Confident Keane tips Rebels to rule over the Kingdom

IPSWICH TOWN manager Roy Keane is confident his home county of Cork will win their first All-Ireland final in 19 years when they face Kerry at Croke Park tomorrow.

The Ipswich boss is looking forward to watching the game from his Suffolk home.

“I’m confident of victory. I’ll be watching it on Sunday and fingers crossed they’ll do it.

“I don’t think any of my family will be going, they’re more into the hurling. But I’ll definitely be watching.”

Prior to Cork’s visit to Croke Park, Keane will be hoping his Ipswich side can pick up their first league win of the season at Doncaster this afternoon.

The Tractor Boys sit second bottom of the Championship on three points after seven games and Keane said he is looking to improve performances in fundamental areas.

“We’re working on scoring more and conceding less,’’ he said. “In between both boxes we’ve done reasonably well. I think we’ve kept the ball well and got it into the right areas, but what happens in both boxes will dictate football results.

“We’ve not defended well enough as a team, particularly when the ball goes into our area. We are getting the ball into good areas, but we’re just not getting on the end of it and scoring that vital goal.”

Despite bookies offering odds on how long he’d last at Ipswich, Keane has no plans to move on: “I’m fairly confident come the end of the two-year contract I’ve signed, we’ll be in the Premiership. No one said it was going to be easy.”


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