Roy: It's not going to get any easier
ROY Keane admits that "it's not going to get any easier," after his Ipswich Town side slithered closer to the bottom three on Saturday.Town remain fourth-from-bottom, but are now just one point clear of relegation zone following their 1-1 home draw against Middlesbrough, and Reading's 2-1 win at Doncaster.
ROY Keane admits that "it's not going to get any easier," after his Ipswich Town side slithered closer to the bottom three on Saturday.
Town remain fourth-from-bottom, but are now just one point clear of relegation zone following their 1-1 home draw against Middlesbrough, and Reading's 2-1 win at Doncaster.
To make matters worse, Town's next four games are all away from home, at QPR, Peterborough, Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe. To date, Keane's men have only won one of their 13 away league fixtures this season.
If this poor run on the road continues, then Town are likely to end up back in the bottom three during the course of the next week, especially as they have no fixture next weekend due to Cardiff's involvement in the FA Cup.
Daryl Murphy took just 22 seconds to mark his debut with a goal, prodding home fellow Sunderland loanee David Healy's low cross, but David Wheater salvaged a draw for 'Boro with a 62nd minute header.
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"We're fourth from bottom, and we've got four away games coming up, so it's not going to get any easier," confessed Keane.
"It's another draw, and as we all know, draws don't get you anywhere fast.
"But I think it was a fair result. To me, it was a typical Championship game, with both teams having chances.
"When it's 1-0, no one can relax, and Middlesbrough had a reaction. But I was OK with my players. I thought they did reasonably well today."
Debutant Murphy had said, in the match-day programme, that Town were still in with a shout of making the play-offs.
His manager does not agree.
"I'm not sure that you should take too much notice of what players have to say, you know. No one did when I spoke!" joked Keane.
"We can't at this moment in time be thinking of the play-offs. The table doesn't lie.
"But we'll be going away on Tuesday trying to win the match. That's always been my make-up. That will never change."
Tomorrow's opponents QPR crashed to a 1-0 defeat at basement dwellers Peterborough on Saturday, so Town can expect a reaction from their west London hosts.