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‘I’m getting a little fed up with the moaning... it’s time to support the team’ - Beattie

PUBLISHED: 13:16 10 November 2017

Town manager Mick McCarthy pictured during the Ipswich Town v Norwich City match.  Picture: STEVE WALLER

Town manager Mick McCarthy pictured during the Ipswich Town v Norwich City match. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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It’s time for Ipswich Town fans to stop moaning and get behind Mick McCarthy and his players, according to Blues legend Kevin Beattie.

Beattie believes it's time for Blues fans to stop moaning and get behind their team. Picture: ARCHANT Beattie believes it's time for Blues fans to stop moaning and get behind their team. Picture: ARCHANT

McCarthy’s side sit just two points outside the play-off places following a mixed start to the campaign, which has seen the Blues rack up eight wins against sides below them in the standings but struggle against those above them.

Despite the Blues being in the thick of the promotion hunt, sections of fans remain frustrated by a lack of progress, McCarthy’s playing style and his relationship with the club’s support. The Blues boss has also dropped hints suggesting this campaign could be his last at Portman Road, with his contract up in the summer.

But Beattie, considered by many to be the club’s greatest player, believes the McCarthy and his team need the full support of the club’s fans during the final two-thirds of the campaign.

“To be quite honest I’m getting a little fed up with the fans moaning,” Beattie said.

“We’ve played 15 games, won eight and lost seven so I think to have done that and be eighth in the league is a great start.

“You are going to get fans moaning week in week out, but if Mick is going to leave in the summer he’s going to leave. Let him run out his contract and see what happens.

“Fans have the right to have a say but we’re not doing too bad at all and I would much rather be in our position than some of the other clubs.

Kevin Beattie has been impressed by David McGoldrick this season. Picture: PAGEPIX Kevin Beattie has been impressed by David McGoldrick this season. Picture: PAGEPIX

“My message to fans all the time, because I love Ipswich Town and I love the fans, is to get behind the team. It definitely helps and if the fans are cheering it’s an extra man on the field.”

Beattie has been impressed by some of the attacking line-ups selected by McCarthy this season, which has seen four strikers starting games on occasions, with the former defender reserving special praise for Bersant Celina and David McGoldrick.

He said: “Playing the four forwards means we have been scoring goals, which had dried up a little until last week, but we didn’t concede against Preston and that’s great. We’re tight enough at the back and when you see David McGoldrick back in his own half tackling players then that’s great. You can see he’s willing to work.

“Celina has got a lot of ability. Unfortunately he’s not ours but we have him for the season so let’s use him and enjoy him.”

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

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Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

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Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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