Roy: We deserved better

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane believed that his players deserved a lot better, following the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute goal at Barnsley.Town were on course for a deserved draw, until Jon Macken drilled home in the fifth and final minute of injury-time to hand the Tykes a 2-1 win.

Carl Marston

IPSWICH Town boss Roy Keane believed that his players deserved a lot better, following the heartbreak of conceding a last-minute goal at Barnsley.

Town were on course for a deserved draw, until Jon Macken drilled home in the fifth and final minute of injury-time to hand the Tykes a 2-1 win.

Town are now cast adrift at the bottom of the table, five points away from safety, after no wins in 11 league games.


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“We're stuck in a rut, so we have to try and get out of it,” admitted Keane.

The Irishman reserved his main gripe for referee Phil Gibbs, not his players.

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Keane was incensed with Mr Gibbs' performance, and in particular his two decisions to award Barnsley a penalty (Tommy Smith's alleged trip on Iain Hume) and then the last-gasp free kick that led to the winning goal.

“We deserve better. There's not too much I can say to the players, because their desire and attitude cannot be faulted,” continued Keane.

“But some things are out of our control. What about their penalty? I had never seen anything like it in my career! I was very disappointed with that decision.

“I have asked to see the referee, because I want to ask him why he gave that decision. I'm entitled to do that. Our lives depend on such decisions.”

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