Joe stays calm after cup exit
JOE Royle will not be pressing the panic button.Ipswich Town's manager is instead looking ahead to Saturday's Nationwide League First Division match at Bradford City with confidence.
By Elvin King
JOE Royle will not be pressing the panic button.
Ipswich Town's manager is instead looking ahead to Saturday's Nationwide League First Division match at Bradford City with confidence.
The Blades from Sheffield United cut a deep wound on Saturday, with Paul Peschisolido's last-gasp goal at Bramall Lane that knocked Town out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage.
There was much that was wrong with the 4-3 defeat, but also much that was good, with Ipswich fighting back with three goals in four minutes before losing out to Peschisolido.
"The methods that have served us well over ten games will not be discarded because of one," said Royle today.
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"Like everybody else at the club I would have loved a run in the Cup, but with the extra games it would have brought I am not devastated to have gone out.
"Sheffield United have now gone 14 home games unbeaten and it was a tough ask. We went out in the right manner, with all guns blazing."
Royle, however, was far from happy with three of the goals conceded on Saturday and will be paying special attention to defensive duties in training this week.
"We have got to defend better as a team than we did at Bramall Lane," added Royle. "The art of good defending is to start from the front.
"Every player, even strikers, have a part to play."
Royle was waiting to see any reaction to a knee knock key defender Thomas Gaardsoe picked up in the last minute of training yesterday afternoon.
"Thomas limped away, and we will see how it is today," said Royle. "Tommy Miller missed training but that is usual as he normally does alternate days. He will be back today."
Chris Makin was also missing yesterday with a stiff back, but he was also due to return today.
Royle does not expect any transfer activity at Portman Road before the transfer window closes on Friday. Town fans are currently holding their breath to see if the dire financial situation leads to any star names following Jamie Clapham away from Portman Road.
Ipswich will be trying to extend their eight-match unbeaten league run at Bradford, and Royle expects to be able to select from the same squad as he has now.
"Nothing is happening and I think it is unlikely that there will be any moves," confirmed Royle. "We have had no inquiries."