Town bid to avoid unwanted record
IPSWICH Town look to kick-on their season tonight after what manager Jim Magilton describes as his 'worst month in football'.Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers at Portman Road started March off on the right foot, and Magilton hopes to build on this in the re-arranged Coca-Cola Championship clash at the KC Stadium against fourth-from-bottom Hull City (kick-off 7.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Town look to kick-on their season tonight after what manager Jim Magilton describes as his 'worst month in football'.
Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Queens Park Rangers at Portman Road started March off on the right foot, and Magilton hopes to build on this in the re-arranged Coca-Cola Championship clash at the KC Stadium against fourth-from-bottom Hull City (kick-off 7.45pm).
Town lost all five matches they played last month - and failed to score a single goal!
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They dropped alarmingly down the table, and were just four points off the drop zone before last weekend's welcome win.
“We have had some harsh lessons over the last few weeks,” said Magilton today from the Hull hotel where his team was based overnight.
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“We have had to learn the hard way, but now we have broken our goal drought we can look ahead with more confidence.
“February must rank among one of the worst of my footballing life.
“But it is over now and we are better equipped because of the experience.
“We still have a lot to play for, needing points to lift us up the table and also make a statement of intent for next season.
“We need to build on Saturday's win, and have a go at Hull and see how fragile they are.”
Town need to find the net tonight or they will create two unwanted new club records.
If they fail to score they will stretch a barren away run to a record eight games in all competitions.
And it will also stretch a run of firing blanks to a club record six away league matches.
On five previous occasions Ipswich have gone five league away matches without a goal - in 1949/50, 1950/51, 1952/53, 1970/71 and 1994/95.
Striker Alan Lee may be rested with Saturday's home with Southend in mind, while Jonathan Walters suffered a hamstring problem against QPR.
On-loan Francis Jeffers could make his full Town debut as lone front man against the Tigers.