Joe's woes continue

BLUES boss Joe Royle's woes continue with the loss of Nicky Forster to injury and three points lost at Hull City.Town's only experienced striker limped off with a knee injury after less than half-an-hour and is a doubt for Saturday's home game with Luton Town.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Royle's woes continue with the loss of Nicky Forster to injury and three points lost at Hull City.

Town's only experienced striker limped off with a knee injury after less than half-an-hour and is a doubt for Saturday's home game with Luton Town.

Royle said: “And then there were none. Nicky has jarred his knee and is a big doubt for Saturday.

“Getting a striker in remains a priority, I would like to get two in. That is what we need.”

Royle was also furious with the officials for allowing City's first goal and declared that the 2-0 loss was a total injustice.

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He said: “The referee is 10 yards away and the linesman is three yards away as Ian Westlake was having his shirt pulled off him but, instead of a foul, they get the ball in the box and score.”

A disconsolate Royle added: “We played terrific football and 2-0 was a cruel result. It was not a true reflection as we were well on top.

“I could not be happier with the performance. I would have been unhappy with a draw because we played excellent football and passed them off the park but needed a cutting edge.

“Their only chances came when we are chasing the game and we have put Richard Naylor up front.

“Gavin Williams and Darren Currie were outstanding. Jim Magilton ran the game for long spells but we need a cutting edge which we have needed for a while.

“We are not far away from being decent again.

“The worst I thought we were going to get was a scoreless draw.”

Hull City boss Peter Taylor saw thing differently as two second-half goals gave the Tigers their third home win in a row.

He said: “Our passing was crisp and we worked hard defensively.

“We certainly showed a lot of determination and character. Jason Price had a terrific game and Nick Barmby was first class too.”

Town could also be without Lewis Price again on Saturday, although stand-in keeper Shane Supple gave a man-of-the-match performance.

Jason De Vos is struggling with a back injury, while Richard Naylor may miss the game at Stoke on Monday with a ban, although there is some discrepancy about the number of bookings he has received.

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