We were second best, admits Joe

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle did not beat about the bush.After watching his team outplayed by Derby County at Pride Park, Royle said: “That was the poorest we have played for some while.

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle did not beat about the bush.

After watching his team outplayed by Derby County at Pride Park, Royle said: “That was the poorest we have played for some while. We were second best in every department. We looked lost at the back and allowed crosses to come in all too easily.

“We were not competitive in midfield and up front we tried four forwards at different times but still failed to find any real punch.

“We were fortunate to be ahead at half-time and the players were warned at the interval that they needed to step up. I have no excuses. We did not deserve to win.


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“Our keeper did not have a lot to do however, but neither did theirs.”

Royle confirmed that he would not be able to hurry through any loan signing to improve his squad.

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He added: “The position is that we cannot be hurried and the position over bringing in a loan signing is the same as it was before the match.”

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