Jim still has faith

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton still has faith in strikers Billy Clarke and Danny Haynes despite leaving both out of Saturday's starting line-up at Sunderland.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton still has faith in strikers Billy Clarke and Danny Haynes despite leaving both out of Saturday's starting line-up at Sunderland.

Magilton, who confirmed he will be stepping up his search for a front man after just 12 goals in 15 games, said: “Both Billy and Danny are ones for the future - I have no doubts about that.

“They will work their guts out for me, but they are both 19 and we need a more experienced front man to take the weight off the shoulders of Alan Lee.”


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The manager, who was believed to be on a scouting mission yesterday, continued: “I thought we should have had something on Saturday.

“When you come to the Stadium of Light you know you are going to get a pounding but we battered them in the second half and penned them in.

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“We didn't close them down quickly and I am very disappointed about the goal we conceded.

“David Wright did well on his debut, and he will get better.

“Alan Lee thought he should have had a penalty when the goalkeeper bundled him over, but the referee did not give it so we have to take our medicine and get on with it.

“We have come away with no points again after playing particularly well.

“Danny Haynes was unlucky not to score. It took a great clearance to stop him and overall we deserved to get an equaliser.”

Sunderland boss Roy Keane said: “Because of the dreadful conditions it was a day to take the points and move on.

“We had a decent 15 minutes, but after that I cannot remember too many chances.

“Darren Ward made one fine save and after playing well for no return a number of times it was the other way round this time.

“Ipswich adapted better to the conditions. But we had a good desire and there was a determination from everybody.

“I asked the players for an early goal but after that we could not get to grips with the game, though we could have had five penalties.

“I knew it was an important day with three lads making their home debut but we dug deep and got the result.”

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