Jim's stark warning

AN angry Jim Magilton warned that Ipswich Town could face a relegation battle if they don't stop making stupid mistakes.After the second away Championship defeat in five days, the Blues manager said: "We play good football but unless we cut out mistakes we could face a relegation fight.

By Elvin King

AN angry Jim Magilton warned that Ipswich Town could face a relegation battle if they don't stop making stupid mistakes.

After the second away Championship defeat in five days, the Blues manager said: "We play good football but unless we cut out mistakes we could face a relegation fight."

And Magilton had no sympathy for Simon Walton, who was sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Derby County last night.

"I have no complaints over Simon's sending off and he let his team mates down. He will be fined.

"He has got to learn quickly or he could turn out to be just an average player.

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"But by the laws of the game, Michael Johnson should have gone as well for a bad foul on Alan Lee after he had been booked.

“And Seth Johnson went over the top with a tackle on Owen Garvan and should have seen a straight red.

“I will send a video to the referee and also make sure my players watch it as well.

"We conceded two sloppy goals because people did not take responsibility.

Responsibility appears to be a dirty word around our building.

"I cannot fault the effort with Sito Castro doing well and Matt Richards running his socks off.

"Owen Garvan had a good 90 minutes and Gavin Williams got half an hour.

Despite playing with a slight groin strain Alan Lee led the line well."

Magilton went to make his point to referee Ray Lee before leaving Pride Park unhappy that his opposite Billy Davies had spoken to the official at the interval.

But Davies refuted suggestions that he had made a special visit to speak to the match official.

He said: "I happened to be walking down the corridor at the same time as the referee, and I did ask why the first half Steve Howard effort had been disallowed.

"We netted two great goals, and Ipswich scored with a very good effort.

But it was there only real shot on target.

"It is going to take years to get Derby back to where they were after six years or so of fighting relegation. We have got an awful lot to do, and despite six straight wins we are keeping our feet on the ground."

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