Town hope for plum draw

IPSWICH are hoping for a plum FA Cup third round draw to give their play-off chances a major lift.If they are paired with one of the Premiership giants on Sunday it will ensure a financial boost and increase the likelihood of new faces arriving during next month's transfer window.

By Mel Henderson

IPSWICH are hoping for a plum FA Cup third round draw to give their play-off chances a major lift.

If they are paired with one of the Premiership giants on Sunday it will ensure a financial boost and increase the likelihood of new faces arriving during next month's transfer window.

Coming out of the hat last year with Bolton ensured a 20,000-plus crowd at Portman Road and enabled boss Joe Royle to sign Darren Currie from Brighton in a £250,000 deal.

The right draw this time round could enable Royle to make a permanent move for Gavin Williams, who has already agreed a second month on loan from West Ham.

But responding to questions about the possibility of a loan deal for Charlton striker Jonatan Johansson, the Town boss said: “Charlton have said that none of their players - not Matt Holland, not anyone - are available to go out on loan.”

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Meanwhile, Royle was still stunned today that a Football Association disciplinary panel did not overturn the red card picked up by Fabian Wilnis at Cardiff on Monday.

It leaves Town with defensive problems for tomorrow's visit of Wolves and Royle reflected on the player's early dismissal at Ninian Park for what referee Andre Marriner saw as a foul on the home side's Cameron Jerome that also warranted a penalty.

Royle said: “I think we should seriously consider diving as part of our training routine. If you can't beat them, join them.

“In all seriousness, it was scientifically impossible that Fabian could pull him back and that he would fall forward and sideways. That defies physics.

“There is something inherently wrong. There is a cheats' charter operating at the moment and it has cost us dear. Jerome's not the only one doing it - the problem is rife in our game and we must do something about it.”

Wilnis, whose one-game ban will see him sit out tomorrow's clash with Wolves, added: “It is an injustice. The referee has blundered twice. First, he has given a penalty when he should have booked the lad for diving and then he sent me off, when it was not a goalscoring opportunity.

“It is quite clear on the tape so I don't understand how they could not uphold the appeal. What do the authorities want to do - encourage diving?”

New England Revolution duo Andy Dorman and Jeff Larentowicz are to have trials with Ipswich, starting next week, after being recommended by the Revs' assistant coach Paul Mariner, the former Town and England star.

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