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Honest O'Connor the only Ipswich highlight -- Keane

ROY KEANE says that Irish youngster Shane O'Connor was one of the few Ipswich players to escape criticism after their 2-1 defeat to struggling Watford as the rest of the side were "rubbish".

A second defeat in four games leaves Ipswich just six points above the relegation zone and Keane got stuck into his players after their latest loss.

"We were rubbish," said Keane, who showed his displeasure by hauling off Irish midfielder Owen Garvan after 23 minutes.

"Owen Garvan came off because he was not doing well, but he was not the only one.

"There were no pluses for us, apart from our supporters who were great, and the honesty of two young players, Shane O'Connor and Jack Colback."

Hull City's new boss Iain Dowie has offered a lifeline to Ireland striker Caleb Folan (pictured).

The forward has not played for the Tigers since August after he fell out with former manager Phil Brown and was also sidelined with a hamstring injury.

But the 27-year-old has played in a recent reserve game for the Tigers and could get a chance under Dowie.

"Everyone has a clean slate," said the new Hull boss. "Caleb is back now and, although he needs a reserve game under his belt, he is in the squad.

"Phil (Brown) has not played certain players and that is his decision. But, for me, I will look at everyone and give them a fair crack of the whip, so Caleb is certainly in my plans," added the ex-Crystal Palace boss.