Royle not afraid to shake up Blues

BLUES boss Joe Roye has warned that changes will be made after an insipid Ipswich performance at Luton.Although Royle was rightly raging at referee Lee Mason's decision not to give them a first-half penalty that might have altered the course of the game, he was also upset at the way many of his players didn't perform.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Roye has warned that changes will be made after an insipid Ipswich performance at Luton.

Although Royle was rightly raging at referee Lee Mason's decision not to give them a first-half penalty that might have altered the course of the game, he was also upset at the way many of his players didn't perform.

The defeat virtually ensures that for the first time in 15 years Ipswich go into the tail end of a season with nothing to play for in terms of promotion, relegation or a UEFA Cup spot.


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That will allow Royle to look ahead to next season in this season's remaining games.

Royle said: “Too many players were under par and one or two making the same mistakes.

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“We will have changes next week which will probably show more the future of the club. At the same time we still have a lot to play for as we are professionals and we want to win all of them.”

Royle was unhappy with Mason, who was pointing in the direction of the penalty spot after Jimmy Juan was fouled in the area but then indicated a corner instead.

He said: “It is one thing to not see it to give it but to give it then change his mind is something else.

“He pointed at the spot then changed his mind and I don't know why. He gave it and changed his mind so God knows what was going through his mind. He is an excellent official normally, but he knew he had made a mistake and could not get hold of the game after that.

“That mistake meant we went in at half time nil-nil instead of one-nil up and the whole complexion of the game changes.

“That would not alter the fact that we were poor on an atrocious pitch. It was bad for both sides, although it probably suited Luton a little more with their direct style. It certainly was not conducive to any passing football.”

Only 18-year-old Shane Supple and defender Fabian Wilnis won any plaudits from Royle after the poor team showing.

He said: “The keeper was our best player and when that happens it is because you are not defending properly. We didn't pass it or win it in midfield and we were impotent up front.

“Shane is an excellent prospect who is going to have a big international career. We are blessed with Shane and with Lewis Price, the Wales keeper.”

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