Royle targets revenge
REVENGE is a dish best served cold and in front of a live television audience, writes Derek Davis.Blues boss Joe Royle is looking for just that on Sunday when Ipswich Town aim to put right the defeat suffered at the hands of Gary Megson's West Brom side last September.
REVENGE is a dish best served cold and in front of a live television audience, writes Derek Davis.
Blues boss Joe Royle is looking for just that on Sunday when Ipswich Town aim to put right the defeat suffered at the hands of Gary Megson's West Brom side last September.
Royle has nothing but the utmost respect for the Baggies, who are second in Division One, but warns they will be up against a different side to the one that lost at The Hawthorns.
Royle said: "Gary's side has its critics and I have been one of them. They are a big side and I know he had a little smile when I said it was like the Land of the Giants up there but it's true. There is a difference in styles between us and West Brom and Stoke give you difficult problems in the way they play.
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"Their strengths have proved to be our weakness over the season, but West Brom will find us an improved side since then.
"People will forget that even though we lost we dominated for much of that game and, as has happened since, a single aberration has cost us.
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"I would settle for a similar performance in that game but with a cutting edge."
After three wins on the bounce, including a live televised 4-1 win over Watford, Town are on a winning streak and Royle hopes being on Sky TV will once again be a good omen and a chance once again to impress the neutrals.
He said: "People often say how much they enjoy watching Ipswich on the television. When I was in Sweden the other night a Northampton fan made a point of coming up and saying we were a good side to watch."
Royle is likely to pick an unchanged side from the team which has won away to Wimbledon and at home against Watford in the last two outings.
He has the option of including Shefki Kuqi, who won his 34th Finland cap when he started against Malta and played 74 minutes of his country's 2-1 win.
Also available is Alun Armstrong, who played 90 minutes in Town's reserve defeat against a strong West Ham side in midweek, and either could get picked ahead of Dean Bowditch if the Blues are looking for more physical presence against a big West Brom side on Sunday.
Tommy Miller hopes to train today after recovering from a sore ankle picked up in the win over Wimbledon while Jermaine Wright is also looking to show no ill-effects from a twisted ankle suffered in training on Tuesday.
Also fit and looking sharp is Martijn Reuser, who did 90 minutes good work on Wednesday against the Hammers.
West Brom will include Thomas Gaardsoe at the back but it is not so straightforward up front.
Rob Hulse is struggling for form while Geoff Horsefield is hobbling.
That could pave the way for Delroy Facey to start after scoring the winner against Crystal Palace last weekend.
Mind you the last time he was at Portman Road, Facey was with Burnley and they suffered a 6-1 hiding.