Not pretty - but the result was

NEVER mind the quality – feel the points. Blues boss Joe Royle accepted the display against Derby was not vintage Town, but given the disruption due to a suspension to Georges Santos and a host of defensive injuries he is happy to see them sit third in the table this morning.

NEVER mind the quality – feel the points. Blues boss Joe Royle accepted the display against Derby was not vintage Town, but given the disruption due to a suspension to Georges Santos and a host of defensive injuries he is happy to see them sit third in the table this morning, writes Derek Davis.

Royle said: "I will accept the points and with the other results going our way it was a great day for us. We also got two goals again, even though the second was slightly fortuitous. Millwall won't be easy next week but we are in a great position."

He added: "The fans were slightly muted, although the reception they gave George [Burley] was fantastic, and then we didn't get them going the way we should. The start was almost too good. You find when a goal is scored in the first minutes there is seldom a deluge. I was happy enough to take it. I would have happy with a 1-0. We were so pulled-about at the end with two midfielders in the back four and a centre half making his first appearance in nearly a year.

"We did not have too many problems but we were not at our best. It was probably a good time to play Derby but they have had a good run but George will probably be disappointed they did not do more going forward."


You may also want to watch:


Royle said: "It was just as well John McGreal came through the way he did and I thought he was excellent.

"Well done to Chris Bart-Williams playing in an unaccustomed role.

Most Read

"Matt Richards had a super game as did Jermaine Wright while Jim Magilton was smashing as usual."

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus