Roy Keane, the Ipswich manager, admits he must take responsibility for the "high expectations" which have dogged his struggling team so far this season. The former Manchester United captain takes his side to fellow Championship outfit Peterborough tonight in the second round of the Carling Cup seeking a much-needed boost having failed to win a game in the league so far.
Saturday's 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich saw them continue a start which has seen them collect just one point from four games and Keane, who was a high-profile appointment at the end of last season, insists he is relishing the challenge ahead.
Ahead of the trip to London Road, Keane told said: "We have had to deal with high expectations since we have been back and I've played a part in that. I'm an ambitious person and have talked about taking the team to promotion. We have to deal with that but as bad as results have been, I think we are two or three players away from being a decent side and being back in the mix."
The Peterborough manager, Darren Ferguson, has problems of his own, insisting his side must regain the defensive resilience which helped his side to promotion from League One last season. "Everyone talks about the forward power we have," Ferguson said, "but the catalyst for our success has been the clean sheets we have kept."
Keane has no fresh injury concerns with Tommy Williams (groin) and Jamie Day (ankle) still out along with Chris Whelpdale (hernia). Pablo Counago is set for his first game of the season after a groin injury.