Jim's promise

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton today pledged: “We will go to Chester with all guns blazing!”There is no danger of the Town chief playing down the importance of tomorrow's FA Cup third round tie against the mid-table League Two outfit.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton today pledged: “We will go to Chester with all guns blazing!”

There is no danger of the Town chief playing down the importance of tomorrow's FA Cup third round tie against the mid-table League Two outfit.

Magilton said: “Our FA Cup record in recent years has hardly been glorious and it's time to change that. I expect us to win the game.”


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The only fitness concern is over teenage midfielder Owen Garvan, who has a hip injury and might have to sit this one out.

Magilton said: “Owen took a knock on his hip and we'll take a look at him before we set off. We might even take him along and leave it until tomorrow morning before we make a final decision.

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“He is bruised and tender so he must be regarded as doubtful.”

The Town boss will resist the temptation to rest any of his senior stars after a gruelling recent spell of four Championship games in just nine days.

He added: “We're not at that point yet. We had a good win over Birmingham on Monday and we want another win at Chester. Winning is a good habit and it helps to breed confidence.”

With loan pair Jon Macken and Simon Walton having returned to Crystal Palace and Charlton respectively, their places in the squad heading north are taken by Martin Brittain and Scott Barron.

Magilton revealed that Ipswich made a specific request to Yeovil, where Brittain made ten loan appearances, that he should not feature in their FA Cup games.

The 22-year-old former Newcastle player has yet to make his league debut for Town, his only first team outing so far coming as a substitute in the League Cup-tie at Peterborough in August.

“Martin has come back this week and he looks fit and ready to play if we choose to pick him,” said Magilton, hinting that the right-winger could feature.

The news that Canadian winger Jaime Peters is likely to be on his way from Portman Road in the summer - apart from failing to establish himself he is likely to have problems on the work permit front - suggests Brittain will figure more prominently in the coming weeks.

There is no place in tomorrow's squad for experienced midfielder Darren Currie, who is back after an eight-game loan stint at Coventry.

Magilton said: “Darren has trained well but I don't think he is in the right mindset. He will say he is but there's a lot going on.”

Gavin Williams, whose last-gasp spectacular strike clinched the New Year's Day win over Birmingham, looks like being OK to travel.

The Welsh international continues to suffer from a groin problem and Magilton said he may again start with him on the bench, as was the case on Monday.

Magilton also stressed his desire to keep tabs on Macken now that he is back at Selhurst Park, stating: “We might not be able to do anything now but it could be in the summer.”

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