After 15 games, totalling 1350 minutes of football, Roy Keane and Ipswich have finally notched up their first win of the season.
The Tractor Boys beat Nigel Clough’s injury stricken Derby side 1-0 at Portman Road on Saturday.
Ipswich had gone into the game as the only club in the football league not to have won a league game, but that monkey is now firmly off their back.
The goal came in the 66th minute of the game, a Liam Rosenior cross was headed home by left back David Wright plunging Derby’s woeful form on the road into deeper trouble. The Rams have not won away in 15 games now.
Keane’s side had a knack of conceding late goals but that didn’t happen this time, thanks to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who made some fine saves in the closing stages of the game.
However, speaking after the game Keane was making sure his players were keeping their feet firmly on the ground.
“I’m obviously pleased – it’s much better than losing. It’s always nice to win football matches but ironically I don’t think we played particularly well,” said the former Manchester United skipper.
“It’s still only one win in 15 games so we will be back on the training ground working hard again first thing on Monday morning”
Now that they have won their first game of the season I really hope Keane and his men can up the tempo and start climbing the table. I have been critical of Keane in the past but I think he knows this is his last shot at management despite it being only his season job. I really hope he proves his critics, as well as me wrong, and stick it out at Ipswich, rather than walking out like in previous situations.
The pressures of looking for his first win are now over and done with, and he needs to get his side focused and starting a run of winning games. If they can they will climb right up the table in no time.
This year’s Championship is hugely competitive especially with the amount of sides in the league that have Premier League pedigree under their belts. With only one and two points separating the teams from bottom to top a winning run will be vital for the Tractor Boys.
There is no more room for error at the Norfolk club, the long and winding road for promotion has surely now begun for Ipswich.