We deserved the points, Royle

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle summed up a pulsating game at Selhurst Park by claiming: "It would have been tragic if we had not won."But the Blues chief conceded: "For the first 20 minutes they ran us ragged.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH boss Joe Royle summed up a pulsating game at Selhurst Park by claiming: "It would have been tragic if we had not won."

But the Blues chief conceded: "For the first 20 minutes they ran us ragged."

He went on: "What great spirit we showed to come back from two down. It was a fantastic recovery and I thought that Jermaine Wright had a marvellous game in particular on his 28th birthday."

"When the going was tough early on only Jermaine kept us in the game. He is having a wonderful run of form and long may it continue.

"He is a player with immense talent and it would have been great had he scored to celebrate his birthday."

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Royle said of two-goal centre half Richard Naylor: "Not so long ago he made may not have scored two goals like that when playing as a striker. Now he is at the back he is scoring goals for fun.

"Give credit to Crystal Palace. They were excellent early on and they must have felt a point was theirs when Dougie Freedman made it 3-3 from the penalty spot.

"It was sad to hear the fans boo them at the end. To lose out in a seven-goal thriller like that is hard but I think we deserved it.

"We controlled the game in the second half after looking unlikely

winners for 20 minutes or so. We were all cursing Tommy Miller when he gave away that silly penalty, but then Tommy put the ball through for Shefki Kuqi to get the winner."

Palace manager Steve Kember said: "Ipswich did so well to get back into it, but we committed defensive

suicide. We played so well to start with but then we took our foot off the gas and let them back in. Two set pieces put Ipswich back in the game. To lose as we did at the end was a real kick in the teeth.

"I know Joe Royle well as we used to play against each other. He is doing an excellent job at Ipswich."

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