Roy is confident

ROY Keane says he is 'confident as ever' that Ipswich Town will be in the promotion hunt come the end of the season.

Stuart Watson

ROY Keane says he is 'confident as ever' that Ipswich Town will be in the promotion hunt come the end of the season.

The Blues boss has endured a frustrating start to the season, the Suffolk side picking up just two points from their opening five Championship matches, but remains bullish that he can turn things around

Speaking ahead of his side's match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium this afternoon, he said: “I obviously spoke about promotion in pre-season and I won't go back on that because if the manager doesn't believe his team can get promoted then what chance have we got?

“Are we going to run away with the league? I don't think so. But I'm confident as ever that we'll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

“We've made it very hard for ourselves, but with these new players, as well as maybe a couple more on loan, I'm confident as ever that come the end of the season we'll be in the mix.

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“People need to relax and trust the manager, staff and players. It will come and we all have to believe it's just a matter of time.

“Judge us at the end of the season, not after a month.”

Keane confirmed that new signings Grant Leadbitter and Liam Rosenior are almost certain to start today, but that he will be making a late decision on the involvement of Carlos Edwards after the Trindad & Tobago winger's late arrival in the UK last night following international duty.

“If we're going to have a disappointing run then I'd rather have it at the start of the season than at the end,” said Keane, whose squad flew up to the north east yesterday.

“Middlesbrough are a good team, but I go into every match hoping to get a result and hopefully that will never change.”

- For full match preview and Keane's loan plans see today's Green'Un supplement.

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