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Keane buoyed by Ipswich display
Published : 26 Apr 2009 08:26:12Rss feed
The Bluebirds were looking for the one point needed to guarantee a play-off spot and they had the perfect opportunity to settle their nerves in the 10th minute, only for leading scorer Ross McCormack to see his penalty saved by visiting keeper Richard Wright. The Tractor Boys took full advantage in the 34th minute when the unmarked Pablo Counago converted a cross from substitute Jon Stead. Worse was to follow for the hard-pressed Bluebirds six minutes after the break when the defence failed to clear the ball and David Norris fired home from 20 yards. The final goal came in the 90th minute when an Ivan Campo free-kick hit a post and Stead side-footed the loose ball home. Keane was very satisfied with the performance of his players and said he believed good things are to come during his stint in the manager's office. "It happened to be our day today. Cardiff missed a penalty and then we scored to put us on top. "We were forced to change things around when Alex Bruce went off with an arm injury. We had no defenders on the bench and so Jon Stead went on and did very well for us. "He is a good player and he sat up two goals scored one himself and I am quite happy to have him at the club. "I have had a good feeling in the short time I have been at Ipswich as the players have responded and we want to finish the season on a high and not just go through the motions. "I was very, very relaxed at 3-0 but when it was 0-0 and they had a penalty it was very different. In fairness to Cardiff they have had a good season but the missed penalty was the turning point." Cardiff manager Dave Jones failed to show up at the press conference preferring to send assistant Terry Burton to face the waiting media. "There is no conspiracy regarding Dave's non appearance it's just that he has asked me to come in today. "We are always assessing our performances and in all honesty we have had a very bad week. We have played well for periods but have left ourselves too open and easy to play against and we will have to put that right. "We got into the right areas today without causing them too many problems but when we missed the penalty and they scored against the run of play we were always chasing the game. "Today was the supporters' day but it was a football match for us and the players and staff are as disappointed we were beaten as the fans but it hasn't been such a bad season and we will be looking for something from our last match. "The players know they have to work hard and get back to basics and they have been given some sharp words by the manager."