Keane pours cold water over Ipswich expectations
ROY Keane has warned Ipswich fans to lower their expectations after Ipswich moved into the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with a 3-1 win over League Two minnows Northampton Town.
The Corkman believes that Ipswich or a "world" behind Championship pace-setters like QPR and Cardiff and unless he can buy in some attacking talent, that situation will not change any time soon.
"People think I'm doom and gloom but you look at Cardiff last night and we are a world away from that. We are miles away from the likes of Cardiff and QPR and people need to realise that," said Keane.
"I appreciate my glass is always half empty but that is the reality. We are asking young lads to fill in and I am trying to get attacking players in."
"Ishmael Miller will have plenty of options. We are in the market and if you think we are the only club in for a player like him then you are mad."
"He is a good player and good players are always in my thoughts. We have trouble attracting players down here as they don't often want to move away so we may have to look at younger players," said Keane who is now just two games away from an unlikely day out at Wembley.
"We're hopeful of a home tie. Our priorities are the league on Saturday but I don't complain about winning football matches. We started well but the big boys are flexing their muscles now and the semi-finals are a long way off."
"We've got bigger fish to fry now. If they keep believing in each other we will be okay and I am confident that we can get out of the predicament we are in the league."
"It has been a great cup run. The win at Liverpool will live long in the memory for everyone connected with the club. But livelihoods depend on results at this club now and it is time to put that right."
Meanwhile, boss Roberto Martinez declared himself a proud man after his side overcame a spirited display from his former club to reach the Carling Cup quarter-finals.
Mauro Boselli's first Wigan goal and a late penalty from Ben Watson saw the Latics progress to the last eight with a hard-earned 2-0 win over Swansea City at the DW Stadium.