Frustration for Keane
Published 24/03/2010 | 05:00
HAVING seen side climb to their highest league position of the season with three straight home wins, Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane watched his team produce a gutless display to lose 2-0 at home to Plymouth last night.
A first-half header from Bradley Wright-Phillips and a late strike by substitute Joe Mason gave Plymouth a win which breathes life into their campaign.
A frustrated Keane brought on midfielders Owen Garvan and Grant Leadbitter in an attempt to win control on the hour and he was almost rewarded with an equaliser when Daryl Murphy failed to find the net.
They were then punished with 12 minutes remaining as Mason to tapped in from close range.
Elsewhere, Newcastle striker Andy Carroll shrugged off the latest off-field controversy to dog his burgeoning career by firing his side five points clear at the top of the Championship.
The 21-year-old, reported to be at the centre of an alleged training ground incident which left team-mate Steven Taylor nursing a broken jaw, rifled home a second-half winner to keep his boyhood team on course for an instant top-flight return.
Taylor (24), out since January with a knee injury, has been discharged from hospital, where he was admitted at the weekend.