“It’s a bonus” - Keane

BRING on the Arsenal!

BRING on the Arsenal!

Just three days ago, Ipswich Town were down in the dumps and licking their wounds after the humiliation of a 4-1 derby defeat at Norwich.

Just an hour or so later, they were drawn away to mighty Chelsea in the FA Cup, and now they also have a two-legged Carling Cup semi-final to look forward to, against Arsen Wenger’s classy Arsenal side.

Grant Leadbitter’s 69th minute penalty was enough to dispose of another Premier League side, West Brom, in an entertaining quarter-final duel at a half-empty Portman Road last night.

Town were good value for this win, and manager Roy Keane and his players will savour the moment.

But the league remains their priority, as a happy Keane recognises only too well.

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“This is a real bonus for the club,” enthused Keane.

“But that’s all it is. Playing Arsenal is the hardest draw we could have got, but it will be great for the players, and a real education for them.

“Now we’ve got Chelsea and Arsenal in January. I hope I’ll still be here then. Perhaps I might be gone at the end of January!” added Keane, tongue-in-cheek.

The Irishman was full of praise for his team’s performance against shell-shocked West Brom.

He explained: “We had to give the supporters something to shout about because we had let them down. It was important that we put on a performance tonight.

“I was pleased with the work-rate, as well as the character and the composure of some of the younger boys that played.

“To get out of the hole that we are in at the moment, it’s about characters and digging deep, and we saw that tonight.

“We wanted to play at a high tempo and put pressure on their full-backs, which we did.

“And it helps that we didn’t make any basic errors. When we had to clear it, we cleared it.

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