Roy steers clear of bad eggs

ROY Keane today revealed that he's only interested in bringing the right players to Portman Road.

Elvin King

ROY Keane today revealed that he's only interested in bringing the right players to Portman Road.

The January transfer window closes at 5pm on Monday, and the Blues manager says he doesn't want to jeopardise all the good that has gone on over the last few months.

Town travel to Deepdale to play Preston North End in the Championship this afternoon (kick-off 3pm,) with Keane stressing: “We have something good going on here.

“I could have signed five players in the last couple of days, but I'm wary.

“I only want those who have a desire to play for this football club.

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“Nasty players are not for Ipswich Town - they can break what we have.

“One bad egg can spread through the club like a cancer - I have experienced that before.

“I am working with a great bunch who have done outstandingly well in recent games.

“Our desire and attitude is the best in the league.

“And it's vital that we keep this spirit feel-good factor.

“If I sign no one by Monday night I'll be happy.”

But Keane admits there are positions in his team that he has made enquires for and that he will available tomorrow and Monday to take things on if Town get the right feedback.

“Our chief executive has to earn his money and he will be on the case,” said Keane. “We are short in certain areas and enquiries have been made. But they are just that at the moment.”

When looking closer at what his needs are, Keane expanded by adding: “We have conceded a number of late goals that have cost us valuable points.

“But if we had scored more goals this would not have been that much of a problem.

“It's a lack of goals that's holding us back and putting us under extra pressure.

“Against Watford we had 26 efforts on goals, and they equalised with the last kick - amazing.

“If you don't score goals you don't get anywhere, but having said that I thought we were outstanding against West Brom the other night.”

Keane has no worries about fitness levels, and his players lasting the pace in games.

He explained: “If you looked at our stats you would be astounded.

“We have a brilliant fitness coach, and our lads are one of the top two fittest teams in the Championship.

“I have no worries on that score.

“If players put a shift in you always have a chance, and if I thought they were slacking we would be in trouble.”