Keane will be asking ‘very little’ of his players at Deepdale
IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane says he’ll be asking very little of his players when they take the field for their Championship match at Deepdale against Preston North End tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Defeat against the bottom of the table Lancashire-based club would put added pressure on manager Keane and drop the Blues closer to the relegation zone.
“We will not have anyone who will beat five players and then score in the top corner,” said Keane. “It will not happen.
“But I’ll expect 11 players to fight for 96 minutes, to fight for every ball, every decision, not to et pushed about, show a good body language and work their socks off.
“And that’s very little to ask of a professional footballer.”
Keane says he needs his players to be more streetwise as well.
“Tommy Smith may have received a shove before the first Swansea goal last weekend,” said Keane.
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“But you have to be streetwise and push back. All central defenders are going to get nudged – you have to be ready for that.
“If someone did that to you in the street you would push them back.
“I know how I was brought up I would – I’d wouldn’t apologise.
“Preston have street wise strikers and we don’t want any private school reactions.”
Although they were denied victory at Cardiff in the final minute last weekend, Preston have not won for seven games and manager Darren Ferguson is under more pressure than Keane.
“Given time Darren will do a good job at Preston,” added Keane. “But we are all very impatient these days.
“If he beats us and I lose my job he’ll not lose any sleep as like us his team is fighting for its life.
“Their last two performances have been good and they have benefitted from some recent loan signings and being at home they will fancy winning tomorrow.
“Do I envy Darren being able to phone his dad (Sir Alex Ferguson) for advice? No, but it can help particulalry with loans.
“I can speak to my dad - he played a decent level as all my family did.”
And looking at possible tactics, Keane went on: “We could both play two up front, which would lead to an open game.”
It was back in January 1966 the last – and only time – Ipswich have won a league game at Preston, and their overall record is just one league win in their last 11 meetings.