Worrying injury for Davis
By Derek DavisTHE Blues' mini-trip to Denmark ended in a 2-0 defeat at Aab Aalborg, but more worryingly was a pre-game back injury to number one keeper Kelvin Davis.
By Derek Davis
THE Blues' mini-trip to Denmark ended in a 2-0 defeat at Aab Aalborg, but more worryingly was a pre-game back injury to number one keeper Kelvin Davis.
Davis pulled out of the warm-up with back spasms, giving Lewis Price an unexpected start.
Price, who will be 20 next Wednesday, made a good, brave save at the feet of Jacob Sorensen and later got down well to push away a Martin Pedersen drive.
He readily accepted the chance to play but knows it is unlikely he will make it three in a row at Oxford on Tuesday.
He said: “I'm glad that the Gaffer has the confidence to put me in like that and it would be great to play on Tuesday but Kelvin should be okay by then. He had stiffness in his back and didn't feel right during the warm-up so decided not to take any chances.
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“It was a nice surprise for me if these things can be nice. Funnily enough. I felt I played better in this game than in the clean sheet on Tuesday, yet I conceded two goals.
“There was not much I could do about either goal and, even though I went the right way for the penalty and almost got it, he had hit it well.”
Royle is confident that Davis's injury is not serious but will not risk him on Tuesday at Oxford unless the keeper is 100% fit.
He said: “We won't take any chances but we will see how he is on Tuesday. If we are not sure then we will play Lewis who I thought did very well again.”
Two goals from Allan Gaarde sent the majority of the 3,000 crowd home happy but Town boss Joe Royle was again concerned at the lack of bite up front for Ipswich.
He said: “Once again we were a bit toothless and that is not so much a worry as a slight concern.
“We need to work on being a bit more potent and concise around goal. We didn't really make many opportunities and didn't cause them the problems I wanted us too.
“We missed Kevin Horlock in the second half but there were some positives in the first half. We defended well and their goal was a bit fortunate.
“Prior to that goal we were quite comfortable but in the second half their superior fitness at this stage took over and they caught us.”
The Town squad travel home today, arriving in Ipswich late this evening.
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