Keane: ‘Cardiff have great chance of promotion’

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane says that Cardiff City will be rubbing their hands going into tomorrow’s npower Championship game at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

“They will see that we lost 3-0 at home and will be rubbing their hands,” said Keane.

“If we play the same way as we did against Queens Park Rangers then we will get beaten comfortably again – I have no doubt about that.

“Cardiff will also be disappointed after their 2-1 defeat at Leicester and will be seeking to bounce back, and they will see us an ideal chance to do that.”

Cardiff lost out in the play-off final to Blackpool last season and have missed out on the play-offs on goal difference the previous year.

Like the Blues they have lost just one league match, but they went out of the Carling Cup when they lost to Peterborough.

“They have a good manager and some good experience,” added Keane.

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“They also have a good mentality.

“After having just missed out on a Premier League place they may well feel that this is their year.

“And why not? They have a great chance with a top squad and players like Craig Bellamy.

“You don’t finish around the top six on a regular basis without knowing how to get there and how to stay there.

“They have achieved some good wheeling and dealing in the loan market and have been ready to pounce.”

Keane is certain his players will react in a positive way and he’s looking for a much improved display.

Before taking his place in the annual club photo shoot on the main pitch, Keane went on:

“It was a good reality check for us against QPR.

“I have some good lads in the squad and they have all done well this season so I will not be shooting them.

“They will be looking how to deal with the disappointment of the other night and looking at their performance.

“We got away with sub standard displays against Bristol City and Portsmouth and I could see a poor result coming.

“But we will be better tomorrow than the other night; I’m quite sure about that.

“It was a game when no one in the starting line-up come near to their best and we all have to look at ourselves over that.

“Credit QPR on taking advantage of our off night and they look well equipped to make an impact this season.”

Keane is now hoping to complete a loan signing next week with Sunderland’s Jack Colback reported to be in the Town manager’s thoughts again.

“We knew it would be tough to get the deal done,” added Keane. “I’m not involved in negotiations and perhaps injuries are playing a role, but I’m prepared to wait to get the player I want.”

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