Town must follow Capello's lead

IPSWICH Town must follow suit with England and get over the fear factor in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Reading at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town must follow suit with England and get over the fear factor in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Reading at Portman Road tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Fabio Capello came up trumps with the national side in Croatia on Wednesday when the knives were being sharpened and the pressure increasing on the England coach.

Jim Magilton, the Blues boss, will be hoping for same result tomorrow after a run of one league win in four.

He will hoping his players will also play with freedom and confidence and express themselves in the same positive way as Capello's side.

Well-organised and recently relegated Reading are not the best of opponents for a game that could herald some sharp criticism if three points are not forthcoming for the home side.

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The display in the second half against a Watford a fortnight ago was pretty dire and did not go down well with supporters.

They will be looking for a big improvement, and witness the fruits of some hard work on the Playford Road training ground over the last 14 days.

Jon Walters missed training early in the week with a stomach bug and did some special work with fitness coach Simon Thadani on Wednesday.

He is likely to feature in the starting line-up with Magilton set to keep faith with his back four as he looks for the current four to blend into a successful unit.

Owen Garvan, after his two international goals in Madeira on Tuesday, will be in line for a midfield return with Ivan Campo playing just in front of the back four again.

Jon Stead is set to make his debut up front after his transfer window deadline day loan signing from Sheffield United.

Magilton could keep the same 4-1-2-1-2 formation he used against Colchester in the Carling Cup - with Pablo Counago playing behind Walters and Stead (or Kevin Lisbie) and Garvan and Tommy Miller in midfield.

Tomorrow's likely squads

Ipswich Town: R Wright, Volz, McAuley, Naylor, Thatcher, Walters, Campo, Garvan, Miller, Stead, Counago, Supple, D Wright, Bruce, Balkestein, Smith, Shumulikoski, Haynes, Quinn, Trotter, Lisbie, Rhodes, Norris.

Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Pearce, Ingimarsson, Armstrong, Kebe, Harper, Karacan, S Hunt, N Hunt, Doyle, Long, Convey, Bikey, Federici, Kelly.

Referee: Mr K D Hill (Hertfordshire)

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