No easing off for Town

IPSWICH TOWN: The Blues will not be taking their foot off the pedal now that they are safe from relegation.

Roy Keane’s side have four Championship games left starting with a visit to Nottingham Forest this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The manager wants to see his team finish as high as possible in the table after the completion of 46 games, and he revealed that there will be no easing off.

“We’ve managed to get away from the bottom of the table – thank God,” said Keane.

“And with a few teams just ahead of us we want to get above them as well.

“Having a relaxed mentality going into games does not suit our style.

“We’ve proved that we can compete against teams above us more often than not, and we must try and do so again.

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“It’s set up for a brilliant game and although there might be a few boos aimed in my direction going back to a former club I’m going to enjoy the occasion.”

While determined to make it three straight victories after the Easter double over Reading and Derby, Keane is also looking forward to another game today.

He plans to be in front of a television when Barcelona play Real Madrid this evening in the Spanish League.

“Our game comes first of course, but I’m looking forward to watching the game between the Spanish giants,” said Keane.

“It should be some match, and Lionel Messi is a brilliant player to watch.

“I enjoyed watching him take Arsenal apart in the Champions League on Tuesday, and so did my kids.

“I don’t always agree with Arsene Wenger, but I have to agree that the Argentinean is currently the best player in the world.

“With some players it appears to be a chore to be playing the game.

“For Messi he is obviously enjoying himself – as all the top players do.”

Keane wonders what has happened to the ‘Respect’ campaign with top referees now receiving even more criticism.

“How long did that last after a big build up? Not long, and this is where we find ourselves.”

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