Kennedy insists Town youngsters are good enough

IPSWICH TOWN: Mark Kennedy is confident that the Blues’ ‘Keano Babes’ are more than capable of getting a result in the npower Championship fixture against Hull City at the KC Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

Kennedy will miss out with a hamstring problem and will be joined on the sidelines by other injured experienced campaigners in Gareth McAuley, Alan Quinn, Colin Healy and most probably David Norris who is rated very doubtful.

“I know the manager would like a few more older heads in his team, but we’re good enough for this league and to make the play-offs,” said Kennedy today.

“There are plenty of other teams without senior players and we can cope with the ones that we have got missing.

“Newcastle United and West Brom were a bit special last season, and then there were five or six others not far behind.

“This season after perhaps Cardiff City and QPR the promotion places are anybodies and our young players are all impressive.”

Tamas Priskin was a goalscorer for Hungary on Wednesday with Ronan Murray a candidate to play alongside him ahead of Jason Scotland or Connor Wickham. McAuley is expected to be out for up to three weeks, Luke Hyam for up to five weeks and Kennedy for three weeks. Keane says that Shane O’Conor and possibly Luca Civelli could feature tomorrow.

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Talking about his injury Kennedy said: “It’s really frustrating. The manager brought me here to play football.

“I’m not injury prone and although 34 have not played that many games and am quite capable of playing 30 plus games a season as I have over the previous few years.

“I know my body well and no one is more frustrated about it than me.”

Hull will be without influential midfielder Jimmy Bullard because of a knee problem while Caleb Folan is also out with a knee injury.

Paul McShane (thigh) and Kevin Kilbane (back) both missed the Republic of Ireland midweek match, but are in line to play tomorrow while Tottenham loanee John Bostock is available again after serving a one-match ban.

Hull have not won at home since September 14 having lost their last three games at the KC Stadium. Their win at Preston on Tuesday was their first in nine games since they won at Norwich City on September 25.

Marton Fulop kept a clean sheet and Tamas Priskin scored the opening goal after coming on as a substitute as Hungary beat Lithuania 2-0 on Wednesday Troy Brown won his first Wales Under-21 cap as a 56th minute substitute as his side beat Austria 1-0 at Newport.

Academy duo Josh Carson and Caolan Lavery won their first Northern Ireland Under-21 caps from the bench as their side lost 3-1 to Scotland at Partick Thistle.

Ipswich face Peterborough United at Portman Road in the third round of the FA Youth Cup after Posh defeated Midland Football Alliance Stratford Town 5-0. A likely date is Wednesday December 8.

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