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Gallery & reaction: Mick McCarthy calls upon Ipswich Town supporters to get behind the team following post-match confrontation

11:40 26 October 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates his goal for Town.

Tommy Smith celebrates his goal for Town.

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Ipswich v Huddersfield: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has urged the club’s supporters to get behind their side after the Blues let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 with Huddersfield Town at Portman Road today.

McCarthy turned and confronted fans behind the dug-out as boos rang out at the full-time whistle. The hosts had led through goals from Tommy Smith (21) and Christophe Berra (54), but were pegged back by Nahki Wells’ 71st minute penalty and 82nd minute header.

Having previously gone eight games unbeaten, Town are now winless in five and down to 10th in the Championship table having let a lead slip in their last four outings. Last-gasp equalisers were conceded against Nottingham Forest and Blackburn, with Cardiff coming-from-behind to win 3-1 in midweek.

Asked about his angry post-match exchange with fans, the Blues boss said: “That’s the way it is at the end of the game when you’ve just lost a two-goal lead. Something was just said to me that irked me.”

So it was just a case of frustration all-round? “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” he said. “I don’t... It doesn’t matter. It’s just frustration.”

Can he understand that frustrated with another lead having being let slip?

“I can,” said McCarthy. “But it’s the same squad of players that everybody was lauding for costing nothing and getting us in the top six. Everybody enjoys that when it’s going really well. And when it’s going really well, things drop for you.

“When it changes a little bit, which it has for us... Why? Have we suddenly become bad players and bad coaches? No. It’s just a bit of a tough period. I think that’s when everybody has to get behind us, not against us.

“It shouldn’t suddenly be ‘everything’s wrong’, because it’s not. I try and keep myself on that even keel. When things just start going the other way, how are you going to change that? The way you change it is by supporting people and making sure they keep doing the right things.

“As much as I was angry in the dressing room afterwards, I’ll come in on Monday, watch the game again and be back to where I should be.”

Reflecting on the match, he said: “Maybe we are fortunate to come away with a point in the end. Huddersfield played well, they changed their system to suit us or stop us but we were 2-0 up when they were playing 3-5-2. They went 4-4-2 and it changed the momentum of the game, although it’s the penalty which changes the momentum really.

“They were just starting to play well, we were preparing to get the subs on to counter-act their shape and they got a penalty. It swung completely in their favour.”

Asked if he felt the penalty award, for Luke Chambers grappling with Grant Holt in the box, was contentious, McCarthy replied: “It’s a penalty. Look, Grant Holt was bumping and barging all game, which is the way he plays – he’s been a good player and he still is.

“I think the two of them had hold of each other in the box, but when the defender is facing his own goal and still has hold of him then he’s going to give a penalty for it.

“I’ve been there. Let me clear something up, Luke Chambers is not naïve, that’s for sure. He’s just playing against a good player who’s taken advantage and spun him around. That’s what happens when you’re playing against good players.”

He added: “We got a point when we could have lost it. When they equalised they were on top and we had to scrap it out. As much as I’m disappointed we’ve chipped a two-goal lead, at least we didn’t lose it.”

32 comments

  • how'd the town do....your comments are idiotic, Holt at one point had Hyam held round the face off the ball, that's assault off the pitch. In general he isn't a very good footballer but a cheat. He does not operate within the rules of the game. Open your eyes

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    daniel ......

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • So you approve of this sad little morons repetative postings do you Dougie? if so you are just as pathetic.

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    Craig Warr

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Some people on this site really are dim witted.

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • EADT READER is L E Cheval, Rob Steroo, Ray Bidwolf. Spotted!

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    MrDiddle

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Just stick to the football please Craig Warr

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    DOUGLAS POOLEY

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Just because Grant Holt hustles and bustles the opposition like a good player should, you cannot call that cheating.In the good old days when men were men and footballers were footballers and not the mamby pamby so called players, sorry celebrities, of today, it was real excitement to go to see a game, full of drama. That spirit has gone and will never return but please don't call physical players cheats. If you want to call them cheats, we could do with a couple of cheats now, we might win more games.

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    how'd the town do

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • The problem with football is that intelligent people know that by 'backing the team' they are paying a huge amount of money to keep Managers and Players in highly-paid jobs; in many cases this is a transfer of wealth from the 'poor' to the wealthy. They will suffer this if they are seeing international or world-class players but not for mediocre players or teams. Better to spend the money on a movie and Nandos!

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    Johnthebap

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Well now what a surprise little jonny smith is here again. Internet troll and cyber bully what a sad little fella you are. Whats your real name Nigel no friends is my guess.

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    Craig Warr

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • I think you'll find the boos were for the appalling referee, who was conned all afternoon by the cheating antics of Holt and then denied Town a stonewall penalty as McGoldrick was felled in the penalty area deep into injury time..... However credit where credit is due. Huddersfield have been the best opposition to visit PR this season and have taken a few scalps already this season - but not ours, despite playing well below our best.

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    Liz Knott

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • West Ham have just proved what you can achieve if you stick with a manager. Any town fan calling for mick to be sacked when we are five points off top and lost once in nine games is a complete mug, clueless, bitter and frankly a complete and utter pleb.

