Jim looks ahead to white-hot atmosphere

IPSWICH Town Jim Magilton wants his players to benefit from the white-hot atmosphere that will be Elland Road tomorrow.The Blues can virtually send Leeds United down to League One if they gain three points at the ground of the Yorkshire club.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town Jim Magilton wants his players to benefit from the white-hot atmosphere that will be Elland Road tomorrow.

The Blues can virtually send Leeds United down to League One if they gain three points at the ground of the Yorkshire club.

And Magilton feels it will be a new experience for most of his players - and a chance to gain revenge for failing to beat Leeds two years ago when victory would have led to promotion.


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Magilton said: “Darren Currie missed in stoppage time and it was a good chance that in hindsight would have seen us promoted automatically.

“It was a great atmosphere that day and it is likely to be even livelier tomorrow with a sell-out crowd.

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“Leeds will come at us hammer and tongs and it will be like a play-off game.

“Although it is not win or bust for us I want my players to become comfortable in that environment so that when the big games come, which I am sure they will in the future, we will be prepared and able to express ourselves on big occasions.”

Magilton confirmed that Shane Supple will continue in goal with Lewis Price still feeling the effects of a sore foot, with the latter being on the bench.

Owen Garvan and Gavin Williams were training at Barnsley today where the players stopped on their trip north, but striker Danny Haynes did not make the journey.

Magilton said: “He did a jog around yesterday but his cheekbone was still a problem and he has been left at home.”

Haynes needs one more match to clock up 50 league appearances and he suffered his injury heading a goal for the reserves on Monday night. He made his first team debut at Leeds in September 2005. Sito Castro needs one more game to reach 50 with Ipswich.

“We looked a bit leggy at Norwich last Sunday with the number of games we have played taking a toll,” said Magilton, “but this is a game where we will be going all out to win.”

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