Roy Keane hails fans as Ipswich Town remain on course for Wembley
Roy Keane dedicated last night's Carling Cup quarter-final victory over West Brom to Ipswich's fans.
The former Manchester United midfielder has endured a difficult relationship with Town supporters following a dire run of form which saw them slip to 16th in the npower Championship following Sunday's 4-1 defeat to East Anglia rivals Norwich.
However, Keane's battling team — hit by injuries and unavailable loan players — secured their semi-final place against Barclays Premier League title challengers Arsenal in January through a second-half penalty from Grant Leadbitter. Only some 11,300 turned out on a freezing night in Suffolk, and Keane — who had accepted in his programme notes “there is no hiding place for a manager” — was glad to send them all away with a warm glow.
“I am more pleased for other people, it is all about the players and the supporters,” Keane said.
“It is not about my feelings because a manager's career will be up or down — we have let the supporters down and we have given them something to shout about.
“Let's talk about the 11 or 12,000 that came here. Hopefully a few more of those fans will come back for the semi-final.
“Since I have been in the job we have had moments when we have thought we were going to kick on, but we won't until we get some of our players back.”
On the prospect of facing Arsenal, whom he enjoyed many great battles against as a player at United, Keane reflected: “In terms of the draw it is the hardest we could have got, but it will be great for the players. They are getting educated and they are learning their trade and the only place they will get that is on the grass.”
Ipswich's 69th-minute penalty was somewhat controversial.
Substitute Carlos Edwards stole possession and scampered away down the right, before being tripped by Dorrans.