MANAGER’S REACTION: Mick McCarthy admits his Ipswich Town side were ‘second best’ in 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough

Saturday, March 8, 2014
6:16 PM

Middlesbrough v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy kept his analysis short following a lacklustre 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough, saying: ‘We were second best; got nowt, deserved nowt’.

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Middlesbrough ended a goal drought which had lasted more than 12 hours when Danny Graham pounced in the 29th minute after keeper Dean Gerken had parried a Mustapha Carayol shot back into danger.

The latter – back off the naughty step having previously been left out for what manager Aitor Karanka had described as ‘a bad attitude’ – gave Luke Chambers a torrid time with his direct runs.

Graham was then left unmarked to glance home a Grant Leadbitter corner in first half stoppage-time, the home side comfortably seeing out their victory as the Blues produced just one tame shot on target inside the 90 minutes.

Asked for his assesment, McCarthy – who kept his players in the dressing room for a long time after the match – replied: “Second best; got nowt, deserved nowt.

“As you can imagine it was pretty sombre and not very buoyant in the dressing room after that. It was disappointment as much as anything at the way we played.

“We didn’t compete, not like we normally do.”

Asked why he felt his side had produced such a flat performance, he said: “If I knew that I would put it immediately right, wouldn’t I? I could give you a whole host of reasons. We’ve had players away (on intrenational duty), we’ve had a bit of a broken week, we’ve travelled up. I never believe it’s because of travel, but the point I’m making is that I could sit here and give a whole host of reasons.

“I actually think they played well. Before the goal there wasn’t a lot in it, but when they got the goal I thought they played well.

“They got on top of us and didn’t let us play at all. They’ve got a fair few quid in that team, I’ve got to be honest.

“They’ve just signed (Lee) Tomlin, Danny Graham has been at Swansea and Hull in the Premier League, they’ve got (Mustapha) Carayol, (Albert) Adaomah on the bench, Leadbitter who we couldn’t afford to keep, (Nathaniel) Chalobah on loan from Chelsea.

“They’ve got a good side and to stop that we’ve got to play well. Do you know what, we didn’t. But I guess I should give them some credit because they did play well.”

Asked if he put the opening goal down to a goalkeeping error, the Blues boss said: “I haven’t seen it again, I’m not sure how difficult it was to stop. I’ll have to see it again.

“It’s not like us and like my teams to allow Carayol to wriggle out of that and then come on the inside and shoot. It’s unlike us, but I don’t want to detract away from them because I thought they played well.

“The second was awful marking and that’s not like us. It’s a bad day in the office; we didn’t get owt, we didn’t deserve owt. You can ask me to put meat on the bones of that but I think it sums it up.”

On his decision to take off Frank Nouble at half-time, replacing him with Luke Hyam, McCarthy said: “He’d put in as much effort as anybody. I could have taken any one of the three (strikers) off.

“I thought I’d go 4-4-2 and see if we could get something back. He was the unlucky one that had to come off. I thought I’d leave Tayls where he was and see if he could replicate some of last week’s performance. Murph looked like he’d been away and not really had a week’s training with us, so it could have been anybody.”

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction

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29 comments

  • Disappointing result alright, especially when Reading drew. Be better if Wigan and Brighton could get their games in hand out of the way because then we would know where we are. I think we should assume that each will win 1 game of those 2.games so we're looking at being 7 points behind. With regards the team i dont they're completely bereft of talent as some suggest, but as stated many times before we lack creativity and now Mcgoldricks injured we're short up front. Even with Rays favorite Taylor starting. We need Ebanks Blake to get fit asap he got 20 minutes so thats a start i guess. Its not season over just yet but whatever happens we're save from relegation which is an improvement on last season.

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • bluearmy I am not sure that Burnley or Derby since the wally without the brolly took over have had much investment.... just a more sensible way of approaching football matches. Julie showed last season that it is possible to play watchable football with rubbish players - so the 'pragmatic' approach is clearly not the only reason for the grinding tedium on offer. It is more to do with his flawed recruitment policy of destabilising a reasonable goalie and a very good central defensive partnership at the expense of investing more time and thought on what might be needed to win games - ie the occasional flash of brilliance or even a modicum of skill further up the pitch.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Report in Daily Mirror,MM has been ordered to cut Budget by £3, Million... by the Money Men at Ipswich? Did not know we had any?.

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    fgreenwood

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • I agree Mr Barclay that the quality is not there now and for supporters who pay their hard earned money (like me I may add) I can understand their frustrations. Do I believe ITFC can come good again? absolutely.... Will it happen any-day soon, probably not in my lifetime. But anything can happen in football - look at Man City, dead on their feet 15 years ago, we can all hope! Have a good Sunday

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Too little quality, too late to make the playoffs, too much wasted opportunity, too many unanswered questions, too many loan players again, too little passion shown on the pitch, too much paid for such little return, on the positive side nice kit this season - just one thing spoils it though - the sponsors name is failing to deliver the promise

