Royle: Don't panic
IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle declared today: "I know we'll get things right."The Blues, one of the bookies' pre-season favourites for promotion back into the Premiership, go into First Division action at Wigan tonight just four off bottom of the table.
By Dave Allard
IPSWICH Town boss Joe Royle declared today: "I know we'll get things right."
The Blues, one of the bookies' pre-season favourites for promotion back into the Premiership, go into First Division action at Wigan tonight just four off bottom of the table.
A first league win at the fourth attempt is the big aim at the JJB Stadium and Royle is planning changes to his line-up after the lukewarm display in the 1-1 home draw with Coventry last Saturday.
The Town boss said: "We need to freshen up a little and this could be the ideal opportunity. There is a long way to go in the season and a lot of games to play. I know we will get things right."
Royle, who lifted Town last term to within an ace of the play-offs, added: "We will be making changes. I have lots of options and will be using some players who have had quite a bit of rest just lately."
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Seventeen-year-old striker Dean Bowditch will be one of those looking to get the nod from the start this evening.
The England youth international looked sharp as a substitute against Coventry and scored the winner after coming on in the
1-0 home Carling Cup triumph over Kidderminster.
A full debut is well on the cards for the lad from Harlow this evening against a home side that are the reigning Second Division champions.
Dutch midfielder Martijn Reuser is out of the Ipswich squad due to a groin injury but left-back Matt Richards returns following a thigh strain.
History will be made in this match as Town will be playing a league game at Wigan for the first time ever.
A player particularly looking to impress in the home line-up will be striker Mark Burchill, who once had a spell on loan with Town from Celtic and scored one goal.
He moved on to Portsmouth and is now part of Paul Jewell's impressive set-up at the JJB.
Burchill said today: "I would have liked to have stayed at Ipswich, but it didn't work out. They are a side that will be challenging up there for promotion."
Wigan won their first ever Division One game at Burnley on Saturday 2-0.
WIGAN: Filan, Eaden, Eaden, Jackson, Breckin, Mitchell, Liddle, Jarrett, Kennedy, Bullard, Ellington, Burchill, McMillan, Walsh, Roberts, Teale.
IPSWICH: Davis, Wilnis, Makin, Richards,Naylor, Diallo, Miller, Santos, Magilton, M Bent D Bent, Bowditch, Counago, Wright, Westlake, Price.