Keane has praise for Rangers boss Warnock

IPSWICH TOWN: Neil Warnock has just the team to deny the Blues extending their run of clean sheets to four games when Queens Park Rangers visit Portman Road in a eagerly awaited Championship game tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Warnock’s table-topping Rangers are the division’s leading scorers with 14 goals in their opening five matches, and Town manager Roy Keane is a big fan of the Loftus Road boss.

“Neil’s a good manager,” said Keane.

“He’s been in charge for over 1,000 games and I was at the dinner when he was presented with his award.

“It was a well deserved honour for someone who has vast experience and has the habit of being able to win football matches.

“And not just at this level. He was very unlucky to suffer relegation with Sheffield United from the Premier League. He needed a bit of luck, but didn’t get it with the West Ham situation at the time.”

It is over 13 years that Ipswich last went four games without conceding, but Keane is aware of the battle that confronts his side tonight.

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“Neil will want to do a job on us,” added Keane.

“It does not surprise me that QPR are where they are in the table as they have a number of potent attacking options.

“Both they and Cardiff score for fun and this is why they are at the top.

“Whether you are playing in the Champions League or on Sunday morning all your crosses and all your good work will lead to nothing if you have no one who can stick the ball into the back of the net.

“We are not free scoring, but we are looking strong at the back.

“Both Rangers, and Cardiff who we play on Saturday, brought in scorers before the transfer deadline – without goals you are going nowhere.

“We are in for a tough game, but so are Rangers and being a night game at our place the atmosphere should be good.”

Keane confirmed that he is still seeking one loanee to complete what he considers will be a squad good enough to make an impression this season.

It is believed to be a midfielder with Keane dismissing reports that Jack Colback is on his way back from Sunderland.

“All the speculation about the player I am looking to bring in has been as usual all completely wrong. Nothing has moved on the signing, but I’m relaxed about it and with the players we now have back from injury we’re okay.”

The last time Ipswich kept four successive clean sheets was part of a five game run during the 1996/97 campaign

April 5 1997: Oldham (home) 4-0), April 12: Swindon Town (away) 4-0), April 18: Norwich City (home) 2-0, April 22: Manchester City (home) 1-0, April 25: Portsmouth (away) 1-0.

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