Keane vents his fury

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane did not hold back on his criticism of the goal his team conceded in their 1-1 Championship draw at Coventry City on Saturday.

“Where do you start,” he said.

“Firstly their keeper should have been stopped from having a free kick up field, and then we should have dealt with the ball and not allowed their fellow to touch the ball back to an unmarked player. And then we look at whether the keeper should have stopped the shot.

“No one did their jobs.”

And Keane revealed his frustration at losing out on two points after going in at the interval with a deserved lead.


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He went on: “We played some good stuff, particularly in the first half and had good possession and good movement.

“We could have been more clever when we were against 10 men. I don’t think we moved the ball quickly enough in the attacking third.

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“But to balance that we probably had the best chance of the game with Jack Colback. If we don’t take these chances, which as a team we don’t do, then we are not going to win.

“It’s the same story of failing to score enough goals and having to ask youngsters to come off the bench and do a job for you.

“Jack had got to score and Jason Scotland has got to be sharper with his touch in the box. We’ve got to be more cunning.

“Coventry are solid and well organised, so you have to be clever with your play, particularly in and around the box.

“One or two of our players did not take responsibility, passing sideways and backwards when you’ve got to be braver.

“No one likes seeing players get sent off, and Marlon King went in with two feet, but if people think it helped us it certainly didn’t. It just galvanised the home team and supporters and after that I don’t remember any decisions going for us after that.”

Reflecting on the sending off Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd said: “It was a striker’s tackle - more over exuberant than malicious, but with two feet off the ground a red was likely and we won’t appeal.

“It was not a penalty when Tommy Smith tackled from behind, but we had an offside goal that could easily have been given with the current rules.

“Ipswich are a good side and with 10 men it was a good point for us.

“Ipswich are not far away from the play-off places, just as we are not far away from 19th. If we think anything other than that, then we’ll get a slap in the face.”

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