Magilton pleased with a point at Forest

JIM Magilton said he was pleased to take a point of bottom club Nottingham Forest and insisted he has the self-belief to push Ipswich Town up the table.

Derek Davis

JIM Magilton said he was pleased to take a point of bottom club Nottingham Forest and insisted he has the self-belief to push Ipswich Town up the table.

Garath McCleary put Forest ahead before the break with Tommy Miller salvaging a point for Ipswich with a second half penalty.

After losing at Charlton, Town got back to their drawing ways away from home and Magilton felt that is an improvement on last year.

Magilton said: “We have struggled at home a little but away from home our performances have improved. If we had played anywhere near as well away from home last season as we are now then we would have been in the play-offs.

“We are slowly but surely getting to where I want us to be. If we get a few more wins then confidence will grow as it does in this league.

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“We know what this division is about and if we get momentum we will climb the table.

“We are slightly inconsistent, but with performances like this then we will start turning one point into three.”

Magilton still has total faith in himself, but admits his players need to show the same self-belief.

He said: “I'm most confident in myself. What I have to do is transfer that confidence into my players my confidence in myself.”

Jon Walters hit the crossbar in the first half with an outrageous 35-yard effort, but otherwise debut-making goalkeeper Lee Camp had little to trouble him.

Richard Wright saw the ball flash past him into the net three times, but two were ruled out for offside.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the second half as Ipswich failed to find a way past the bottom club.

Magilton was still happy with his side's display and said: “I'm disappointed that we didn't take all three points but I'm very pleased with my team's performance.

“We controlled large chunks of the game and dominated possession but didn't convert.

“We knew Nottingham Forest would pose us a threat especially with Nathan Tyson's pace, but if they don't have the ball they couldn't play.”

With Pablo Counago quite often the lone striker Town's chances were few, but Magilton was not overly concerned.

He said: “I'm disappointed we didn't create more chances, but Swansea had six shots on Saturday and scored two goals, I don't know how many we had, but everyone spoke about how well they played.

“But against Forest we controlled large chunks and passed the ball extremely well and had opportunities so maybe our quality in the final third let us down, but overall I have to say I'm really pleased.”

Wright, who had to be at his best to deny Tyson, had more to do than his opposite number and justified his selection.

Magilton said: “I had to make a decision about Richard and he knows he doesn't have many lives left. He knows Shane Supple is breathing down his neck, but he is, in my opinion a very good keeper and he deserved the benefit of the doubt.”