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Keane critical of Ipswich players after home defeat

Ipswich boss Roy Keane admitted his side's form was "unacceptable" after Swansea came from behind to record a 3-1 win at Portman Road. Woeful defending allowed the Swans to pick up victory through a brace from Craig Beattie either side of a scrambled strike from Joe Allen.

Town have now lost eight of their last 10 npower Championship fixtures and not even a place in the last four of the Carling Cup has been enough to shelter Keane from criticism.

He said: "No excuses. We've got to do better.

"We've got no-one to blame but ourselves, in terms of our defending, the chances we missed and not dealing with the setback of their first goal.

"Their first goal was soft and the second was comical, but then I'm pretty sure I had the same conversation last week (after the defeat at Norwich).

"It's like Groundhog Day. We're doing the same things over and over again and I'm saying the same things over and over again.

"I probably need to receive criticism and eight defeats in 10 games is unacceptable.

"I bought players in the summer and I brought players here on loan."

Referee Andy D'Urso played a key role in the 88th minute when - with the score poised at 2-1 - he turned away calls for a penalty when Carlos Edwards appeared to be tripped.

Swansea broke away and killed the game off within 30 seconds when Beattie scored a stunning third goal.

But Keane refused to criticise the official.

He said: "The official didn't cost us the result. Let's not try to find another excuse for us losing the match. It would be easy but it would be wrong."

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers also defended D'Urso's decision.

He said: "If you're the home manager you're disappointed if you don't get it.

"But having seen a replay, I can see why it wasn't given.

"There was a slight touch but maybe he (the referee) is thinking their guy can go through, get his shot in and finish.

"There's no doubt there was contact but I don't think it was a turning point in the game.

"There's no doubt we got a bit of luck in that moment but I don't think anyone could begrudge us the win.

"I've got a great belief in the group and the players and we've shown we can be competitive.

"If we're still there in February or March, because of the way we play we'll have a very good chance."

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