Jim: This one is for the fans
IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton will be telling his players to go out with a bang when they finish their Championship campaign against Cardiff at Portman Road on Sunday.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton will be telling his players to go out with a bang when they finish their Championship campaign against Cardiff at Portman Road on Sunday (kick-off 1pm).
The Blues boss is expecting a 26,000 plus attendance, and he sees it as an ideal opportunity for the club to thank their fans for their support.
“I want to send our supporters away happy so that they can spend an optimistic summer and look forward to better things next season,” said Magilton.
“Our supporters have been very loyal and have stood by us in a topsy-turvy campaign.
“They have been very, very understanding and the players appreciate that.
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“Sunday's game gives us a chance to say thank you with a memorable performance and it is important that we do.”
After the game balls and shirts will be thrown into the crowd by the players and it is expected to be a good atmosphere with 24,000 tickets already sold and kids able to enter the stadium for a quid.
Reflecting on the season Magilton said: “We will finish where we deserve to finish which is disappointing as last August I had high hopes it would be higher.
“If we had the same belief for the whole season that we have now then we would be much further up the table. It has been a case of missed opportunities.”
Alex Bruce is a doubt after suffering ankle and knee injuries in the first half of last Saturday's win at Leeds. He was training today but if he is unavailable Ian Miller or Chris Casement will come in. Striker Danny Haynes will be available having recovered from a cracked jaw, and Magilton said: “Everybody wants to play in this one and we will sort out a team after training tomorrow.”