Keane slams woeful defending

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane slammed his defenders for the defensive howlers that led to a depressing 4-1 defeat at Carrow Road in this afternoon’s East Anglian derby.

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane slammed his defenders for the defensive howlers that led to a depressing 4-1 defeat at Carrow Road in this afternoon’s East Anglian derby.

A hat-trick from Grant Holt condemned Town to a heavy defeat, with Wes Hoolahan adding the fourth.

Damien Delaney had equalised Holt’s first goal on 28 minutes, but was then sent off later in the first half for a professional foul on danger-man Holt.

“It was a long afternoon,” confessed Keane.

“Once again we have given a team a big helping hand, and this is costing us. There were three important decisions, with the first two goals and the sending off, which we got wrong.

“We are not a good enough team to give goals away like that.

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“Losing matches creates pressure, but then there’s always pressure in the job,” added Keane, whose Town side have now lost four games on the bounce.

Norwich boss Paul Lambert enthused: “It was a first-class performance, achieved by players with a desire to win football matches.

“I thought Grant Holt was unplayable at times. He’s never going to be a lad with great finesse, but as a typical old-fashioned No. 9 he’s brilliant.”

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