Keane to give youngsters a chance

WHILE on the face of it a 3-0 win at Cardiff was a good result, new manager Roy Keane was not totally satisfied and will make changes for the visit of Coventry City tomorrow.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

WHILE on the face of it a 3-0 win at Cardiff was a good result, new manager Roy Keane was not totally satisfied and will make changes for the visit of Coventry City tomorrow.

The Blues boss is looking for the balance between experimenting a little and sealing a victory in front of a bumper crowd.


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Keane said: “There will be one or two changes. The performance last week was not that great. We took our chances when they came and I was happy with a lot of things, like what the players did when they didn't have the ball, but even so I will look at one or two other players.

“We want to win on Sunday there is no getting away from that.

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“It has been frustrating for a lot of people at this football club and we want to try and leave on a high for the summer by getting a good victory in front of our own supporters.

“One or two younger players may come into the squad and get an opportunity to show what they are capable of.”

Connor Wickham was among those who impressed Keane in the reserves during the week, while Moritz Volz is back from injury and looking to play.

Keane said: “I was impressed with the reserve match. There were about 40 people watching the game but they went about the business very well.

“My attitude is it doesn't matter if it is 40 or 40,000 you have to do the business.”

Gareth McAuley is out after colliding with Richard Wright in training, leaving the keeper with a black eye. Keane said: “It is not the same injury as before. This time it is his knee. He went for a ball he had not needed to so it was avoidable.”

Full-backs David Wright and Ben Thatcher are also out injured, while Jon Walters and Luca Civelli are longer term casualties, which is frustrating for Keane.

He said: “There are some good players in the treatment room but they are no good to me in there.

“Alex will be available even if he plays with a cast over his arm.”

Coventry City goalkeeper Danny Ireland has signed a new two-year contract at the Ricoh Arena, after Andy Marshall was told he will not be kept on.

Marshall has been struggling with a back injury but has made good progress and is likely to play tomorrow after manager Chris Coleman said he would give him one more game.

The Australian's deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has been rewarded by Coleman.

Ireland made his first-team debut against Aldershot in the Carling Cup back in August and is tipped for a bright future with the Sky Blues.

Meanwhile, Coventry boss Coleman admits several players who could line up for the final game of the campaign at Ipswich Town on Sunday may not be at the club next season.

Coleman said: “There will be certain players who possibly won't be with us next year, but that's for me and them to have a conversation.

“They are not going to look at what I have said and think 'that's a surprise', because I have said there will be changes all along.

“Some players don't mind losing, but if you have got a little bit of self pride you don't like it even if you are playing over the park on a Sunday afternoon. We'll see what happens at Ipswich.”

Ipswich Town: Wright, Bartosz, Peters, Volz, Richards, Bruce, Smith, Campo, Balkestein, Shumulikoski, Miller, Garvan, Quinn, dos Santos, Norris, Lisbie, Lambe, Stead, Counago, Wickham.

Coventry City: Westwood, Ireland, Osbourne, Grandison, McPake, Turner, Hall, Simpson, Beuzelin, Gunnarsson, Doyle, Eastwood, Best, Morrison, Cain, Thornton.

Referee: Graham Laws (Tyne & Wear).

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