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Trotter: Give us time to develop

PUBLISHED: 09:42 31 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:47 06 July 2010

GIVE us some time - that is the message from Ipswich Town's gutsy young midfielder, Liam Trotter.

It was Trotter's goal-bound shot that was handled by Preston's Callum Davidson, so leading to Town's equaliser and Davidson's dismissal in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road on Saturday.

GIVE us some time - that is the message from Ipswich Town's gutsy young midfielder, Liam Trotter.

It was Trotter's goal-bound shot that was handled by Preston's Callum Davidson, so leading to Town's equaliser and Davidson's dismissal in a 1-1 draw at Portman Road on Saturday.

Jon Walters saw his resultant penalty saved by keeper Andy Lonergan, but he recovered to sweep home the rebound. That strike cancelled out Ross Wallace's opener for Preston, but Town could not fashion an equaliser despite playing the whole of the second half against 10 men.

Trotter remains philosophical, even though Town are still searching for their first win of the season and are stuck in the bottom three.

“There were a lot of expectations when Roy (Keane) came in, but I think we are in a transition period,” insisted Trotter.

“There have been a lot of players coming and going, and Roy has a different style of management, as do all managers. It's all changed, from top to bottom, but then that was also the case when Jim Magilton took over from Joe Royle.

“There's always a big change when a new manager comes in. I find Roy to be very straightforward and very honest. He's very positive thinking.

“I suppose you could say that Roy is slightly intimidating at times, but then so was Jim (Magilton) before him. They have that status. They have your career in their hands,” added Trotter.

Ipswich-born Trotter, who had spells on loan with Grimsby and Scunthorpe last season, is relishing the opportunity that Keane has given him this season.

The 21-year-old has been ever-present in the league, and has the utmost respect for the Town supremo.

“I have confidence because he (Keane) has shown faith in me. I've started the first five games, and I hope that continues,” explained Trotter.

“Of course I used to watch him when I was growing up. You could hardly miss him, because Manchester United seemed to be on the TV about three times every week!

“I used to watch him and Scholesy (Paul Scholes) in central midfield. I'd love to have played against him, because he'd have taught me a few good things. Now I get advice and listen to him,

“Naturally we feel disappointed with this result, because they were down to 10 men. We were looking to kick on in the second half, but they upped their work-rate.

“They say that it can often be difficult to play against 10 men, and it felt like that today. Sometimes it felt like it was 11 versus 11,” added Trotter.

It promises to be busy couple of days in the transfer market, before tomorrow's 5pm transfer deadline.

Keane is chasing four new players, although he recognises that the club are as yet not close to wrapping up any of the deals. The Sunderland duo of Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter are two of his targets.

David Wright's absence from Saturday's squad has kick-started rumours that he might be on his way before tomorrow evening, with Reading in the mix.


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