Magilton expects strong competition

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton believes the Coca-Cola Championship will be as strong as last season.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton believes the Coca-Cola Championship will be as strong as last season.

Today he picked out who he expects to be the main dangers to the Blues in their push for a Premier League place.

“The three sides who came down will be there or thereabouts,” he said. “If we finish ahead of Birmingham and Reading we will not be too far wrong.

“Bristol City will have no fear after last season while Wolves and the two Sheffield clubs will be in contention.

“In fact, every team will go into Saturday's game feeling they have every chance of doing well.

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“And every team will go into every game - whether home or away - expecting to win it.”

Magilton has yet to win a Carling Cup tie as a manager - and he has also not effectively lost one either.

First round games at Peterborough and MK Dons were lost on penalties after the teams could not be separated after 120 minutes.

With a home contest against League Two Leyton Orient on Tuesday, the Blues have every chance of making it through to the second round for a change.

Even though he revealed that he expects to make changes from Saturday's team on Tuesday, Magilton wants nothing less than a win.

“Winning breeds confidence and this is what we want,” he said. “Winning becomes a habit, and that breeds extra confidence.

“With respect to Leyton Orient we have a great chance of starting a run, although they will be all out to upset our apple cart.

“I am expecting something from the game as we look to install a winning mentality.”

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