Roy Keane maintains Ipswich must treat their Carling Cup semi-final date with Arsenal as a "bonus" and get back up the npower Championship table.

Town have slumped to 17th following a dire run of form which resulted in a 4-1 mauling in the East Anglia derby at Norwich last weekend. However, despite being short on numbers through injuries and on-loan players being ineligible, Keane's men battled their way past West Brom at Portman Road on Wednesday night via a second-half penalty from Grant Leadbitter

"Getting into semi-final is a real bonus but that is all it is, a bonus," the former Manchester United midfielder said. "In terms of the draw it is the hardest we could have got, but it will be great for the players. The league, though, is our bread and butter and we need to get up that table."

The former Manchester United midfielder has endured a difficult relationship with Town supporters.

Keane - who had accepted in his programme notes "there is no hiding place for a manager" - was glad to send them all away with a warm glow.

"I am more pleased for other people, it is all about the players and the supporters," the Ipswich boss said.

"It is not about my feelings because a manager's career will be up or down - we have let the supporters down and we have given them something to shout about.

"Let's talk about the 11 or 12,000 that came here. Hopefully a few more will come back for the semi-final.

"Since I have been in the job we have had moments when we have thought we were going to kick on, but we won't until we get some of our players back."

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