We'll make an impact, vows Keane

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane goes into today's game at Bristol City (kick-off 3pm) still confident of making an impact in the Championship this season.

By ELVIN KING

elvin.king@eveningstar.co.uk

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane goes into today's game at Bristol City (kick-off 3pm) still confident of making an impact in the Championship this season.

His team will kick-off in a relegation position after just two victories in 18 games, but after a run of seven unbeaten matches Keane is in positive mood.

A relaxed and amenable Blues boss said: “No one at the club has written this season off.

“People outside might have, but we certainly haven't.

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“This is a big month for us with six fixtures and we can come out the other end in a position to kick-on.

“Since our 4-0 home defeat to Newcastle United on September 26 I have nothing but praise for my players.

“Their attitude has been spot on and hopefully we have turned the corner having looked much more solid in recent weeks.”

Keane is expected to keep the same back four and midfield today, and is happy to be able to name consistent sides.

“It is up to my players to pick the team themselves,” added Keane.

“If they play well they will stay in the side, and this makes my job easier.

“I feel I have given most of my players a chance, and I'm quite happy to change my opinion on individuals.”

Damien Delaney and Owen Garvan are examples of squad members who were left out in the cold before being brought back into the fold.

“They have both come back and produced, which is what I'm looking for,” said Keane.

“Damien is an experienced player who has a lot to offer and all credit to him, while there has never been any doubting Owen's ability.

“His pass that led to Jon Walters' goal at Cardiff last Sunday would not have been possible for many Championship players.

“If he keeps his work rate up - off the ball as well as on it - he'll have every chance to become a regular in my team.”

Most successful teams have a strong spine through the middle and Keane feels he is now reaching this stage.

He went on: “Gareth McAuley and Damien Delaney have the potential to be one of the best central defensive partnerships in the division, and with Grant Leadbitter in midfield and Stern John giving us something different up front we are now well covered.

“Scoring two goals at Cardiff was a boost and with Jon Stead having scored three times in five games and Jon Walters notching a cracker we are in good heart to carry on the good work at Ashton Gate.”