We pass,they score, says Royle

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle was clearly left frustrated as he watched his side exit this season's FA Cup at Portman Road on Saturday.The fourth-round 2-1 home defeat by Sunderland may not have cost the Blues league points but that was no consolation for the Town boss who felt his side gifted the Black Cats victory.

IPSWICH Town manager Joe Royle was clearly left frustrated as he watched his side exit this season's FA Cup at Portman Road on Saturday.

The fourth-round 2-1 home defeat by Sunderland may not have cost the Blues league points but that was no consolation for the Town boss who felt his side gifted the Black Cats victory.

"They've defended magnificently, but from my point of view we have gifted them two goals," he said.

"People were asking me last week why I was looking for a front player after we scored so many goals, but I don't think their keeper has had to make a save today.


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"We've passed the ball and they've scored the goals and that about sums it up. The possession figures will no doubt be heavily in our favour, but four attacks in 90 minutes isn't good enough. We didn't defend on two occasions and gave two goals away."

However, Royle felt his team didn't disgrace themselves.

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"I think we were a bit unfortunate to lose the game and we haven't played badly," he continued.

"We just needed that little bit extra in both boxes."

And Royle wouldn't subscribe to the theory about cup games being a distraction to the club's attempts in getting back into the Premier-ship.

"Any game in front of our paying supporters I want to try and win," he said.

"And we wanted to win today and go on in the cup, so I'm disappointed because we've lost a game.

"If we have to lose to Sunderland, the three points in the league is more important, but cup runs are great, they are great for the fans, there is a big game at the end of it.

"But in terms of our season we have bigger fish to fry and the odds of us beating a number of Premiership clubs, as a Division One club, on the way to an FA Cup final are against us.

"But simply I don't like losing games at our place. And as the game went on I was more worried about them scoring again as we chased the game."

So will Sunderland and Ipswich be in the shake-up for promotion at the end of the season?

"I hope so," said Royle.

"There is a difference in the two sides, we have been scoring freely, although not today, but they are good defensively."

mike.bacon@eadt.co.uk

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