Same-again show with a cutting edge

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle has ordered a same-again show from his players against Leicester on Saturday - with one proviso.Royle will be delighted if his team stage a repeat of their display at Molineux last week, as long as they discover the cutting edge that was missing as they went down 1-0.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle has ordered a same-again show from his players against Leicester on Saturday - with one

proviso.

Royle will be delighted if his team stage a repeat of their display at Molineux last week, as long as they discover the cutting edge that was missing as they went down 1-0.

Time is not on Town's side if they are to finish the season on a high by qualifying for the play-offs for the third year in a row.

Royle knows that with just 11 fixtures remaining, and his team having ended an eight-game unbeaten run by going down to Wolves, there is very little

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margin for error.

He said: “At the moment we have an outside chance of finishing in the top six and all we can aim to do is to finish as high as we can.

“There is no doubt that the result at Molineux was a setback but we must look to bounce back straight away and put another run together between now and the end of the season.

“The performance against Wolves was good and I would settle for the same against Leicester, just as long as we can find the cutting edge.”

It is still early days for Royle when it comes to considering Saturday's starting line-up.

As has become the norm this season, he must first assess the injury situation, although five senior stars - Gavin Williams, Jimmy Juan, Alan Lee, Nicky Forster and Sam Parkin - are definitely ruled out.

Young full-back Scott Barron suffered a calf injury that saw him limp off just three minutes into the second half at Molineux, although he was hoping to resume training today.

Town are also optimistic that 18-year-old striker Danny Haynes, absent from the last three games because of an ankle injury sustained in the derby win at Norwich, will be fit to return.

Although opponents Leicester are sixth from bottom of the Championship, they are unbeaten in five games since Rob Kelly was appointed caretaker boss following the dismissal of Craig Levein.

Royle added: “I was always surprised to see Leicester so low in the table and I doubt if they will be that close to the bottom when the season finishes.

“The caretaker manager is doing a fine job and the board are taking the sensible view that if it ain't broke, why fix it?

“Matt Fryatt has come in from Walsall and he's scoring goals in a new strike partnership along with Iain Hume, so they are very much a team in form and they will make it extremely hard for us.”

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