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Keane: Frustrating to Draw But Goal is a Confidence Boost
Monday, 2nd Dec 2019 11:46

Striker Will Keane admitted it was frustrating to concede an injury-time equaliser in yesterday’s FA Cup second-round tie against Coventry but was pleased to net his second goal of the season and get another game under his belt and feels he is getting closer to his best.

Callum O’Hare netted a 94th-minute leveller after Keane’s goal had given the Blues the lead six minutes after half-time.

“Really frustrating,” the 26-year-old said afterwards. “We probably hung on a little bit too much in the last 15 or 20 minutes, soaked up a bit too much pressure.

“I’m not sure why, maybe think we maybe retreated a little bit after we got the goal rather than pushing on and trying to get the second one.

“But saying that we held on until literally the last minute so at that point you think you’re going to see the game through.

“Will [Norris] made a couple of great saves and you think we’re going to ride our luck and we got caught out right at the end which was really disappointing.

“It happens, and to be fair to them they did push on in the second half, so they’ll feel it was their just rewards, so perhaps overall a draw might have been a fair result with their pressure at the end of the game.

“A couple of games this season we’ve won 1-0 and it’s been going in a similar way and we’ve got away with it. Today it wasn’t to be and we’ve got to dust ourselves down, it’s another game next week and we’ve got to go into it and try and get the win and get into the next round.”

Keane was pleased with his second goal of the campaign, his first having come in the Trophy tie against Gillingham.

“I think it was Rowey that nicked the ball back, we tried to push up high and press them when we could,” he continued.

“So it was a good interception from him and it was good to find Judgey, a nice bit of play to get half a yard.

“And I knew when he got the nice bit of space that he was going to put the ball into a dangerous area so I just wanted to make sure I got myself in there and it was nice to see it come to my feet and it was a nice tap-in.”

An instinctive finish? “Definitely. I think playing up front on my own, the manager probably wants me to be getting across that front post as much as I can when the ball is going wide.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself and get across there to free up someone else, just to drag the defenders, but luckily I had a bit of space and it was nice to see it go in.”

Keane, who underwent hamstring surgery early in the summer before rejoining the Blues on a permanent basis in August having been on loan in the second half of 2018/19, was making his fifth start of the season in addition to five appearances from the bench and he feels he’s getting closer to the top of his game.

“I think so, I feel good,” he said. “I got the minutes against Lincoln [inthe first-round replay]. It’s quite frustrating for the lads to get replays but at least it was more minutes for me in that last game and I’m feeling the benefit of it.

“I felt I was unlucky not to score in the last game so it’s nice today to cap the performance with that goal and it gives you that bit of confidence. Obviously that’s what I’m in the team to do. A good start and hopefully I’ll get more opportunities soon.”

On the team's overall performance, he added: “I think today we tried to have a big emphasis on playing our way out from the back and playing through the thirds, which we’ve done a lot with the manager a lot in the past.

“And we’ve got the players to do that, the likes of [Andre] Dozzell and [Flynn] Downes in midfield. They get the ball and can thread passes through, get [Jon] Nolan and Judgey in pockets of space.

“I thought at times we looked really dangerous when we did that well. Obviously we need to keep doing rather than in little spells we can just keep that pressure on and I’m sure we’ll get there.”

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ShropshireBluenago09 added 11:53 - Dec 2
Well done Will. I still believe you and Norwood should be our first choice front 2. Nothing against Jackson but apart from workrate he’s not prolific enough

TractorCam added 12:47 - Dec 2
Jackson has proven more prolific than Norwood on stats.

ShropshireBluenago09 added 13:16 - Dec 2
Jackson had last season to adjust and hasn’t had the injuries Norwood has had.

ArnieM added 13:33 - Dec 2
That’s very true . But we are so more potent with two strikers than one up front . I’ve lost count if the number of games this season that we’ve hugged n puffed to get the goal, then struggle to hold onto it. Sunday’s game was just another example. Despite what lambert says we did NOT look comfortable. Coventry had many many excellent chances to score , far more convincing than us tbh!

It’s certainly far from clear cut it a “ dead cert” that we will be promoted this season. We don’t score enough goals .

ArnieM added 13:37 - Dec 2
Ps interesting that Keane says we are dangerous when Dozzell and Downes “ thread the ball through”. Yes we are. But we hardly ever do it. So often yesterday we passed it square or back time and again only for the bank four to hoof it . That’s the frustrating part . We don’t play to our strengths anywhere near often enough.

dirtydingusmagee added 13:56 - Dec 2
quite right ArnieM, I dont like us playing one up front, its not effective. I dont think any of our front men are a threat playing that way, service is not there.It wasnt there last season either, that is what worries me about Paul Lambert, he is stuck in his ways and persists in flogging a dead horse. [Becoming a bit like Mc Carthy in being one dimentional. Ok i here yells of we are 2nd with games in hand, but form shows we are falling off the pace,and it needs sorting out before we lose more ground, we were in front with games in hand.

DifferentGravy added 14:13 - Dec 2
Keane should be match fit now. So its his contribution that will count. If he is scoring goals, creating chances....or both, then he commands the opportunity to play. They give us three very different options. Norwood has skill and if the ball is played to his feet he creates plenty of chances(needs to take a few more though). Jackson does have pace but has showed a new strength and desire missing last season. Hopefully Freddy will return at some point. Cant see Evans splurging on another forward, irrespective of our circumstances.

Do think the service needs to be better though (one of the reasons we are missing Young). The Rochdale away game a prime example. Fired up long all first half to the two up front. The tree like centre backs were laughing. Second half we got the ball down and played more....and thoroughly deserved the win. Similar as the Tranmere home game in so far as poor quality first half, vastly improved second and we win the game

Saxonblue74 added 16:06 - Dec 2
Pleased for him. I really do believe that a good spell injury free and he'll be a huge asset for us. Regarding playing two "up top" I think it's a must. If we've intentions of a comfortable promotion we need to score more goals.

ArnieM added 16:28 - Dec 2
For all Keanes silky skills, he doesn’t often put him self about physically. Rarely wins the high ball and is often outmuscled I’m afraid. I’m actually a little disappointed with him nth.

bazgammon added 20:55 - Dec 2
Terrible player, complete waste of time. get fit soon Freddie and lambert sign a proper target man like Rotherham's Matt Crooks or much as a despised him someone like Grant Holt. Keane's man bun seems to weigh him down because ive never seen him win a header.

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