‘I’m looking at myself’ - Keane

IPSWICH TOWN: Manager Roy Keane today said that he was looking at himself and his staff after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Barnsley.

Keane went through the normal post match routine and his players were out of the dressing room after just 15 minutes - after being detained for an hour in last Tuesday’s home reverse to Derby County.

“I’m not involved in a blame game,” said Keane. “Along with the rest of the staff we’ve got to look at ourselves.

“Things are going wrong and this happens with Gareth McAuley and David Norris likely to be out for a while yet and Luke Hyam and Mark Kennedy picking up hamstring injuries.

“If you are to achieve anything you need to be strong at home, and this was our fourth defeat at Portman Road.

“We have to find some consistency and get back to being hard to beat again.

“We have to defend better, and our fans are entitled to their opinions.

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“The small consolation was that some of our young players come through well and showed bravery in continuing to want the ball.“

And talking of the adverse reaction to replacing Tamas Priskin after an hour, Keane went on: “I don’t think Connor Wickham and Ronan Murray did too badly after we changed things.

“When you lose, every decision is going to be analysed and criticised.

“That’s the nature of football these days.

“Our fans were pretty supportive last season and were very good to us.

“Two games ago we were all great, but now the supporters) want me out and are questioning substitutions.

“We’ve just got to stick at it and we will.”

Barnsley manager Mark Robins said: “A lot of teams will spend time in the bottom half of the table - this is the nature of the Championship.

“There can be a massive over-reaction at times.

“It was without doubt our best performance since I became manager. We passed it well, the movement was fantastic and we added precise finishing.”

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