My real message to our fans - Keane

IPSWICH TOWN: Roy Keane says that he hopes Blues fans will stay on his side.

The Irishman took a break from preparing his side for today’s npower Championship game against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground (kick-off 3pm) to reflect on his attack on Town supporters earlier this week.

Keane said that people in this part of the world are set in their ways and that many Blues supporters do not understand the game.

He was responding to criticism during the home defeat by Coventry last weekend when some of his younger players were the subject of the fans’ frustrations.

Keane, who has always been happy for fans to criticise his decisions and understands that supporters have aright to have their say, said:

“I hope fans were not too upset and agree with me that they should be getting behind our younger players.

“The more experienced ones can take care of themselves, but we are in apposition where we are asking kids to do a man’s job – and they need help not criticism.

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“Part of me understands the public’s frustration, but fans should be supporting those that need support.

“As usual there was lazy journalism with the usual blast used after my name in headlines.

“But it was not a blast – I was trying to protect and get the best out of our talented young players. This is important if we are to achieve anything this season.

Keane felt that his team could have gained draws in their games against Coventry and Watford in the last week, and he revealed that he has studied a video of Tuesday’s game at Vicarage Road and cannot understand why Ronan Murray’s second half ‘goal’ was not allowed.

“We have not found any trace of any offside,” added Keane, who has the competition he wants in defence and midfield.

“I have the capacity for one more loan player, but if any half decent striker becomes available we will not be the only club to show an interest.

“We are always looking, but there are not that many options around.”

And reflecting on his team selection at Watford, Keane said: “I wanted players at the back who could defend.

“I felt this was important.

“If you have a full back who can attack as well as he can defend – or vice versa - the chances are he is playing in the Premier League.

Town winger Reggie Lambe played in the Bermuda side that drew 1-1 with hosts Guadeloupe in the opening game of their Under-20 World Cup qualifying group.

The young Bermudians took on Antigua and Barbuda overnight with Haiti hav ing withdrawn from the competition.

The winners of the group will qualify for the CONCACAF U20 Championship in Guatemala in April.

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