Players must believe they can win - Jim

JIM Magilton says that he must instil back into his players' minds a belief that they can win football matches.“We have to get everybody in today, get their heads up and get into their minds that we can go out and win a game,” said the Ipswich Town boss.

By Elvin King

JIM Magilton says that he must instil back into his players' minds a belief that they can win football matches.

“We have to get everybody in today, get their heads up and get into their minds that we can go out and win a game,” said the Ipswich Town boss.

“Yet again we gave away a goal from a set piece. It was a similar sloppy goal to the one we conceded against Wolves last Tuesday.”

Ipswich have now gone 566 minutes without a goal and Magilton cannot hide the fact that his team is now in a relegation battle.

He added: “On a run like we are on, you will find yourself in the relegation battle.

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“What we have got to do is take away the fear factor and get the players believing.

“We had a shocking start, but credit to my players who kept going and at times we dominated possession.

“We competed well and were unlucky to come away with nothing again.”

Saints boss George Burley said: “It was an important win. Lots of teams are dropping points and Sunderland are on a good run, so we really needed the three points.

“It keeps us in the top six, which is where we want to be.

“It was a great ball in from Gareth Bale and a great finish. For a man of his size, Marek Saganowski is very good in the air.

“We then failed to kill Ipswich off and as a good footballing side this gave them hope.”

The former Ipswich Town boss left leading scorer Grzegorz Rasiak on the bench saying: “Sometimes, two big lads up front doesn't work.

“Marek and Kenwyne Jones are looking a good partnership and, at the moment, they have got the shirts. It is up to the other players to work hard to get them back.”

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