Team ready to unleash the ‘new Rooney’

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues manager Roy Keane is ready to unleash the ‘new Rooney’ in front of Blues fans in tomorrow’s Championship game against Burnley at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Teenager Ronan Murray is known as Rooney in the Town dressing room, although Keane is quick to point out that the Republic of Ireland youth international has a long way to go to match the efforts of Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney.

Murray did however create a superb impression when he came on as a 52nd minute substitute in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over League One Exeter in the Carling Cup.

He scored one goal and had a hand in the other two as Town came from behind to win the tie in extra time.

“I could tell by Ronan’s body language that he was ready to go,” said Keane.

“He was saying ‘get me out on to that pitch’.

“And he affected the game, which is the sign of a good player.

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“He had a shot within three minutes of coming on, and then scored a good goal.

“Ronan had a hand in our two further goals and forced the keeper into a good save.

“Players pick my teams and he will be in my thoughts to be in the squad against Burnley.

“He followed up his good display at St James Park by looking sharp in training yesterday.

“We shouldn’t get too excited about him being a new ‘Rooney’ but he is a natural goalscorer and someone who could figure tomorrow.”

Luke Hyam has come into the first team and excelled himself this season after being handed a holding midfield role and with Murray also making a name for himself the Ipswich academy is beginning to blossom again after a few lean times.

Jack Ainsley is another doing well and Troy Brown and Tom Eastman looked cool and calculated as the central defensive pairing at Exeter.

Town have a break next midweek before travelling to Crystal Palace a week tomorrow.

“Fatigue may come into it tomorrow,” added Keane. “And our youngsters will need the help of our fans to see us through.”

Keane was hoping for a home draw in the second round of the Carling Cup - but expecting an away draw.

“That’s six since I’ve been here counting the FA Cup,” said Keane.

“Crewe will be difficult to beat and we could have done without the travelling.

“But we’ll go there to win and to make progress through to the next round.”

Town midfielder Luca Civelli has had an injection into his injured knee, and is expected to return to full training in a week or so.

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