Walters told to keep his nose out of Ipswich business

IPSWICH TOWN: Damien Delaney has told his former team mate Jon Walters to keep his nose out of Portman Road business.

Delaney, 29, has a big role to play when a weakened Town team take on Barnsley at Portman Road today (kick-off 3pm) looking for three points to take them back into the Championship top six.

The Republic of Ireland international could well be captain in the absence of the injured David Norris and Gareth McAuley and also the suspended Grant Leadbitter.

And as a senior player he was happy to comment on former skipper Walters’ claim that Ipswich players are walking on eggshells in case they upset manager Roy Keane.

“Jon should concentrate on his current club Stoke City,” said Delaney.

“He’s a good friend of mine and entitled to his opinion, but not to go public on what he thinks about a team seventh in the Championship.”

Delaney sees no reason for Keane to alter his ways after the players were locked in the dressing room for an hour after Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat by Derby County.

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“Yes it was heated and the manager pointed out what he expected. A couple of the lads spoke up and it was not just one way.

“The day the manager stops having a go is the day I’ll be worried. It’ll be the day he doesn’t expect any more from you.

“He knows we are capable of doing something, and when we don’t produce it, that’s when he gets frustrated with us and with himself - you can’t fault someone for that.”

Delaney understands his manager’s current frustrations adding: “It’s a measure of his ambition and what he wants to do.

“It’s tough taking criticism, but he likes questioning people and getting a reaction out of them.

“I doesn’t bother me, I don’t take it on a personal level. I’m sure if I met the manager outside football in 10 years time, he would be fine with me, it’s not a personal thing.

Ipswich have been drawn against Peterborough United or Stratford Town at home in the third round of the FA Youth Cup with the game to be played by Saturday December 10.

Likely line-ups today

Ipswich Town: Fulop, Murphy, Peters, Delaney, Smith, O’Dea, Eastman, Brown, Kennedy, Edwards, Colback, Livermore, Townsend, Hyam, Scotland, Priskin, Wickham, Murray, O’Connor,

Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Shackell, Hassell, Trippier, Doyle, Lovre, O’Brien, Hammill, Colace, Gray, Butterfield, Arismendi, O’Connor, Preece, Foster, Noble-Lazarus, Wood, Morales, Hayes.

Referee: Mr P Tierney (Lancashire)

Ipswich home league record against Barnsley

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