Roy doesn't want a Real stroll
IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane will not settle for his team "strolling" through tonight's key bottom three showdown against Posh.
UNDER-estimate basement club Peterborough United at your peril!
Ipswich Town boss Roy Keane will not settle for his team "strolling" through tonight's key bottom three showdown against Posh.
Town might be unbeaten in eight games, but they are still stuck in the relegation zone. They will have to fight for every point.
"We're not going to treat Peterborough like we are Real Madrid, because we're not that!" warned Keane.
"We're in no position to stroll into Portman Road and just get a result.
"It will be a battle. Peterborough have players who play with a lot of energy. Many of them have come from non-league and they appreciate the opportunities that they've got.
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"First and foremost, we have to win the fight. We are two teams down at the bottom of the table.
"We have to roll up our sleeves, because if not we'll get beaten.
Hopefully, our quality will come through in the end," added Keane.
Town have won two and drawn six of their last eight fixtures, and have conceded just five goals in that eight-game period. That's the good news.
Yet with all their strikers struggling to score goals, Keane's men remain for the moment relegation candidates, rather than outside play-off hopefuls.
The Irishman confessed: "I am aware of the situation, that we are 12 points off sixth spot.
"I'm well aware of that, because it's a tight division, but 12 points is a lot, especially when you've only won two games all season!
"We would have been out of the bottom three if we had won on Saturday, but the table will take care of itself if we win some games."
Keane is set to make changes for this evening's game. He will probably tinker with his front-line, in the long quest to find his best strike-force, and might also recall winger Carlos Edwards to the starting line-up.