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Delaney: No bust-up with Keane

BUST-UP or no bust-up? Damien Delaney has dismissed reports that he had a full-on verbal battle with Roy Keane on the Ipswich Town training ground.

"I know the club issued a statement dismissing the story and I want to support that," said Delaney when asked about the report which raced around Ipswich last night.

"I don't know where the story has come from but it's total rubbish. It's completely untrue," he added.

Now fit again after an injury lay-off, Delaney has been left on the bench by Keane when many feel that his defensive talents are badly needed in a team on a downward, losing spiral.

"The only fight I'm having at the moment is to get back in the team. I need to show the manager that I should be starting games for this football club and the only way I'm going to do that is to keep my head down and work hard on the training pitch and wait for my chance," said Delaney, backing his manager.


Team-mate Brian Murphy also weighed in behind his boss and said that anyone looking for reasons for Ipswich's run of six successive defeats shouldn't go any further than the players.

"There should be none of this pointing the finger at the gaffer, he puts the team out but it's down to the players to perform and at the moment -- for whatever reason -- we are not doing that," said Murphy.

"As players we have to look at ourselves. Each of us has to take responsibility for the performances.

"We're not playing that badly but we are making mistakes that are costing us and we're not putting the ball in the net at the other end."

Speculation about Keane's future is now at fever pitch and many around Portman Road reckon that a defeat by Leicester at home on Saturday might signal the end.