Huddersfield v Ipswich: Mick McCarthy would be happy with a point from Ipswich Town’s visit to out-of-form Huddersfield tomorrow.

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The Blues are likely to face a backlash from Mark Robins’ Terriers, who have won just one of their previous 16 league games and lost 6-1 at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

The game has extra significance as it pits Ipswich, currently three points clear of the relegation zone, against the West Yorkshire outfit, who have slumped to fourth-bottom, following a dreadful run of form that eventually cost former manager Simon Grayson his job.

McCarthy stressed that his side would be heading up north with victory on their minds but, equally, emphasised the importance of avoiding defeat.

“It’s important we don’t get beat that’s for sure,” said McCarthy, who has taken 31 points from 19 games since taking over as Blues boss in November.

“We are not going there to draw the game and we will be positive and try and get a result, but it would not be the worst thing if we came away with a point.”

Robins has yet to taste victory in two games at the Huddersfield helm, with a lacklustre 4-1 home defeat to Wigan, in the FA Cup, preceding Tuesday night’s hammering.

The Town boss had a similar experience on his arrival at Portman Road, losing 5-0 and 6-0 in two of his first four games, so knows that his opposite number will be expecting a positive response.

“When we were beaten heavily, it (positive response) happened to us and it’s going to be a hard game,” he said.

“He (Robins) could try and keep it tight, which is what every manager wants anyway, or he could think that if he does that, and lets us take advantage, then that might not be the right approach.

“My approach would be to get in the opposition’s faces and get on top of them as they are one of our rivals. I wouldn’t let them settle or play.

“The pitch is not great at Huddersfield so I would make it a scrap and uncomfortable for us.”

McCarthy, pictured right, has no new injury worries ahead of the trip, meaning Richard Stearman and Lee Martin will both be in the squad.

Stearman dislocated a finger in Tuesday night’s defeat to Watford and has not trained since as a precaution, while Martin suffered with blisters on his return to the team against the Hornets.

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11 comments

  • Once again super mick has given an honest and realistic approach to a game.No game is easy in this league and not many teams will relish a trip to huddersfield in the middle of winter on a pitch that is dodgy to say the least.COYB!!!

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    Craig Warr

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Oh my god! the mindset of this latest clown towns manager is beyond belief!!! Be happy with a point against the free falling out of form Huddersfield, is just not good enough. He should be targeting a win in EVERY game whatever the opposition and just goes to show what a total dud, journeyman manager evans has appointed this time round.

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    ged scott

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Reading Mick's thoughts in the local fish 'n chip wrapper is a pleasure unalloyed. Makes you envisage history's great thinkers. Aristotle, Descartes, Nietzsche. And then dismiss them rather quickly. 'My approach would be to get in the opposition’s faces and get on top of them..' says ageing Mick, lasciviously. Ah, the mind of the dollar-hunting, wit-disadvantaged football manager!

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • "clever" canary (there's one for you!); explain exactly where YOUR next win is coming from then?! Steroo - Make your mind up; we're either the worst run and most inept team ever, or staying up without breaking sweat. If the whole situation is so confusing for you, find something better to do with your time than hide behind a faceless on line profile spouting rubbish. "Stagnation"? More points since he's taken over than 20 other sides in the Championship; doesn't look like stagnation to me; more like exactly what he was bought in to do. win games, get points, keep us up. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT!!! As for MM's comments, try actually reading what he says; make sure we don't lose, but don't just park the bus and play for a draw. Sensible thinking.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I disagree with Mick here. A point should not satisfy because the opposition are on the rocks and anything less than a win should be deemed to be unsatisfactory! We know how hard this league is but with Edwards still retaining the armband we should not put silly ideas into his head!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • So basically end f season comes and we get relegated by one point and we look back in this result could have beat huddersfield but instead were happy for draw . No wonder were going down . I just think this season has been shocking yeah McCarthy ain't done too bad but somethig somewhere is not right . We can't keep going through managers bring bak jim magilton !

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    Mikebassett for town

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • MM can't win win the trolls on this site; if we lose, he'll get slated. Get a point, he'll get slated. Win, as we ought to, and all we'll here will be "it was only Huddersfield", as we inexplicably did when we beat Boro (6th in the table at the time!) 4-0. I look forward to a good laugh at the rubbish from Ged Steroo (taking time out from writing rubbish on the EDP site), whatever the result. It's a real shame the comment function on here has been allowed to be abused by these clowns.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Lordy... Yorkshire Jewell is now sounding even worse than the genuine article. Do none of you EADT scribes have the spine to respond to such utter tripe? Huddersfield are a staggeringly inept team in total freefall. An easy win would be par for the course, absolutely nothing to crow about. A draw would be a very poor result, yet another worrying indication of the stagnation that has set in since Yorkshire Jewell's complacency and identi-Jewell policy became worryingly apparent... and a defeat.... well I am sure many of your somewhat strange readers who claim to be Town supporters will be enthusiastically immersing themselves in a 'relegation battle'.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • At the risk of being described as a 'troll', I believe that it was a mistake by MM to say that a point would be pleasing. It would have been better IMHO for him to say nothing and to impress on his players that the 3 points available from this game were crucial. As it was some of the players did not go into the match with a 'winning determination' knowing the manager would be happy if they came away with a point. MM claimed it was an ugly, p*** poor match played on a poor pitch but we gained a point. Well it could also equally have been an ugly, p*** poor match played on a poor pitch where we could and should have gained 3 points for a win. That is, if MM had signed one or two constructive mid fielders who were able to provide our strikers with the ammunition to score.

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    Brian Betts

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

  • the way huddersfield are playing at the moment, if you only get one point it will probably your last one this season, tick tock tick tock.

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    clever canary

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • "“It’s important we don’t get beat that’s for sure,” = i'm going to bore you to tears again with a plan of kicking it as hard as we can up the pitch.

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    Ted Maul

    Friday, February 22, 2013

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