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Keane still hopeful of play-off push
Published : 11 Jan 2010 07:37:49
Ipswich took the lead after just 18 seconds at the Walkers Stadium when Jack Colback crossed and Ryan McGivern, under pressure from David Norris, turned the ball into his own net. But for the 13th time this season, the Tractor Boys were forced to settle for a single point rather than a full compliment when Steve Howard levelled for the Foxes eight minutes before the half-time whistle. Lloyd Dyer was the creator, cutting in from the right before teeing up the veteran striker to poke the ball beyond Arran Lee-Barrett. Keane, whose side lie 20th, said afterwards: "It was probably a fair result. We did have some good chances but our keeper pulled off the best save of the game. It was not a classic but to draw the game with an element of disappointment is a mark of our progress because Leicester are having a good season. "I'm disappointed we didn't build on our great start to the game but I know we can do a lot better than today." Keane admitted that his side needs to score more goals if they are to catapult themselves up the table. He said: "What we lack at the moment is that we don't score enough goals and that's an area that needs improving. "Draws won't get you too far up the table but I still think we are capable of having a good season, and that would include getting into the play-offs." Keane revealed that new goalkeeper Brian Murphy could be sidelined for several weeks after he was injured in the pre-match warm up. Former Swansea keeper Murphy, 26, signed for Ipswich in midweek after three years with Irish club Bohemians. Keane said: "Murphy damaged ankle ligaments in the warm-up. He looked like he was in a lot of pain in the dressing room. He could be out for a number of weeks." Nigel Pearson conceded his side had performed poorly. The Foxes chief said: "It wasn't a very good game and we struggled to get anything going in a positive manner. "We didn't achieve the standards we have reached this season. "We didn't look as solid as we have been in recent games. We were too open and they - Ipswich - enjoyed some potentially dangerous situations. "But at least we've come out of it with something positive."