Keane’s Blues strike early to stop high-flying Foxes

LEICESTER missed the chance to go fourth in the Championship table after being held to a draw by Roy Keane’s battling Ipswich in a disappointing wintery encounter at the Walkers Stadium.

The visitors got off to the best possible start when Ryan McGivern bundled into his own net under pressure from Ipswich’s David Norris after just 22 seconds. Ex-Foxes defender Gareth McAuley and Jack Colback both came close the doubling Town’s lead late in the first half but, within seconds, Steve Howard slotted home for the hosts against the run of play.

Leicester’s Matty Fryatt and Paul Gallacher forced saves from Ipswich keeper Arran-Lee Barrett late on, but Ipswich comfortably held on to extend their run to just one defeat in 14 matches.

Keane said afterwards: “We had chances before their equaliser but we’ve not been scoring enough goals all season and that was the case again.

“Draws are not going to take us up the league very quickly but it’s a point that we got and we’ll take it and move on.”