Garvan frustrated at lack of playing time

OWEN Garvan today admitted that he was expecting more following the appointment of Roy Keane as Ipswich Town manager.

Elvin King

OWEN Garvan today admitted that he was expecting more following the appointment of Roy Keane as Ipswich Town manager.

The midfielder is still only 21, but made his 150th Blues appearance in Tuesday's home Championship defeat against Crystal Palace.

But he cannot hide his frustrations that his career has not kicked-on over the last couple of seasons.

He was an instant hit when making his debut in a roasting hot afternoon in August 2005 when Town beat Cardiff City on the opening day of the season.

“I am now in my fifth season and the first two went very well,” said Garvan, who has yet to start a match this campaign.

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“It has been a long time, but I did not play regularly enough in the previous two seasons.

“With a new manager coming in I was hoping that was going to be put right.

“I must do all I can in training and wait for my chance. And when it comes I must make the most of it.

“It has been frustrating for me not getting starts, but it has been more frustrating because we have not been getting results.”

Garvan still has confidence in his own ability and being still eligible for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side is looking to further his international career this term.

Keane might well make changes for Saturday's visit to West Brom in a tea time game that is being screened live on Sky Sports TV, and Garvan will be eagerly awaiting the team sheet.

“We have a two-week break coming up after the end of the month, and we must look to get the show on the road by then,” added Garvan.

“Our first win will lift confidence and hopefully it will come against West Brom or at home to Preston the following Saturday. We also have a trip to Peterborough in-between in the Carling Cup.

“Once a win comes I can see us putting together a run that will just creep up on us.”

Garvan is sure that Keane's summer signings will soon make an impact, adding: “They are all good lads, and in the next couple of weeks I am sure they will show how good they are.

“Once that win comes, we can do great things in the Championship.”

- Town fans can watch Saturday's Championship game at West Brom live on television at the Far Post bar, Portman Road.

The game kicks-off at 5.20pm and the Far Post doors and bar open at 4.30pm with light snacks available. There is no need to book and no entrance fee.