Keane can offer no excuses


SOCCER:IPSWICH TOWN manager Roy Keane admitted his side’s form was “unacceptable” after Swansea came from behind to record a 3-1 win at Portman Road.

Keane’s side forged ahead through Andros Townsend, but some more woeful defending allowed the Swans to pick up victory through a brace from Craig Beattie either side of a scrambled strike from Joe Allen.

Town have now lost eight of their last 10 Championship fixtures and not even a place in the last four of the League Cup has been enough to shelter Keane from criticism. The former Manchester United captain has seen injury and suspension unsettle his back four but he could offer no excuses for their showing.

“No excuses. We’ve got to do better,” Keane said. “We’ve got no one to blame but ourselves, in terms of our defending, the chances we missed and not dealing with the setback of their first goal.

“Their first goal was soft and the second was comical, but then I’m pretty sure I had the same conversation last week (after the defeat at Norwich).

“It’s like Groundhog Day. We’re doing the same things over and over again and I’m saying the same things over and over again. I probably need to receive criticism and eight defeats in 10 games is unacceptable.”

Referee Andy D’Urso played a key role in the 88th minute when – with the score poised at 2-1 – he turned away calls for a penalty when Carlos Edwards appeared to be tripped.

Swansea broke away and killed the game off within 30 seconds when Beattie scored a stunning third goal.

“The official didn’t cost us the result today,” said Keane. “Let’s not try to find another excuse for us losing the match. It would be easy, but it would be wrong.”

Meanwhile, a 94th-minute header by Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh – on loan from Wolves – spared Cardiff‘s blushes on Saturday and broke the hearts of bottom club Preston, who looked set for a 1-0 victory having arrived in the Welsh capital with just one win in their previous 10 league outings.