'We're fortunate to be in the hat' - Jim

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton gave an honest appraisal of Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup draw at League Two Chester City.“Chester scrapped and did the ugly things well,” said Magilton.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton gave an honest appraisal of Saturday's 0-0 FA Cup draw at League Two Chester City.

“Chester scrapped and did the ugly things well,” said Magilton. “We are fortunate to be in the hat for the next round.”

Magilton made no excuses, adding: “We were second best. Chester's front two were lively and they caused us all sorts of problems.


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“We didn't have enough people show any real desire to be brave and get on the ball.

“It was a tough day for us. We know that we will have to be better next time and hopefully home advantage will swing it our way.

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“My players have got to learn you don't just turn up and win games.

“We seemed to have people out there who thought it would be a case of just putting the shirt on.

“It is another step we have to overcome because we need to be turning in good performances week after week, regardless of the opposition.

“To do that you have to earn the right to play.”

Chester boss Mark Wright was pleased with his side's display.

Wright, who lifted the coveted trophy for Liverpool in 1992, said: “I am very proud of the boys.

“Ipswich have got some really exceptional players and we were probably hanging on at the end, but I thought on the whole we more than dominated them.

“We started ever so well and each and every one of my players gave everything they had, maybe on another day it could have gone our way.

“I think with the chances we had we should have won, but it wasn't really down to luck but poor finishing.

“The only thing we were missing was a couple of goals.

“My players gave me 90 minutes and I can't say any player let me down. The cup is a great leveller.

“Even though there are 49 places between the sides I don't think that matters because on their day any side can beat anybody else.”

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