Jim to stick with strike pairing

ALAN Lee and Jonathan Walters will lead the Ipswich Town attack when they play relegation-haunted Barnsley at Portman Road on Saturday.Francis Jeffers began full training on Tuesday after recovering from a hamstring tear, but Town boss Jim Magilton says that the ex-England striker will start on the bench.

By Elvin King

ALAN Lee and Jonathan Walters will lead the Ipswich Town attack when they play relegation-haunted Barnsley at Portman Road on Saturday.

Francis Jeffers began full training on Tuesday after recovering from a hamstring tear, but Town boss Jim Magilton says that the ex-England striker will start on the bench.

“We also have a game at Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, and Franny will hopefully be fit enough to feature in both,” said Magilton.


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“But Alan and Jonathan caused problems against Plymouth last weekend and will start again on Saturday.

“They have been working hard together in training.

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“Franny's return keeps them on their toes and we are all well aware of his quality. He has the bit between his teeth.”

Skipper Jason De Vos and midfield dynamo Gavin Williams will both be nursed through training this week as they protect foot and pelvic concerns, while Owen Garvan took a knock on his ankle at the weekend and had to leave training early.

However, he is expected to face Barnsley, as is Fabian Wilnis who suffered a bruised knee in the 3-0 win over Plymouth.

Magilton was pleased with the way Williams and Garvan combined and said: “There was a maturity about their play and when one went forward the other stayed back to cover.”

Ian Miller impressed his manager on his first-team debut as late substitute and Magilton said the former Bury Town player will play some part at the weekend.

Sean Doherty, 22, has gone back to Accrington after a trial last week.

Magilton said: “We will keep an eye on him and we might invite him back pre-season.”

Plymouth manager Ian Holloway has hit out at Town's Jon Walters after Argyle defender Matthias Doumbe was sent off after 40 seconds at Portman Road on Saturday.

The Pilgrims' boss said: “The Ipswich player kicked the ball too far and then dived.

“He conned the assistant referee and this is something we want out of football.

“I have a raving hump with Walters as he has got a key player of mine suspended.”

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