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Irish Eye: Roy Keane on the brink of Ipswich Town exit after latest defeat

No Irish names on the Championship’s score-sheets again this week.

Image: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

ANOTHER QUIET WEEKEND for Irish goalscorers cross-channel.

There were no Irish scorers in the Championship, but in League One, Sheffield Wednesday romped home to a wonderful 6-2 victory thanks to Irish input.

Roy Keane

Another bad week for the Ipswich boss, as his side lost 1-0 to bottom-placed Preston.

Sean St Ledger only made the bench for Preston, and was not called from sidelines. Keane started Brian Murphy again in goal, and did much better, saving seven from eight shots.

Former Ireland international Mark Kennedy was disappointing, and was taken off with half an hour to go.

Another loss for Keane moves Ipswich down to 18th, and just three points clear from safety.

Greg Cunningham

The Manchester City defender is currently on loan at Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester City, and has been winning plaudits from both fans and manager.

An attacking full-back, he adds an extra threat to t0he Foxes going forward, and was one of the standout performers on Saturday as his adopted side beat Doncaster 5-1.

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If they can string a few more wins together, a playoff position is very likely.

Sean Scannell

The Irish Young Player of the Year in 2007 returned from injury on Saturday, and played his first game for Crystal Palace since May.

An essential part of Palace’s team last season, the 20-year-old will be delighted to have finally recovered from a knee injury.

In August, it was believed that he would not return until the new year, but the striker healed very quickly and replaced James Vaughan in the Palace lineup, after Vaughan himself picked up a knock just after half time against Hull.

James O’Connor and Paul Heffernan

Six different Sheffield Wednesday players scored in their 6-2 win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday, including two Irishmen.

Both Darren Potter and Clinton Morrison started, and played very well, without scoring.

O’Connor and Heffernan were brought on as subs in the second half, and took little time to make their respective mark. Wednesday’s fifth goal was O’Connor’s fourth of the season, while Heffernan completed the rout with his first goal.

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