Keane praises Town response
Roy Keane hailed the response of his Ipswich players to their midweek defeat after beating Cardiff.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 18/09/10 7:11pm
Ipswich boss Roy Keane was delighted with how his players responded to their midweek defeat after beating Cardiff 2-0.
Town were thumped 3-0 by league leaders QPR on Tuesday night but made sure they did not suffer a further hangover with a comfortable victory over a below-par City side.
Despite Cardiff's bright start Ipswich soon came into their own and dominated after the break with the opener coming courtesy of an own goal from Adam Matthews and a Jason Scotland strike.
"It was a good performance, a good game and a good victory, and we deserved it after the first 10 minutes when we were under a lot of pressure," said the Irishman.
"The players reacted well and I knew they would. They did well against a good Cardiff team. Cardiff were missing some important players but they are still a handful.
"For the first 10 minutes we could not get out of the box never mind the half but we stuck at it, which you have to do."
Teenage striker Connor Wickham is continuing to show his excellent promise and again put in another fine performance alongside Scotland during his first start for the club.
Keane added: "He (Connor) and Jason gave us that foundation with their work rate and hold up play.
"Presence is a good word. The top players have presence. He gives us something different. Connor has a bit of everything and we are pleased with him.
"In an ideal world I would like to hold him back, but we didn't get the players we wanted so we have to use him."
City were without injured skipper Craig Bellamy and boss Dave Jones felt his side were to blame for their own downfall.
The victory at Portman Road means Keane's men leapfrogged Jones' Bluebirds into second place.
"We started brightly but the second half was not the best," said Jones.
"It had 0-0 written all over it as I didn't think they were causing us problems but you can't give the ball away the way we did.
"There is no hiding place in this world and at this level. It is a good job (Matthews) is a young player and he has a long time to get over it.
"We all score own goals but you are taught as a young boy to head the ball high and wide and away from goal. He has been caught again for the second goal.
"A lot of players, not just Adam, didn't step up to the plate.
"It is one you will mull over many times but you can't let it affect you. We haven't got time to mollycoddle anybody so he has to learn quickly."