Will Brian beat the curse?

ONE swallow doesn't make a summer.Even though Brian Murphy produced a near faultless display, albeit for the odd stray kick, on his debut at Sheffield Wednesday, Roy Keane is as yet unsatisfied.

Carl Marston

ONE swallow doesn't make a summer.

Even though Brian Murphy produced a near faultless display, albeit for the odd stray kick, on his debut at Sheffield Wednesday, Roy Keane is as yet unsatisfied.

Murphy will retain his place in goal for today's trip to Scunthorpe United, hoping for a second clean-sheet on the bounce.

But as Keane insisted yesterday: “I said after the game (at Sheffield Wednesday) that he didn't have too much to do, but what he did do he did very, very well.

“But obviously let's judge him over a number of games

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“He's only played one game, let's remember that. We can all have one good day. I like players who have lots of good days.

“And we have had a curse of goalkeepers at this football club this season,” added Keane.

The “curse” refers to Shane Supple's retirement, Richard Wright's long-term injury, loanee Asmir Begovic's recall to his then-parent club Portsmouth, and Murphy's own injury during the warm-up at Leicester six weeks ago.

Arran Lee-Barrett did not make any terrible errors during his 15-game run in the team, but Keane felt that it was the right time to elevate Murphy to the No. 1 spot.

The experienced 26-year-old, who was recruited from Bohemians last Autumn, but was not elegible to play until the turn of the year, has already been included in the Republic of Ireland squad, though he has not been selected for their next friendly match against Brazil next week.

He has now recovered from ankle ligament damage, incurred at the Walkers Stadium before kick-off, and is fighting fit.

This is a fact not lost on Keane. “He (Murphy) is a fit lad anyway. He trains like a madman!

“He had two games for the Reserves, before Saturday, but Reserves and first team - it's chalk and cheese.

“I thought he came in and had a good presence about him. The boy was ready, absolutely,” added Keane.

At the other end of the pitch, Keane was delighted that Carlos Edwards finally broke his scoring duck for the season, with a spectacular winner at Sheffield Wednesday.

Now the Irishman is looking for more goals from his flying winger.

“It was long overdue for Carlos. We thought that he would have scored a few more goals,” admitted Keane.

“But the goal was coming. He had several chances before, and Carlos is always capable of lashing them in from 20, 25 yards, though obviously he's not going to do that every week.

“We know what he's capable of, he's had to be patient. He's not moaned or groaned in training.”

Meanwhile, Keane confirmed that another Trinidad & Tobago winger, Kerry Baptiste, would be arriving at Portman Road to have a trial this week.

“He's due over this week. I'm sure he'll be looking forward to the weather, if his flight lands!” joked Keane. “Carlos knows him. But there are lots of players who come to the club for a trial.”