Frustrated Roy questions strikers

A FOUR-point haul from two trips west, to Cardiff and Bristol City, would have pleased most managers. But not Roy Keane.

Carl Marston

A FOUR-point haul from two trips west, to Cardiff and Bristol City, would have pleased most managers. But not Roy Keane.

The Irishman was frustrated that his side could not emulate their victory at the Cardiff City Stadium with a third win of the campaign at Ashton Gate.

And Pablo Counago's glaring miss, with just four minutes remaining, was especially galling for Town's unsatisfied manager.


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"Pablo's was a great chance, and I'd expect to score from them," insisted Keane.

"If that's a good chance, then good God! It was more than a good chance.

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"I'm hugely frustrated, because you have to stick these chances away.

We can't afford to let opponents off the hook.

"I know that they hit the post twice, with shots across the goal, but in terms of chances we should have won.

"We had three very good chances in the first half. Bad misses or good goalkeeping, call it what you like. You can argue that all day. We should have been ahead at half-time.

"They were more dangerous on the break in the second half, but we had committed numbers going forward.

"Not scoring has been a problem of the last few months. We're not taking our chances. We've got to win these tight games," added Keane.

But it was not all doom-and-gloom for Keane, especially as Town have now conceded just five goals in eight matches, and have not lost during that eight-game stint.

"A few months ago, this is a game we would have lost," admitted Keane.

"We're looking more solid, and that gives us a foundation.

"In fact with the possession that we had, we looked more like the home team. Generally as an away team, we are looking solid.

"I was pleased with the performance of Gareth McAuley and Damien Delaney (centre-half partnership), and a clean-sheet is always welcome. Arran (Lee-Barrett) enjoyed it.

"But it's just as well that we are looking solid at the back, because we're not putting the ball in the back of the net."

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