Keane slams first half display

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane could not believe how badly his team played in the first half of today’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.

Town were poor in the first period, and were trailing to David Mirfin’s looping header, but substitute Jaime Peters slammed home an equaliser just before the hour mark to salvage a point.

“We’d have taken a draw at half-time. It was a game of two halves, we were very lack-lustre and never got going in the first half,” admitted Keane.

“Their goal was always coming, we couldn’t even clear our lines. But in the second half we were guilty of missing the chances. The game should have been dead and buried.

“The madness of it was that we almost lost it at the end,” added Keane.”

The Irishman also revealed that he had taken off Connor Wickham, just after the Mirfin goal, for tactical reasons rather than an injury to his 17-year-old striker.

Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough said: “I thought that was two points dropped for us.

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“We rode our luck at times and Ipswich hit the bar, but I thought on the whole that we had the better of the chances.

“Our lads coped with everything that Ipswich threw at us, and I thought we played the better football. We should have won.”

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