Keane happy to see his team play dirty

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane has given his players a licence to play dirty in his quest for Championship success in 2010/11.

Keane is seeking a more professional approach to enable his side to win matches that they were unable to do last term.

And he has confirmed that if they get booked for the cause he will not condone them.

He told Ipswich Player that he is seeking newcomers with character when he steps up his search for much needed additions to his squad as the close season proceeds.

“We need to be more street wise,” said Keane.

“We need players who will say to the younger ones that now is the time to shut up shop when we are in the lead in the later stages or when the game is close.

“There is need to calm down a bit and not go gung ho all the while.

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“Time to receive a booking or give away a foul.

“The lack of this and not slowing down at free-kicks cost us points last season that in a crazy sort of way could have still seen us push for a play-off place.”

Commenting on the type of player he is looking to bring to Portman Road this summer, Keane went on:

“I need players who will play a certain role.

“Those who know the Championship, are vocal in the dressing room, have a physical presence and can bring experience to where we have been lacking.”

Keane refuses to make excuses for last season’s 15th place – the club has not finished lower for over 50 years – but he added:

“There were genuine reasons why we came up short.

“We know we have been lacking in two or three areas and that we need strengthening.

“We have let Richard Wright go and need a goalkeeper although I can guarantee that we will not end up in the top six next season if we have to use five keepers again.”

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