Video: Keane slates Town's second-half display

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today slated his players for their below-par second-half performance in their 3-1 Championship defeat at bottom club Peterborough last night.

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IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today slated his players for their below-par second-half performance in their 3-1 Championship defeat at bottom club Peterborough last night.

The loss of a 1-0 half-time advantage at London Road puts Town back into the relegation picture in a big way, and Reading could go above them and put the Suffolk club down into the drop zone tonight.

An unhappy Keane said: “Any talk of the play-offs is nonsense.

“There is no hiding place for us now and we let our fans down and must now look to make up for that when we play at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

“It was crazy how we conceded soon after the interval, diving in and conceding a free-kick and then allowing them to score from the free-kick.

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“We must learn how to react better to setbacks and having given Peterborough an impetus we were unable to get back into the game.

“We continue to switch off in the second period and to concede from two set pieces was particularly disappointing.

“And I have to say I'm surprised that we didn't roll our sleeves up as we should when it got tough after the break, particularly as we had had no game at the weekend.”

Daryl Murphy scored his third goal in three games to give the Blues the lead and they had chances to add to this in a first period that they dominated for much of the time.

The introduction of Reuben Reid for the home side gave them some pace and changed the picture but to lose to a side heading for relegation is a big blow for Keane and his men.

He added: “A second goal would have killed them off but it didn't come and we must do better defensively as well.

“We have enough quality to rise up the table but it is character that we need now and we can do all the talking we like but it is on the pitch where it will count.

“Our fans have shown patience and I have to the team and now we must do all we can to repay our fans' loyalty.”

Keane confirmed that play maker Grand Leadbitter was taken off in the second period because he was not doing enough confirming that all his players are liable to be withdrawn if not performing.