Jim will have to make changes
IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is reluctant to change his starting line-up at Burnley tomorrow.But suspension - Fabian Wilnis is ruled out after his red card at Plymouth on Tuesday - leaves him with no alternative.
By Mel Henderson
IPSWICH boss Jim Magilton is reluctant to change his starting line-up at Burnley tomorrow.
But suspension - Fabian Wilnis is ruled out after his red card at Plymouth on Tuesday - leaves him with no alternative.
Injury may also force the Town boss into a change in attack at Turf Moor, with Billy Clarke nursing a sore knee and Jon Macken having suffered a setback to the hamstring problem that has kept him out of the last two games.
If Clarke misses out, fellow 18-year-old Danny Haynes and loan star Gary Roberts are the two contenders to replace him against the third-placed Clarets.
Magilton said: “Both Danny and Gary are itching to play. I would have no problem throwing either of them in. They are both looking confident and ready.
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“I don't really want to change things but we have a few tired bodies. The trouble is, players want to play and when you ask them if they're alright they tend to tell little white lies - I know I did.
“We've had a tough few days and a degree of honesty would pay dividends. I don't want players out there unless they are 100 per cent fit and we might benefit from a few fresh legs.”
Magilton believes Burnley's current lofty position in the table is no flash in the pan and said he would not be surprised if they remained in contention through to the end of the season.
He added: “They are a well organised side and they don't respect reputations. We will have to cope with what they throw at us and come back with a little bit more.”
Town will be anxious to avoid another rash of costly bookings, having collected six in each of their last two away games at Southend and Plymouth. Magilton has been careful not to over-react to what may be an unfortunate coincidence, but it has cost the club £15,000 so far as a result of the Football Association's sliding scale of fines for such breaches of discipline.
But he revealed that local referee Mick Thorpe, who officiates regularly at Championship level, has been invited to join the Town players to help them clean up their act.
Magilton said: “We are not a dirty side. I want my players to be passionate and determined, I also want them to be disciplined.
“If they show dissent, kick the ball away and get involved in melees, I'll fine their butts.
“But we got six bookings at Plymouth and I didn't think there was a malicious tackle in the game. Roberts' yellow card was a joke.
“I think it would be a good idea if refs trained with clubs. It would give them a chance to forge relationships.
In-form Burnley are unbeaten in six games that have reaped 14 points and they have also kept four clean sheets in that time.
Like Ipswich, though, they are forced to make a change as ex-Crewe defender Stephen Foster is banned following his red card in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Luton.
BURNLEY: Jensen, Lafferty, Sinclair, Duff, Harley, Thomas, Elliott, James O'Connor, Hyde, Gray, Jones, Noel-Williams, McCann, Mahon, Branch, Spicer, Garreth O'Connor and Coyne
IPSWICH: Supple, Bruce, De Vos, Naylor, Harding, Peters, Walton, Legwinski, Richards, Lee, Clarke, Noble, Haynes, Barron, Roberts, Currie, Knights, Sito and Drobny.
Referee: Paul Robinson (Yorkshire).
n TOWN defender Ian Miller has gone on a month's loan to League Two club Boston United.