Monday 11 December 2017

Ipswich way off mark -- Keane

Ipswich manager Roy Keane admitted his side still have some improving to do before they can be considered real promotion contenders.

"We showed that today in what was a game of two totally contrasting halves," Keane said after a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.

"In the first half we were unbelievably bad. I knew we could not get any worse. Scunthorpe were in control of the game and we had to change our formation to get a foothold. Half-time came just at the right time for us.

"We were already a goal down and it could have been more but we turned things round in the second half and took control. We got ourselves back on level terms, hit the woodwork twice and really should have been out of sight before the end.

"But in the closing stages we lost a bit of concentration and Scunthorpe could have won it. Both managers will be believing their team should have had three points."

Ipswich were totally outplayed in the opening 45 minutes and fell behind to David Mirfin's header on the half hour. But substitute Jaime Peters grabbed a fortuitous equaliser 12 minutes into the second half and Ipswich then saw several chances go begging as they piled forward in search of a winner.

"We have made a good start to the season but we still have a lot of improving to do," Keane added. "We are not quite at the same level as the likes of QPR and Cardiff. We have some way to go to catch them up."

Sunday Independent

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