expects Sylvain Legwinski, who limped off during the first half, to be fit for the game with Plymouth in a fortnight.

“He has taken a knock on his foot but I expect him to be fit for Plymouth.”

Luton caretaker-manager Brian Stein feels that his club's fans have unrealistic expectations after their frustrations led to unruly scenes in the main stand during the game.

“We have always been a selling club. The club is losing £2million per year.

“They get a perception that we are one of the big boys, but we are not. We get gates of 6,000 or 7,000.

“We are expected to compete with clubs like Derby, Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland, but we can't. We are Luton Town. We can't spend £2m or £3m on one player.”

Luton midfielder Steve Robinson confronted a fan, but said he merely asked the supporter what he had said to him as he made his way to the tunnel.

Robinson added: “He is entitled to his opinion. I asked him what he said.

“I am passionate and I want to win. He is passionate and he wants to win. We are in this together.”

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