Jim happy to make changes
IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton is pleased to make changes for tonight's Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton is pleased to make changes for tonight's Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45-pm).
This is despite a heroic display from a makeshift side that was unluckily beaten
1-0 by Premiership Watford in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
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“We had some magnificent performances on Saturday and that team will all come into consideration again,” said Magilton. “But we need some fresh bodies.
“We used up a lot of energy at Vicarage Road.”
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Magilton is able to add leading scorer Alan Lee and midfielder Owen Garvan to his squad after both were suspended on Saturday.
Striker Jonathan Walters is also available after being cup-tied and the manager is hoping that skipper Jason De Vos can make his comeback after suffering a cracked metatarsal in training on January 15.
Wolves travel to Ipswich on the back of some excellent away performances having lost just once in their last nine away games.
And the Midland side are unbeaten in four matches - their best run of the season.
“We have got to stand up to a good Wolves side,” said Magilton.
“We need to get back to winning ways and find the right tempo that makes us a match for anyone.
“It is a game we must treat as important as a cup final,”
Ipswich have not scored for four matches, and Magilton says that must be put right. He is optimistic the duck can be broken against a Wolves side that although down to ten men for much of the game beat Town with a long-range Jay Bothroyd goal at Molineux last August.
“There have been times when we have been guilty of not taking the initiative in the final third, but we were better in this department in our last two matches,” said Magilton.
“There is no glory in defeat and even though we were glorious at Watford the record books will show we went out in the fifth round.
“Our support was magnificent and carried us for the 90 minutes, and in particular the second half when we were down to ten men.
“Our lads responded to that and we want that again.”
Richard Naylor and Fabian Wilnis will again both be missing with the former suffering from bone bruising to a toe and Wilnis affected by a hamstring problem.
“Wolves have bought well and they are on a surge,” said Magilton. “They have the play-offs at least on their mind and Stephen Ward and Andy Keogh doing well up front.
“We had our eye on Andy while he was at Scunthorpe.”
Wolves, who paid £600,000 for Keogh and got Ward from Dublin club Bohemians during the transfer window, have conceded just four goals in their last nine away games - losing only at Colchester on December 30.
They have won seven away league games, and their counter attacking ploy has been working well.
Wide player Michael Kightly is a former Southend trainee, who was signed from non-league Grays originally on loan last November.
Ipswich Town: Price, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Harding, Peters, Legwinski, Richards, Roberts, Lee, Walters, Casement, Garvan, O'Callaghan, Supple, Haynes, Clarke, Currie, Sito, Trotter.
Wolverhampton: Murray, Henry, Breen, N Collins, McNamara, Kightly, Olofinjana, Potter, McIndoe, Ward, Keogh, Davies, Budtz, Clapham, Edwards, Craddock, Bothroyd.
Referee: Mr S Mathieson (Cheshire)