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Furious Keane turns on reporters

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Keane refuses to comment on future

Under pressure Ipswich manager Roy Keane refused to comment on his future after his side's latest defeat - a 2-1 loss to Barnsley at Oakwell.

When asked by BBC Sport whether he would stay on as manager he responded: "I refuse to answer that question."

The Irishman was then asked whether that meant yes or no, and he countered: "Take it whichever way you want."

The Tractor Boys have failed to win any of their opening 10 games and are bottom of the Championship table.

Keane, who took over in April, was given a vote of confidence earlier in the week by owner Marcus Evans and chief executive Simon Clegg following the worst start to a league season in their history.

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The former Manchester United star later took out his frustration on newspaper reporters after Barnsley's injury-time winner.

Jon Macken scored after 96 minutes, while the Tykes had missed a penalty earlier in the half.

Keane became angry when questions again focused on Barnsley's late winner and said: "You've watched the game and nobody's asked me about the penalty."

The Irishman added of the assembled media: "That about sums you up."

As Keane left the post-match interview with journalists, he asked: "Was it a penalty? Does anyone in this room think it was a penalty?"

The spot-kick had been awarded for a foul on Iain Hume by Tommy Smith, but the Tykes failed to convert the opportunity.

Hume had put Barnsley in front before Liam Rosenior equalised for Ipswich following a mistake by Tykes keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

However, Macken struck deep into injury time to leave Ipswich on five points from their opening 11 fixtures - and still searching for their first victory of the Championship season.

And Keane said: "It's another disappointing result but we deserved more than we got.

"It wasn't a pretty game but we had just about the better of the chances barring the penalty. To concede in injury-time again after five and a bit minutes is hard to take.

"But we knew coming here today would be difficult with the conditions and Barnsley being on a good run of results.

"We had a poor start with the goal but we responded well and had some good opportunities.

"That's the way it's going for us at the moment. Instead of winning the game in the last couple of minutes you go from the disappointment of that to having a double-whammy by actually conceding."

We've been in three weeks now and we're seeing things starting to move

New Barnsley boss Mark Robins

And the earliest that Ipswich can now end their winless sequence is 17 October as the Tractor Boys do not have a fixture before then because of the international break.

But recently appointed Tykes boss Mark Robins was delighted after his team built on their midweek win over West Brom with another three points.

"It's back-to-back wins for the first time since I think Boxing Day last year so from that point of view it's excellent," said Robins.

"It's a decent return, we've had a decent start. We've been in three weeks now and we're seeing things starting to move. The supporters are behind us, that's really important, and the players are behind us.

"They're putting in the performances now. Sometimes you have to grind it out but if you can do that around teams around you that's an indicator of how you'll perform at the end of the season."



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see also
Barnsley 2-1 Ipswich
03 Oct 09 |  Championship
No pressure on Keane, say Ipswich
30 Sep 09 |  Ipswich
Robins confirmed as Barnsley boss
09 Sep 09 |  Barnsley
Keane appointed Ipswich manager
23 Apr 09 |  Ipswich


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