Friday 27 April 2018

Keane laments Tractor Boys' lack of 'cuteness'

IPSWICH manager Roy Keane was left exasperated as he watched his team notch up their 17th draw of the season to leave themselves still in relegation danger in the Championship.

Saturday's 0-0 draw against Bristol City left the Tractor Boys four points above the relegation zone despite having lost just nine of their 33 league games -- two fewer than Cardiff who sit in sixth.

Ipswich did have the ball in the net in injury-time when Connor Wickham's long throw sailed past everyone but the 'goal' was disallowed because no one had got a touch to the ball. Keane, however, was quick to praise the efforts of opposition goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

"He was brilliant and sometimes you have to praise the opposition," he said. "We can talk about our misses but in the two games we've played against them their keeper's been brilliant and the difference between us having two points and six.

"It was a frustrating second half because we were outstanding. We were on the front foot, dominated and had chance after chance but their keeper had one of those days and it didn't look like we were ever going to score.

"We were making things happen, whereas in the first half we were waiting for things to happen. I was glad to see the back of the first half, because we never got going.

"Talk about two different halves. It was unbelievable. We've got to be careful not to turn up and expect things to happen. We've got to make them happen.

"In the second half the players were committed, taking people on, taking risks and we were a bit braver. But we have to start at 3pm.

"We never got going in the first half and I was very pleased to get the players in at half-time. The players weren't but I was."

Keane felt his side should have been "cuter" and that one of his players should have celebrated the "goal" that was disallowed in the closing seconds.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Newcastle took another step back towards the Premier League after a first away victory in seven league outings.

Goals from Fabricio Coloccini and Andy Carroll, both scored within the first five minutes of each half, put the Magpies in the driving seat before a late Will Hoskins strike gave the Hornets a late glimmer of hope.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the win. "It's a tough place to come. They are a side that have got a lot energy," he said.

"The first goal obviously set us off and we had a period in the second half where we were very comfortable and probably the only disappointing note of the afternoon was conceding the goal when we did."

The Magpies are now six points clear at the top, following Nottingham Forest's 3-0 defeat at Leicester. West Brom are second, having beaten Derby 3-1 at the Hawthorns.

Irish Independent

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