Roy throws down challenge to Town fans

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today threw out a challenge to Blues supporters to second guess his side for tonight's Championship game at Peterborough

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today threw out a challenge to Blues supporters to second guess his side for tonight's Championship game at Peterborough (kick-off 7.45pm).

“I'll be adopting a horses for courses approach as usual,” said Keane.

“If you try and guess what my team will be I bet you'll get it wrong.

“I'd be very surprised if it will be the same 11 players who started the game at Queens Park Rangers last Tuesday.”

Keane used recognised midfielders Jaime Peters and Jack Colback as his full backs in the 2-1 victory over Rangers, but he hinted that he is set to make changes in that department tonight.

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“I'm still unsure whether we played well at Loftus Road or Rangers were poor on the night,” added Keane.

“Instead of looking back and enjoying the first half I have been left lingering on the final 30 minutes when we made hard work of winning a match that we should have had dead and buried.

“Thirteen points between us and the play-offs might not seem that big a gap.

“But it is when you've only won six games all season.

“We've not a free scoring team, and we have to roll our sleeves up over the next few weeks and try and get away from the bottom of the table. And then see where that takes us.”

Keane is not convinced that a weekend off was good for his players, adding: “It was not ideal.

“Okay, one or two players made the most of it regarding recovery time, but any decent player will tell you that he just wants to play.

“I was left kicking myself watching the Southampton versus Portsmouth FA Cup game on TV as I wanted to be involved and we had lost to Southampton.

“But we will be ready both mentally and physically for the battle in front of us at Peterborough.”

With Lee Martin and Connor Wickham training at the weekend Keane has further options - with Brian Murphy pushing Arran Lee-Barrett for the goalkeeper's jersey.

“Arran has it at the moment and he's done the business,” added Keane. “But it will be taken game by game with Brian having played against Norwich in a reserve game and being very close.”

David Healy will be pushing for a return to the starting line-up with Keane saying: “I've brought David and Daryl Murphy here to play games and score goals. Hopefully they will and if given a chance they will take it tonight.”