Roy can handle the pressure, claims Jack

Rising young star Jack Colback insisted today that Roy Keane will emerge successfully from the pressure he currently finds himself under.“He's been under more pressure than this and can handle it,” said Colback, who has become a regular in the Blues side and is on loan for the season from Sunderland.

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Rising young star Jack Colback insisted today that Roy Keane will emerge successfully from the pressure he currently finds himself under.

“He's been under more pressure than this and can handle it,” said Colback, who has become a regular in the Blues side and is on loan for the season from Sunderland.

Losing 3-1 to bottom club Peterborough on Tuesday has added to the question marks about Keane's managerial ability and plunged Ipswich back into the Championship bottom three.


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And this will intensify if Town fail to impress in their game at Sheffield Wednesday today (kick-off 3pm) and their trip to another struggling side, Scunthorpe, on Tuesday.

But Colback, 20, is confident of a positive outcome saying: “The manager's got every belief that we can get out of this situation.

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“And the players feel the same way.

“He's a good manager, and one I know better than my Sunderland boss Steve Bruce who hadn't been at the Stadium of Light long before I joined Ipswich.

“Mr Keane's been under pressure before in his life - as a player and he's handled it.

“He's been under more pressure than this and come through.”

Colback says that the defeat to a Peterborough side now managed by Jim Gannon was not as devastating as it may have looked.

“I was impressed with them,” he said. “They played well after the interval and it was certainly not an easy game.

“We failed to get a second goal when on top, and to be honest the pitch was difficult to play passing football on.”

Colback is happy to be remaining with the Blues rather than returning to his parent club Sunderland with Black Cats boss Steve Bruce confirming that despite his injury list he has no intention of recalling the 20-year-old.

“I think Steve Bruce has said that I will benefit more from staying here than going back to Sunderland, and that's fine with me,” said Colback.

“I would only have been cover there and would have offered a short-term solution. I wouldn't have been in the team.

“I've felt part of the Ipswich team from the start and I want to see out the season here and help Ipswich finish as high up the table as possible.”

Colback has made 17 starts and eight substitute appearances for the Blues this season, scoring four goals.

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