Striker search remains a priority

BLUES boss Joe Royle has reiterated his desire to sign at least one proven goalscorer in next month's transfer window, even after the experienced Nicky Forster snatched a late winner for m them at Sheffield Wednesday.

By Derek Davis

BLUES boss Joe Royle has reiterated his desire to sign at least one proven goalscorer in next month's transfer window, even after the experienced Nicky Forster snatched a late winner for m them at Sheffield Wednesday.

Royle said: “We are struggling for front players which is obvious. We only have Forster as a senior player, so we are having to use young players like Danny (Haynes), who is not quite ready, and Dean (Bowditch) who is out of touch at the moment.

“We tried Richard Naylor up there for 10 minutes but that is the nature of the beast.


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“Nicky has run around like a terrier just trying to sniff out a chance and kept going to get the all-important goal.

“We are looking for a front man, even two if we can get them, because we need them.”

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Town had tried to sign Daryl Murphy, the Waterford striker who ended up at Sunderland and is now on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

The young striker missed a couple of sitters on Saturday but Royle insists he would have still splashed out the £100,000 needed to secure him, if they had the money last summer.

Royle said: “Murphy did miss chances, although I still wish we could have signed him but the £100,000 was beyond us.

“He was the biggest threat to us. He looked strong and quite nippy but they are suffering from a lack of confidence.”

“We have had a good run of not being defeated but we have had too many draws, so it was good to get a win. It was also important to get a clean sheet because we don't do that very often, it is beyond us at times so it was a good away three points going into the Christmas period.”

Royle praised his defence for keeping a clean sheet but insisted Town could not get their own passing game going due to a poor pitch.

He said: “There was a lot of aerial stuff to defend but I thought Richard Naylor and Jason De Vos were terrific.

“There were one or two skirmishes but we have defended well. Lewis (Price) has had one save to make and it shows that when we defend properly it gives us a great chance.

“We tried to play passing football but it was hard on a crumbling wicket.

“These tight games have gone against us in the past so it was nice to get the all-important goal.”

The Blues will look to bring in a couple of trialists this week, with at least one expected to arrive at Portman Road today.

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