Town must build on snowy win
IPSWICH TOWN: One swallow doesn’t make a summer, hardly the appropriate metaphor for this arctic spell.
But the sentiment remains the same – one win, achieved in almost farcical conditions, is not going to save Roy Keane’s job alone.
Keane himself admits that he is still under pressure, despite his Ipswich Town side braving the snowy conditions, and Sven Goran Eriksson’s buoyant Leicester, to record an emphatic 3-0 win on home soil/snow.
The win lifted Town three places up the Championship table, from 20th to 17th, but it cannot be forgotten that the result arrived on the back of six straight league defeats, and even more alarmingly after nine defeats in 11 Championship fixtures.
That’s why Town simply have to follow up last Saturday’s three points, with the same haul against visiting Watford on Boxing Day.
“The pressure is still on. It was just one result,” admitted Keane.
“Saturday was a good, honest performance. There were no frills about us, but with the position we are in, it’s a case of rolling up your sleeves and forgetting about out-and-out wingers and over-lapping full-backs.
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“It’s a time for being solid,” added Keane.
Watford’s home match against bottom club Preston was one of five postponements in the Championship on Saturday, so they will be fresh come Boxing Day – their last outing will have been 16 days ago, and more worryingly that was a notable 3-1 win at league leaders QPR.
Keane is certainly not getting carried away by one result, however important it was to stop the rot.
And the Irishman remains convinced that Town need reinforcements during the January transfer window, regardless of whether he is still in charge or not.
“We need new faces in, because we’re short,” said Keane. “We’ve been behind all these teams for months, though obviously no one listens to me, nobody.
“A lot of people don’t understand the losses (players leaving) we’ve had at the club, and the injuries we’ve had.
“I’m not criticising the owner, but people have to have a reality check, where we are at and where we have got to go. We have a long way to go.”