Tuesday 24 April 2018

Keane: Cup win bought me time

Roy Keane admits that his side's midweek Carling Cup quarter-final win has eased the pressure on him, but maintains that Ipswich must treat their semi-final date with Arsenal as a "bonus" and get back up the Championship table.

The Tractor Boys have slumped to 17th following a dire run of form which culminated in a 4-1 mauling in the East Anglia derby at Norwich last weekend.

However, despite being short on numbers through injuries, Keane's men battled their way past West Brom on Wednesday and will host the Gunners in the semi-final first leg at the start of January.

Before then, however, Keane expects a turnaround in league fortunes. "Getting into semi-final is a real bonus but that is all it is, a bonus," he said.

"In terms of the draw it is the hardest we could have got, but it will be great for the players. The league, though, is our bread and butter and we need to get up that table."

When asked if he would still be at Portman Road to face Arsenal, the Corkman quipped: "A month is a long time. Who knows? Hopefully I will be here for Saturday against Swansea; that is what you focus on.

"Sometimes it does come to a point when it's not quite happening. But we are not there yet. The reaction I got against West Brom maybe moved me away from that point for a few days."

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