No party yet, says Royle

AS happy as Blues manager Joe Royle was with seeing his side romp to victory he refuses to get carried away with his side's resurgence.

AS happy as Blues manager Joe Royle was with seeing his side romp to victory he refuses to get carried away with his side's resurgence, writes Derek Davis.

After losing to three of the top four sides, Wigan, West Ham and West Brom, Town are on course for three wins against three struggling sides having seen off Walsall and Wimbledon with Watford to come on Saturday.

Royle warned: "It was nice to win two in a week it brightens the place. It is good to be smiling again and it was a great win for the fans with four goals.

"I never thought it was as bad as people were telling me but I'm not going to get carried away with two not- so-fluent victories. We still have a lot more to come with the players we have got but the six points help and takes the pressure off."

While he was delighted to see his front men score, Royle admitted to being nervous at times, especially when the Dons had pulled one back just before half-time. He said: "It was a strange game. In patches we were very good but the nerves came back and the goal we gave away was very sloppy. At times we moved the ball exceptionally well which gives a strong hint of our promise to come. It was nice to see the strikers scoring. It was a great delivery by Alun Armstrong, Darren Bent got one and Pablo is off the mark."

Royle is delighted with on-loan Blackburn player Alan Mahon and said: "Alan did very well, he has given us the balance on the left which we have missed since Jamie Clapham went. He has a class left foot and played in some outstanding crosses."

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The gruelling schedule is catching up with players not involved in pre-season and who have not been involved in the opening games of the season.

He said: "Three games in seven days has caught up with a couple of players. Alun was leggy after missing so much action at the beginning of the season. For Alan Mahon and Chris Bart-Williams to get as many games in such a short time is a crash course in match practice."

n Drissa Diallo has a knee ligament worry, Bent and Armstrong also picked up minor niggles and Chris Bart-Williams is not allowed to play in tomorrow's Carling Cup clash at Notts County.

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