Jim's revenge mission
IPSWICH will be on a revenge mission at Rotherham tomorrow, with skipper Jim Magilton insisting: “We want to right a wrong.”The 34-year-old midfielder does not have to be reminded of the events of almost 12 months ago, when Town's play-off challenge was all but ended by a 2-1 defeat at Millmoor.
By Mel Henderson
IPSWICH will be on a revenge mission at Rotherham tomorrow, with skipper Jim Magilton insisting: “We want to right a wrong.”
The 34-year-old midfielder does not have to be reminded of the events of almost 12 months ago, when Town's play-off challenge was all but ended by a 2-1 defeat at Millmoor.
He recalled: “We murdered them for 45 minutes - it really was a 1-0 hammering - then they threw a few things at us in the second half and two late goals sunk us.
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“I don't like to think back to what the dressing room was like afterwards. We knew what it meant, that it was virtually over for another year, and it was a horrible feeling.”
Magilton hopes to be fit for action tomorrow, having seen a back specialist in a bid to overcome a sciatic problem that kept him out of training until yesterday.
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He added: “It flares up every now and again, but it has settled down well in the last couple of days. It will be touch and go as to whether or not I play, but I'm expecting to be all right.”
A repeat of last year's outcome would seriously dent Town's already slim play-off hopes and Magilton agreed: “With the games running out, it's important that we don't lose at Rotherham or at home to Sunderland on Monday.
“I am absolutely positive that if we can get mentally right for every game, we have the potential to win them all. I realise it's a big ask, but it's possible and we'll be going all-out to make it happen.
“You look at the other teams, our rivals, and you realise they have to play each other. It's been tight since Christmas and you can see it going to the very last day.
“It's not about what others do, but about getting our own house in order. If we can continue to play the way we did last Sunday we won't be far away.
“We know what Rotherham will be like. They play to their strengths, but at the end of the day we need to knuckle down and get on with it.
“We need to focus on the job in hand and go out to perform. It will be down to me and the other experienced lads to settle the others down and get us playing again.”
Young midfielder Ian Westlake is still feeling the effects of a calf injury that forced him off during the recent home defeat by West Bromwich Albion, but he is included in a 17-strong squad.
There is still no return for defender John McGreal, who twisted an ankle in training a week ago, but he and Richard Naylor could be fit enough to be considered for duty on Monday.
Town boss Joe Royle does not expect the Millmoor pitch to be on a par with the Portman Road playing surface, but he admitted: “In their position I'd probably do the same.
“If you promised me the same performance as last Sunday, with a little bit of luck thrown in, I would take it.”
After a run of just one win in their last seven games, Rotherham remain four points adrift of manager Ronnie Moore's 50-point survival target.
Town have a good record at Millmoor, last season's defeat being only their second in ten league visits dating back almost 50 years.
Former Ipswich central defender Chris Swailes is available again for the Millers, having served a two-game suspension imposed after he collected ten yellow cards this season.