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Hill Focussed on Ipswich

27 September 2012

Reds boss 'You've got to move on'

Reds Manager Keith Hill met with the press ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich Town.

“We’ve got the same squad as we had at Birmingham,” said Hill. “We have players coming back from injury not quite ready yet. On Monday (David) Perkins and (Matt) Done played, so we’re pretty strong.

“You've got to move on (from Saturday). The footballing world is very cruel as well as it is enjoyable. We can’t get caught in a reflective mood on how well we’ve previously done. We have to take care of business and that’s the next 39 games.

“It is good to create history, there’s no question; trying to leave a legacy. Hopefully in 40 years’ time Craig Davies is being talked about with enthusiasm with what will then be the new supporters. It was a very good performance but like I’ve said, since Saturday night it’s been concentration and focus on Ipswich.

“We and I have learned from this league - the harsh realities are you don’t judge any team on league position. If you do it’s at your peril. The league is demanding and unforgiving.

“The league table for me I try not to look at, I don’t take it into consideration on who we’re playing. I look at Ipswich Town as a team we have to play twice and the work we have to do in trying to gain as many points as we possibly can. I have a lot of respect for Paul Jewell and that respect will remain intact before, during and after the game.

“We can’t give any consideration to where the team we’re playing is in the league.”

Regarding other injuries, Hill is still without Mido, Jimmy McNulty and Jim O’Brien, but Bobby Hassell does return from suspension.

“It was a 12-week lay-off (for Mido) and we’re about eight weeks into that 12 weeks. We’ve been encouraged by his rehabilitation but again, there’s no expectation as to getting him back into the squad.

“Toni Silva’s okay. Again, he’ll be training with us today. (Jimmy McNulty) Probably maybe joining training on Monday but two weeks away from being involved in a game.”

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