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Sunday 23 July 2017

Keane praises attitude

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Ipswich manager Roy Keane is eager to sell Jon Walters after disciplining the wantaway forward and stripping him of the captaincy before yesterday's Championship draw against Burnley.

Walters has been linked with Stoke and West Brom and the striker has informed Keane of his desire to leave Portman Road.

Keane left the forward out of his squad to face the Clarets as he was not happy with the player's reaction to being stripped of the captaincy.

The Tractor Boys looked set for all three points when David Norris scored with four minutes remaining. But Clarke Carlisle's stoppage-time goal gave the 10 men a point.

Keane revealed the reason behind Walters's absence.

"Jon was due to play but I spoke to him yesterday and I've been thinking about the captaincy," said Keane.

"For a player with a clear desire to leave, I don't think it's right he should be captain.

"Jon's reaction was unbelievably overboard. He's been disciplined and as long as I'm manager of this football club he'll never kick a ball for us."

He added: "I'm quietly confident we'll have three players in next week."

Keane remained upbeat despite the late lapse which denied his side victory.

He said: "I thought it was absolutely brilliant -- a good game, good tempo, good spirit, good energy.

"We were up against it. They looked stronger and by the end my team looked unbelievably small in terms of height. The average height of their team must have been 6ft 1in. The average height of ours was probably 5ft 1in.

"But they've got massive hearts and I'm proud of them. They gave me 100 per cent."

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