Friday 23 March 2018

Keane takes fans' reaction on chin after sorry Ipswich slip up again

PRESSURE continues to mount on Roy Keane after Ipswich slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Barnsley on Saturday.

The Cork man was urged to "sort it out" by fans who called for his head and ended the game ironically cheering every Barnsley pass. Ipswich were not helped by being without several players, while Grant Leadbitter was suspended

Goals from Goran Lovre, a Martin Fulop own goal and Garry O'Connor made for unhappy viewing for the Portman Road faithful who were quick to express their discontent. And Keane said the fans were "entitled to their opinions".

"We know we need to do better and we will next week," he said. "I've no control over that, as manager I can look at my own self, the team, how they prepare, substitutions -- but I can't control whether the fans want to boo the teams, boo me or cheer the opposition.

"It was a bad day at the office. I'm not going to play it down. But where we are at, the goals we're conceding, the players we are missing -- we lost two more -- what could be going against us, is.


"We can all be disappointed with the supporters' reaction, but we have to remember that this time last year we hadn't won in 14 or 15 games and they were very supportive of us. They are entitled to their opinions."

Meanwhile, they were toasting the Irish contingent at the Madejski Stadium as goals from Ian Harte, Noel Hunt and Shane Long secured a 3-3 draw against Norwich.

Andy Reid, on loan from Sunderland, led struggling Sheffield United to a surprise 1-0 win at Millwall with his first goal for the club which lifted the Yorkshire club out of the bottom three.

Jay Bothroyd helped Cardiff capitalise on QPR's scoreless draw at Nottingham Forest and move to the top of the table with a double in a 4-2 win over Scunthorpe.

Bothroyd found the target inside 60 seconds and set up Michael Chopra eight minutes later. When Bothroyd then made it 3-0 with a 34th-minute header, Scunthorpe were in real trouble.

Fourth-placed Derby lost more ground on the leaders after going down 2-0 to Leicester, Andy King's opener and a Steve Howard penalty doing the damage.

Luciano Becchio increased his chances of a lucrative new contract at Leeds with a second-half hat-trick to help Simon Grayson's side into the play-off places with a 3-1 win over Bristol City.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday face a "distinct possibility" of going into administration, it was reported yesterday.

The League One club face a winding-up petition in the UK High Court on Wednesday over an unpaid PAYE tax bill of £600,000.

Irish Independent

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