Home record is a recipe for success

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton sees having a good home record as a recipe for success.He said after the 4-1 win over Coventry City: “To have a successful season you need to base it on good home performances.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton sees having a good home record as a recipe for success.

He said after the 4-1 win over Coventry City: “To have a successful season you need to base it on good home performances.

“Now we must look to step-up our away displays. I was critical of our play at West Brom and we have worked hard since.

“We needed a good win and it is part of the building blocks we are erecting at the club.”

Magilton singled out Jon Walters and Pablo Counago for praise saying: “I feel very fortunate to have Jon.

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“He is a good footballer with a real desire to get better.

“His work ethic is second to none. His all-round play is exemplary and he can only get better.

“I felt that a striker playing wide can have a natural instinct for getting in the right areas and that has been proved correct.

“He has scored with two fantastic headers this season.

“In many ways he reminds me of James Scowcroft, when he played here. Scowy preferred to come deep rather than be at the forefront of the attack.

“Scowy did a great job for this football club and if Jon does half as well I'll be delighted.

“He's been a great signing for us, is an outstanding individual and there is still a lot more to come from him.

“Pablo is a key player and that was shown on Saturday. He now needs to replicate this away from Portman Road.”

Magilton was pleased with the overall performance adding: “We needed to get out of the blocks quickly and we capitalised on that to score some good goals. All credit to Coventry for coming out and having a go.

“It would be nice to bottle this form and take it away with us.”

Magilton confirmed that Alex Bruce was suffering from nausea when he came off.

“If Dele Adebola had scored soon after the re-start he would have been suffering from worse than that,” quipped the Town boss.

Coventry manager Iain Dowie summed up his disappointment, saying: “One team could defend and the other couldn't. We gave a very poor defensive display.

“The first goal was a litany of errors. I put it down as a blip. I hope it's only a blip because I cannot put up with defending like that.

“We will all have to work hard on the training ground during the week. We allowed Walters and Lee to dominate us in the air.”

Dowie had special praise for Ipswich manager Magilton, a Northern Ireland team-mate over the years.

He added: “Jim is a top-class lad, a top-class footballer and I'm sure he will be a top-class manager. If I have to lose to anybody I will lose to Jim.”

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