Town backlash delights Keane

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Ipswich manager Roy Keane was delighted with the response of his players to their midweek disappointment after the 2-0 win over Cardiff.

Town were thumped 3-0 by leaders QPR on Tuesday night but bounced back by sinking City at Portman Road to leapfrog the Welsh side into second place. Cardiff made a bright start but Ipswich dominated after the break with an-own goal from Adam Matthews and Jason Scotland's second goal for Town giving them a deserved victory.

"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 Keane. "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."

He added: "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."

Teenager forward Connor Wickham put in a fine performance alongside Scotland on his first start for the club.

Keane added: "He 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."

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