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Monday 24 July 2017

Keane joy at Edwards strike as Ipswich earn vital victory

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Saul Brookfield

ROY KEANE, manager of Ipswich, praised Carlos Edwards after the midfielder's first goal for the club gave them a crucial 1-0 victory over relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The31-year-old rifled along-range shot past the outstretched right arm of Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant on his return to the starting line-up.

“He was fresh and hungry and he has that in his locker,” said Keane, who brought Edwards to Ipswich after their stint together at Sunderland. Keane also had praise for young Irish keeper Brian Murphy, who made his debut for the Tractor Boys. “Brian didn’t have much to do but he made a couple of good saves and he looked composed.”

Nottingham Forest are in second thanks to West Bromwich’s 2-1 defeat at Bristol City and a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the City Ground, their ninth successive home victory which broke a 30-year club record set by Brian Clough’s side. “I am very proud to be Forest manager and of what we have done in winning these matches.

But people have got a long way to go before they fill that man’s boots,” manager Billy Davies said.

Swansea, in fourth, won 1-0 at Derby thanks to Shefki Kuqi’s 66th-minute goal in an ill-tempered game which had both teams reduced to 10 men. “I say we play against 14 and I don’t want to explain,” the Swansea manager Paulo Sousa said.

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