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International showdown for Town duo

PUBLISHED: 07:53 05 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

SOCCER: Jim Magilton has a personal score to settle with his Ipswich team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson when Northern Ireland play Iceland this evening.

Magilton was ribbed mercilessly by Hreidarsson after Iceland beat the Irish 1-0 in Reykjavik back in October.

Jim Magilton has a personal score to settle with his Ipswich team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson when Northern Ireland play Iceland this evening.

Magilton was ribbed mercilessly by Hreidarsson after Iceland beat the Irish 1-0 in Reykjavik back in October.

Northern Ireland went down to a last-minute goal following a mistake by goalkeeper Roy Carroll, and the defeat was the start of a six-match losing run which signalled the end of their World Cup hopes.

It was an experience Magilton did not enjoy, and he would love to get his own back over Hreidarsson at Windsor Park.

"There was a bit of stick flying about the last time," said the Northern Ireland captain.

"I had said stuff, joking about what it would be like in Iceland and stuff like that.

"We conceded a last-minute goal, and it was a really disappointing result.

"Big Hermann was delighted and as soon as the final whistle went he came up to me and threw his jersey in my face.

"The ribbing lasted quite a while, although I did get him to concede that we were the better side in the first half.

"I didn't enjoy it, and it would be great if I could put one over him on Wednesday.

"There's certainly a bit left over from that game. We feel we should at least have got a point from that match and we want to put that right on Wednesday."

Magilton knows that will be no easy feat. Iceland can still qualify for the 2002 finals following their 3-1 win over the Czech Republic in Reykjavik on Saturday.

They are fourth in Group Three, just four points behind leaders Bulgaria. However, Magilton claims Northern Ireland's tails are also up following their fine 1-1 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen.

n Crocked Ipswich defender John McGreal hopes to hit the comeback trail this week.

McGreal, absent since the opening-day defeat at Sunderland with hamstring trouble, is in line for a return to action in tomorrow night's Portman Road reserve clash with Fulham (kick-off 7pm).

Town boss George Burley said: "I might give John 45 minutes to see how he goes. He hasn't had much football recently and we don't want to rush him."

Full-back Gary Croft, who had a groin operation in the summer, is also hoping to make an appearance and prove his fitness.

But there is still a question mark against striker Alun Armstrong, whose recent back problem has restricted him to just two substitute appearances totalling a mere 14 minutes.

Burley added: "With Alun it is a question of seeing how he does in training and deciding if he is up to a game. He has missed a lot of training and needs to build up his fitness."

Hamstring victim Fabian Wilnis has ruled himself out of Saturday's trip to face bottom club Leicester, although Burley reported: "He is improving and isn't far away."

The Town boss won't be able to assemble his entire senior squad until Friday because Hermann Hreidarsson, Jim Magilton and Pablo Counago are all in international action this week.


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