I knew Tommy would score - Keane

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane admitted that he had an inkling Tommy Smith would score the winner against Leeds this afternoon.

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane admitted that he had an inkling Tommy Smith would score the winner against Leeds this afternoon.

Smith was initially named amongst the Town substitutes, but was called up late to the starting line-up due to Darren O’Dea aggravating his knee problem in the warm-up before kick-off. The New Zealand international bagged the winner with a header on 82 minutes.

“I thought that Tommy would score today,” insisted Keane.

“He wasn’t supposed to be starting, so it was a coincidence that he should end up scoring the winner. He took his goal well, and I think he’s our best defender in attacking positions anyway. Tommy should be scoring more goals,” added Keane.

Town moved up to fifth in the Championship table, and so back into the play-off zone, thanks to goals in either half from Jason Scotland and Smith.

Leeds had equalised through Robert Snodgrass on 76 minutes, only for Alex Bruce to then be sent off just three minutes later for two bookable offences against his old club, and Smith made him pay with a headed winner in the 82nd minute.

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Keane added: “I thought it was a fair result. We just about shaded it.”

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