Town promotion dream in tatters

IPSWICH Town's hopes of a Premiership return were finally dashed by West Ham last night.The Blues' 2-0 play-off semi-final defeat at Upton Park condemned them to another season in the Nationwide League.

IPSWICH Town's hopes of a Premiership return were finally dashed by West Ham last night.

The Blues' 2-0 play-off semi-final defeat at Upton Park condemned them to another season in the Nationwide League.

And devastated Town boss Joe Royle admitted: “I wish now that we had finished seventh.”

Second-half goals from Matthew Etherington and Christian Dailly enabled the Hammers to overhaul Ipswich's lead in the tie provided by Darren Bent's header in the Portman Road first leg.


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And that robbed Royle's men of the chance to face Crystal Palace in the final at the Millennium Stadium.

Royle said: “We have been scoring for fun this season at times but when we needed a goal we couldn't find one.

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“Our lads were honest on the night but they did not play. For one reason or another too many of them froze and it was not a good display.”

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