It was a cruel defeat - Joe

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle described the latest in a run of disappointing results as a cruel defeat.The Town boss said after the 2-0 loss at Hull City last night: “It was a cruel defeat but we have to accept that the scoreline shows a victory to the opposition.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle described the latest in a run of disappointing results as a cruel defeat.

The Town boss said after the 2-0 loss at Hull City last night: “It was a cruel defeat but we have to accept that the scoreline shows a victory to the opposition.

“I was not worried at all during the game until we conceded the first goal. When we get the stats I am sure it will show that we had more possession than Hull.

“Jim Magilton, Gavin Williams and Darren Currie all played outstanding matches and I thought we passed the opposition off the park but had no cutting edge.”

Royle reaffirmed that he will be looking to bring in two players next week if he can sort out the right deal once the transfer window opens.

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He confirmed that Nicky Forster has a jarred knee and Royle feels the striker is unlikely to be fit to face Luton on Saturday.

The manger was not happy with the referee and he added: “The match hinged on the official failing to see Ian Westlake having his shirt pulled when Hull took the ball and went forward to score.”

Royle's opposite number, Peter Taylor, was naturally happy with a third consecutive home win.

The Hull manager said: “I have to be pleased with our performance as we passed the ball well and also defended brightly for 90 minutes.

“We knew that we had to do that as Ipswich pass very well and we had to cut out the defensive errors that bugged us in the draw at Crewe on Monday.

“I was relieved to see Nicky Forster go off as he can be a handful.

“We go to Leeds on Saturday and we will again realise we are in the Championship and that we will have to be - like we were against Ipswich - on top of our game to gain a result.”

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