Forget derby delight Royle tells players
IPSWICH boss Joe Royle today urged his players to put their derby success at Norwich behind them.
IPSWICH boss Joe Royle today urged his players to put their derby success at Norwich behind them, writes Mel Henderson.
“It was great,” enthused Royle of the 2-1 victory at Carrow Road, a result that lifted Town above the Canaries in the Championship to keep alive their slim play-off hopes.
“I will be stressing to the lads that we must now come back down to earth. It will be a very hard game against Burnley tomorrow.”
Royle has been around long enough to understand football's ups and downs and how a very thin line often separates the two.
He added: “Expectancy has risen as a result of our recent run and in particular the win at Norwich, which is understandable.
“However, it's only about four weeks ago that people were suggesting we were heading for the relegation zone, so we mustn't get carried away.”
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Ipswich are unbeaten in six league games and Royle admitted: “It's a nice feeling and it's good people are looking forward after the dark days of our home defeat to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.
“I always had faith that things would turn. We went into a four-game programme where people's expectations were low and we ended up unbeaten with eight points in the bag.
“It's understandable hopes have risen recently and we have to live with it.”
Royle's only selection poser is whether to recall teenage keeper Shane Supple, who missed the Norwich game because of a virus, or to stick with Lewis Price.
Town's casualty list has been extended as a result of both Gavin Williams and Danny Haynes being in the wars at Carrow Road.
The Clarets have kept clean sheets in their two most recent league games, although last week's 1-0 home win over Plymouth was their first in eight Championship outings.
The only goal was scored by on-loan Leeds striker Michael Ricketts.
Burnley will be without experienced ex-Chelsea and Leicester defender Frank Sinclair as he begins a two-match ban.
They have only triumphed once at Portman Road in 12 visits going back to 1961, drawing on three occasions and losing eight.
Ipswich: Supple, Wilnis, Naylor, De Vos, Barron, Juan, Garvan, Richards, Westlake, Currie, Lee, Sito, Magilton, Horlock, McDonald and Price.
Bunley: Jensen, Duff, McGreal, Courtney, Harley, J O'Connor, Hyde, G O'Connor, Branch, Noel-Williams, Ricketts, Karbassiyoon, Elliott, McCann, Spicer, Thomas and Crossley.