Keane: I want more like Walters

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane wants his players to follow the example of leading scorer Jon Walters.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane wants his players to follow the example of leading scorer Jon Walters.

The 25-year-old scored a late consolation penalty in Saturday's 3-1 Championship defeat at Middlesbrough to bring his tally for the season to three.

And he will be a definite starter for tomorrow's home league match against Nottingham Forest where defeat for the Blues would put more pressure on Keane.

Keane insists there is no need to panic and that a top-six place is still achievable, but with just two draws from the opening six games he will be looking for an improvement against Forest.

And he has held up Walters as the man to follow.

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“Jon (Walters) played well again at Middlesbrough and you could say that he has cemented his place in the team,” said Keane.

“I am looking for others to follow suit and the Forest game gives them another chance to do that.”

Walters agrees that players have a chance to establish themselves in the team. He said: “The manager has shown that he is not afraid to make changes.

“In pre-season everybody had a fair chance and we are quite rightly judged in training every day.

“I am a believer that you should train as you play and this is how it should be.

“If not you are in danger of missing out on playing regularly.

“Only extra special players like Matt le Tissier can perhaps take it easy in training and still have the skill to turn it on during games.

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