Frustrated Roy's gone to the dogs

ROY Keane has been taking out his frustrations by walking his dogs along the Suffolk coast.“We have been walking miles and miles,” he said.The Blues manager has tasted victory just twice in 20 Championship matches going into today's game against Blackpool at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Elvin King

ROY Keane has been taking out his frustrations by walking his dogs along the Suffolk coast.

“We have been walking miles and miles,” he said.

The Blues manager has tasted victory just twice in 20 Championship matches going into today's game against Blackpool at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

He is looking for his side to lift themselves out of the bottom three by extending their unbeaten run to 10 games against Ian Holloway's Tangerines.

While Jim Magilton and Tony Pulis have been in bother this week for alleged dressing room bust-ups with players, Keane has his own method of relieving his frustrations.

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“Yes I have been left frustrated many times this season,” said Keane.

“And I deal with it by walking the dogs - on my own and walking miles and miles.

“It is a highly pressurised situation managers find themselves in, but if the allegations made this week turn out to be true those managers will suffer.

“Despite my reputation I like to think I keep control, and after the Peterborough draw on Tuesday we had a chat in the dressing room afterwards.

“The players had done reasonably well and it was all cool.”

Keane's players have missed a hat-full of chances in recent games with just three goals in the last five matches including goalless draws in the previous two home fixtures. But he blames himself for the team's current plight - not his players. If my players are feeling sorry for me they are mistaken,” explained Keane.

“They are giving their best and I'm not faulting my players.

“I am the one who should be doing better - not the players.

“I could have made better choices with some of the finer points in Tuesday's game. “And if you go back to away fixtures at Doncaster and Sheffield United - games we drew after being ahead late on - I should have altered the shape and sorted things out better.” Next Saturday Ipswich visit Scunthorpe before embarking on Christmas games against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on December 26 and against QPR at home on December 28.