Town could face relegation battle

IPSWICH Town's next few games will determine whether or not they are going to become embroiled in an end-of-season relegation scrap.Their current form slump - no wins and no goals in their last five outings - has seen them slide down the Championship table.

IPSWICH Town's next few games will determine whether or not they are going to become embroiled in an end-of-season relegation scrap.

Their current form slump - no wins and no goals in their last five outings - has seen them slide down the Championship table.

Town still have a seven-point cushion between them and third-bottom Hull, but that could be wiped out in the next few weeks.

After Saturday's trip to sixth-placed Southampton, they face three of the clubs below them in quick succession.

In the space of just six days they take on QPR at home and Hull away before Southend are the visitors to Portman Road.

Anything less than six points from those three and Town will really start to feel the heat, something manager Jim Magilton fully accepts.

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Magilton remained upbeat after last night's 1-0 home defeat by in-form Wolves when he said: “The future looks bright.”

However, he was quick to add: “I also know that we are in the results business and of course I have an eye on the relegation zone.

“But I also have an eye on the top places and I'm sure if we can get a win we can get going again.

“Not for the first time we lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. We went a goal down and we had some chances as we chased the game. Overall I thought we handled Wolves well defensively.

“Winning is a habit, and losing can be as well. We must keep our heads up. With a little more conviction hopefully the goals will come.”

Speaking of the Football Association's earlier decision to rescind the red card collected by George O'Callaghan at Watford three days earlier, Magilton said: “I always felt it was a harsh decision and obviously we are delighted that the appeal has been successful.”

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, whose team have recorded 11 wins by a 1-0 scoreline this season, said: “Our goal may have been against the run of play but I thought we deserved to win the game.

“Matt Murray did not have to make a save and Lewis Price had to make a good one to deny Michael Kightly.

“We had chances to finish the game off with Jason De Vos making a fantastic last-ditch block.

“It gave Ipswich heart when we failed to finish them off.”

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