Lee: We'd love a cup run

ALAN Lee today promised Ipswich Town fans a serious tilt at the FA Cup (sponsored by e.on), this season.The Blues travel to League Two Chester City on Saturday bolstered by yesterday's pulsating 1-0 Championship win over leaders Birmingham City.

By Elvin King

ALAN Lee today promised Ipswich Town fans a serious tilt at the FA Cup (sponsored by e.on), this season.

The Blues travel to League Two Chester City on Saturday bolstered by yesterday's pulsating 1-0 Championship win over leaders Birmingham City.

Striker Lee, who gave his usual wholehearted display against the Midlands side, said: “We would love to have a run.

“The Championship has to be our number one target, but the FA Cup is good for the club and our fans.

“We are not going to win the Cup, but we can make an impression and have some fun along the way.

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“A bumper draw against a top Premiership side would be a bonus, and we must work hard to see if we can do that.

“We had a test yesterday and came through with flying colours playing very impressively.

“Matthew Upson was beating me in the air early on, but after that I was happy with my work.”

Match-winner Gavin Williams said: “We have now got to build on this win and get a bit of consistency and get a little run together.

“I think we should be aiming for the play-offs. On our day we are as good as anyone in the Championship, but we have got to play well in every game and at the moment we are not doing that.

“For my goal, it was a great ball in from Gary Roberts and I just had to get good contact, which I did.

“With the games so close together I was always going to struggle to be fit. Lucky for me, in a sense, that the manager decided to put me on the bench.”

Simon Walton bid farewell to Ipswich fans by handing his shirt to a fan in the crowd as he left the pitch.

The 19-year-old re-starts work at Charlton today after the ending of his loan period at Portman Road.

Walton said: “It was not a nice feeling to be saying goodbye.

“I now have a job to do at Charlton, and I leave behind a talented bunch of players who ideally I will meet up with again in the Premiership next season.“

n Ipswich chief executive David Bowden confirmed today that manager Jim Magilton has money to spend in the current transfer window.

“But not a vast amount,” stressed Bowden, who says he expects to see permanent as well as loan signings come in.

Gary Roberts permanent move from Accrington has been completed with no planned outward forced moves although Darren Currie could be Coventry-bound.

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