Keane names his unluckiest Town player

IPSWICH TOWN: Swansea City’s longest serving player Alan Tate can understand striker Jason Scotland’s admission that he was wrong to leave the south Wales club.

“I’ve seen loads of players leave,” said Tate. “It’s not just Jason. Look at Andy Robinson; he went off thinking he was going to something bigger and better and he got paid off with Leeds this week. The money was better, but he’s not any happier.

“Jason left for the right reasons, for Premier football, but even he hasn’t been as happy because he wasn’t able to repeat what he did with us for Wigan. He may do at Ipswich though.

“We all know our jobs here and that brings the best out of us.

“As good as the players are in their own right, it’s not about individuals.”

Town manager Roy Keane admits that he may be tempted to retain a winning side, but it is unlikely to happen with the manager adding: “The lads all did reasonable well on Wednesday, but with an early kick-off and some of the side not having played for a while I will be looking at my options.

“Those who watched on Wednesday will have seen a good performance with everybody contributing including substitutes Carlos Edwards and Shane O’Connor.

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“Brian Murphy is the unluckiest player at the club not to have played more games. He has not let us down and we are lucky to have him.”

Murphy will remain between the sticks with Martin Fulop struggling with an ankle problem but Gianni Zuiverloon and Jack Colback are good bets to return to the side.

Damien Delaney and Jack Colback will chalk up a half century of appearances for the club if they are involved.

Today’s likely squads

Ipswich Town: Murphy, Zuiverloon, Peters, Brown, Smith, Delaney, O’Dea, Eastman, O’Connor, Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris, Colback, Livermore, Townsend, Civelli, Healy, Priskin, Scotland, Fallon, Murray, Fulop, Lee-Barrett.

Swansea City: De Vries, Tate, Williams, Serran, Agustien, Rangel, Pratley, Gower, Dobbie, Monk, Sinclair, Dyer, Allen, Beattie, van der Gun, Makaba-Makalamby, Cotterill, Orlandi, Taylor, Richards.

Referee: Mr A D’Urso (Essex)

Damien Delaney Ipswich Town appearance record: league 44 (1 goal), FA Cup 2, League Cup 3 (1 goal).

Jack Colback Ipswich Town appearance record: league 37 (plus 8 sub, 4 goals), FA Cup 2 (1 goal), League Cup 2.

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