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Keane insists Town will kick on

PUBLISHED: 07:53 07 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane insists his team will kick on from last weekend's Championship success against Derby County.

It was the Blues' first victory in 15 attempts, and Keane says there is no reason why confidence should not be high for his bottom-of-the-table team when they visit Reading on Saturday.

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane insists his team will kick on from last weekend's Championship success against Derby County.

It was the Blues' first victory in 15 attempts, and Keane says there is no reason why confidence should not be high for his bottom-of-the-table team when they visit Reading on Saturday.

The trip to the Madejski Stadium could prove to be the defining moment of the season.

Three points and Town supporters can broaden their smiles after the Derby win.

A draw and Town will still be treading a much better path than six weeks ago.

But a defeat will see the gloom descend again.

On paper, Reading are there for the taking having not won at home since January 27 - a run of 15 league games plus a play-off semi-final against Burnley.

In that time they have scored just seven times, conceding 25. This term they have drawn three times and lost on four occasions with a goal difference of two against eight.

“The pressure is the same as it's been for the last few weeks,” said Keane.

“We should have had two or three victories before we beat Derby, in terms of how we've been playing.

“The lads have been showing a lot of confidence and freedom, when you consider where we are.

“It may be unusual, but they're enjoying it. And they'll be enjoying it a lot more winning games.

“Our form has been good since our 3-3 draw at Sheffield United on September 29 and on-loan keeper Asmir Begovic has brought a nice presence to the team.

“Strikers take all the glory and get paid all the money because they are the ones who can win games for you.

“We need to step up to the plate in this aspect and put the ball in the net more.”

While Keane sees Town benefiting from the 1-0 success over Derby, Reading manager Brendan Rodgers will be buoyed by last Saturday's 3-1 victory at Coventry.

He looks to have to have worked out his strongest side having used 27 so far this term, and gone back to a 4-4-2 formation.

Reading are in their last season of Premier League parachute payments and have shown great caution in their quest to avoid financial problems.

Their wage bill has been slashed from £30 million to £10 million a year since the end of last season with £12 million raised in the

summer from transfers going to pay off debts.

They went top of the Championship with their 1-0 success over Wolves last January, but have not given their fans any home wins to watch since.

Ipswich will be looking to capitalise on this, and Keane is convinced his men will be in the right mood with just two defeats in their last nine games and none in their last four.


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