Royle wants repeat performance
JOE Royle is calling for more of the same against Sunderland this afternoon, writes Derek Davis.Royle wants more of the same from Jermaine Wright, who ran the game in the second half at Rotherham and inspired a come-from-behind victory.
JOE Royle is calling for more of the same against Sunderland this afternoon, writes Derek Davis.
Royle wants more of the same from Jermaine Wright, who ran the game in the second half at Rotherham and inspired a come-from-behind victory.
He wants more of the same from the terrific Town fans who were superb at home against West Brom eight days ago.
And he wants more of the same from the leading scorers in the country, whichever permutation gets the nod.
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The Blues will see how John McGreal is after being a surprise inclusion to the starting XI at Rotherham when he was initially ruled out with an ankle injury.
They will also give Tommy Miller a check after he suffered a dead leg and a tight hamstring.
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Richard Naylor is included in the squad and Fabian Wilnis is likely to be restored to the right-back slot and make his 200th appearance for Ipswich this afternoon.
The Dutchman was dropped on Saturday in favour of Drissa Diallo, who was replaced at half-time.
Royle said: "Fabian has not been at his best since he came back from his shoulder injury. We left him out as a reminder of his defensive duties. I felt Drissa did well defending in the first half but we wanted to change things around at half time."
The game was Royle's 980th as a manger and all his experience came into play at half time as the change around was inspirational with Ipswich overturning a Chris Sedgwick goal to go on and win 3-1.
Royle said: "All four goals were excellent. Rotherham will feel aggrieved to have lost after hitting the outside of a post twice, but that sort of thing has happened to us more than once this season so I will make no apologies at having a stroke of luck this time."
Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy and Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock were in the Millmoor crowd checking on Ipswich, with the Black Cats visiting today.
Royle said: "Sunderland are a very strong, well-drilled and powerful side. They have international centre-backs, an international keeper and they are defensively very stable."
The win on Saturday rocketed Town from ninth to fifth in the table and with five games to go are very much in with a play-off chance.
The Blues boss has called on the supporters to roar their side on today and help them stay in the top six.
He said: "The 1,500 supporters we had at Rotherham were fantastic. I'm delighted all three of our goals were at their end, and they probably knew Jermaine's goal was going in before everyone else.
"They really help us and it is important the home crowd gets behind us again. Against West Brom they probably had their best game of the season, and we will need that again against Sunderland.
"There are five games left so our fate is very much in our own hands. Everyone needs to pull together and get behind the team."
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Teams; Ipswich: Davis, Wilnis, Elliott, McGreal, Richards, Westlake, Magilton, Wright, Miller, Bent, Kuqi.
Sunderland: Myhre, Babb, Breen, Williams, Arca, Oster, Robinson, McAteer, Thornton, Kyle, Stewart.