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • And why the hell isn't the moderator publishing my posts?

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Cyril how the hell do you know what rates Evans lends itfc the dough? I read it was very low rates. Perhaps zero. Certainly less than what town were paying Barclays who we were massively in debt to before Evans purchased the club.

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • how can fans get behind the team if there's no fans at the stadium? so many empty seats etc...

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    john smyth

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Blue and white, you ask what I want. I simply want an owner that INVESTS instead of lending at extortionate rates, and I want a manager who is prepared to say to ME support me or I am off, that wont happen because MM is hanging on to his last job for dear life. I can see no reason why ME would want promotion as yes he would get his cash back, but where could he put it to get a better return.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Ipswich five points off the top and fans calling for McCarthy’s head Norwich three points off the top and fans calling for Adams head. Huddersfield in seventeenth position. Grant Holt grinning from ear to ear Conclusion: Abuse is underated

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Yes Cyril, and what do you propose? Sack MM, sack any manager following the first sign of a bad run of results, and become a laughing stock like Leeds??

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    blue&white

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • 13th at this point last season with four points less and we've just had four not so good results. Just thought i'd throw that in.

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    threenewknees

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • "we still have as much chance as anybody" surely that was the situation at the start of the season, but currently our league position suggests we will achieve no more than last season._

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • This league is so close this year. Look where Brighton and Reading are and yesterday Huddersfield finished the better team yet they are bottom half of the table. The back four were terrible in defence and none of them worth more than a 5 rating. The midfield were largely ineffective and McGoldrick looked disinterested at times. But fans must keep behind the team, the booing is not helpful and regarding a change of manager (or owner), be careful what you wish for. Two differing kinds of test in the next two games so lets get behind the team and see where we are after that. The club are still in the mix.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • What's just as disappointing about a run like this is that we get a run from Cyril. Hardly a word when we're winning.

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    Lyric Break

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Well said NB. You've only got to hear managers of other teams in the league to know that MM is highly respected amongst those who really know their football. I'm as disappointed as anyone to know that had we held onto leads acquired in our last our games we'd be clear at the top by now. Truth is though, there isn't the width of a cigarette paper between any of the teams in the league with the possible exception of Birmingham City and Blackpool. Derby and Forest's results yesterday showed that anyone can beat anyone. Who finishes in the Top Six has become as predictable as the Lottery and Ipswich still have as good a chance as anybody.

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    Rod Cross

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • EADT Reader, if people actually thought that you were serious, you would get slated on here. The fact the you have generally been ignored, speaks volumes. You are calling for a manager to be sacked who has just been recognised for manager of the month, by people who know what they are talking about, shows how rediiculous your comments are.

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    NB

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Fair play to MM - some reasonable signings and he kept hold of David McGoldrick and Tyrone Mings. Having said that - too many questionable substitutions. The team lose confidence when they find they have only a one goal lead or when the pressure gets too much. We continue to pass back when we should pass forward. Mick mIlls had it right again on radio Suffolk - we need to defend by attacking - not defend by encouraging the oppostion to attack. Fans pay big money relatively to watch professionals earn maasive money. Not impressed either with fans abusing Grant Holt - not my favourite player but wished we had him in our team today! Don't let this season evaporate - you gave us hope for the first time in nearly ten years - now we need the owner to show some courage. We are not short off a play off or automatic place - its a league any team could win - still - come ME give MM what he needs - money to build the best team in the league. We are short in the midfield still - a dynamo, a Jonny WilliamsTyrone Mings - all in one player. A Jim Magilton, Matt Holland or Jonny Wark. 10 million now could bring £70 million in May 2015 - but it would take someone pretty sepcial to see this rare opportunity Mr Evans - can you see it?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • The trouble is AK Hall, its begining to be when did we last win.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Micks done agood job but I have to question his substituions tabb, anderson and hunt not good enough what do they offer to the game. We missed williams in the middle today, im sure Mick will get us winning again

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    Pin

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • here come the moaners as usual... funny you rarely hear from them when we win !!!!

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    Al K Hall

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • As I said Mick out... And fast!

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    EADT READER

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • MM has just produced towns best form for a long time and now your calling for his head?! Get real

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    BlueBeev

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Mick has done a great job since he arrived, but can only take the team so far without a decent transfer budget. Over to Mr Evans now to back the manager in January.

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    Blue Rico

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Time for Mick to move on before it's too late. Slipping down the table we need to act fast and have a new manager before Christmas!!

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    EADT READER

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Booing a 2-2 draw after the start to the season we have had is a disgrace. Yo yo fans. Yes it was annoying to let lead slip yes we have been drawing too many games and it's frustrating. But to boo your own team when you haven't lost you've drawn and played not too bad is disgusting. No doubt the yo yo fans and the usual cretins will be loving it. But we should get behind the team. Disgraceful pathetic cretinois and backward are words that appliey to some of our fans.

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    Staidtastic

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • I think the fans behind the dug-out were merely echoing what most home fans were thinking. Fortunate to get a point against Huddersfield after losing a two goal lead. MM doesn't seem to have the tactical house to get us out of this division.

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    StalwartBlue

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

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