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Given that town are closer on points to the bottom of the league than the top tells you just how poor this division is.....This team is bereft of talent and why anybody is surprised is beyond me given that the manager has been denied funds to add that missing quality....MM has clearly had to take a pragmatic approach and one that is based around survival and not style of football - ie no point playing pretty football and getting relegated !!! I suspect that that attitude is mirroring that of the owner who seems to have completely given up....You can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh7t and a failure to invest when a playoff berth was within grasp tells us everything we need to know about our owner...We've already been softened up this week and can expect a very quiet summer transfer window and whilst Robson built a team for peanuts the football landscape was very different and so comparisons simply cannot be made with how things are now....I'm afraid the "blame" for lack of success lies firmly with the owner and him alone - afterall he employs the manager, he supplies the funding or lack of it, he is responsible for the mess the club is in financially and he is the one constant thread throughout the last 7 years of failure....It's about time Evans did the honourable thing and by that I mean wipe out the interest he is changing the club on its debt and put the club up for sale - he seems not to be bothered about the club and if that is so he should walk away and sell it to somebody who will be....

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    bluearmy78

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Given that town are closer on points to the bottom of the league than the top tells you just how poor this division is.....This team is bereft of talent and why anybody is surprised is beyond me given that the manager has been denied funds to add that missing quality....MM has clearly had to take a pragmatic approach and one that is based around survival and not style of football - ie no point playing pretty football and getting relegated !!! I suspect that that attitude is mirroring that of the owner who seems to have completely given up....You can't make chicken salad out of chicken sh7t and a failure to invest when a playoff berth was within grasp tells us everything we need to know about our owner...We've already been softened up this week and can expect a very quiet summer transfer window and whilst Robson built a team for peanuts the football landscape was very different and so comparisons simply cannot be made with how things are now....I'm afraid the "blame" for lack of success lies firmly with the owner and him alone - afterall he employs the manager, he supplies the funding or lack of it, he is responsible for the mess the club is in financially and he is the one constant thread throughout the last 7 years of failure....It's about time Evans did the honourable thing and by that I mean wipe out the interest he is changing the club on its debt and put the club up for sale - he seems not to be bothered about the club and if that is so he should walk away and sell it to somebody who will be....

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    bluearmy78

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • The football club is like that great program a while back The Magic Roundabout, people living in a fantasy world going round and round without getting anywhere or knowing where they wanted to go. Marcus sell or close the club you are in debt so much you may not have more than a couple of seasons left without going up. Let the club start again it`s the only way forward of course thats without yourself.

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    a west

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • I agree Stuart on Robson teams. We had a great youth policy then, Ron. Gray Chief Scout. Players with real quality being brought through and deployed by a Manager who knew how to get the best out of them. Those days are a long time ago now. Life and the game has moved on. The two goals conceded today were poor. We must keep the faith. COYB

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • As on times posted before............ (True & Blue ) Well said. A lack of belief resulting in lack-luster results..Blown it this year. M.M. saying we were second best. I say to M.M. he allso need's to shape up if he still wants the backing of the supporters next season. And start by getting the team sorted out As it is his well paid job to do so Second best isn't good anough. Allso a good point why not bring on a striker when Nouble was replaced. And needing to get back in the game. And dont even think the play off's might be a shot at as that isn't going to happen any time soon. Just look at our past 13 results 3wins i believe not promotion stuff. So we dream for next year lets pray that the Owner wake's up FAST..

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Just stopped on the way back. Having been to all away games this year today was our worst performance. Pity because three points would have put us right back in. We all have off days, today ITFC had one. Wonder if they were already beaten before arrival because of the long trip. Shame. Never mind COYB, now onto Yeovil.

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Agree with BlueArmy and Finn.Blue - time for a real change at the top

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Can anybody imagine the scenario ? Fluke results that get The Town into the play offs. Players raising their game to win a transfer away. Wembley success. Town in the Premier League with a squad that no player was of any interest by any club in the January transfer window. It's lovely to read the plaudits from under talented players about their joy at being at Ipswich. nothing to do with being overpaid for limited talent !! There will be 2 winners if Town went up. Mick will get another notch on his CV and get a move to another club that doesn't involve too much travelling; such as his moaning about this week. The invisible Marcus Evans will have a commodity he can cash in. The fans will enjoy paying double at least to watch a lot of attacking football playing host to Chelsea, Manchester clubs, Liverpool etc. The hardest working guy at the Town is the PR guru. Smell the coffee !

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    stuart barclay

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • What is the point of having a great youth policy, when we get a couple of decent players we just sell them.

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    chris sheppard

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Conceded two bad goals, end of. The keepers fault the first one, and not the first time he has spilt the ball, and the second one, where was the defender on the far post at the corner.? Basic schoolboy errors and not good enough. No good Mick moaning about the players who Boro had just signed, if they were any good they wouldn't have been released by their parent clubs. The truth sadly is that our owner, M.E. doesn't want to put anymore money into our club and he would probably offload it if he could.

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    bismark

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Not good enough time to book our holidays and another season in the championship !!

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    Nick Ward

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • The season is over so MM should mow bring back the players out on loan and give them and other youngsters a chance, he won't do it because that way round he would be admitting he got it wrong. Bringing I some. Youngsters might just save the gates Fromm a further drop.

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Can some would be expert please explain to me the wisdom, when you are already two goals down, of taking off a Striker (albeit a useless one) and replacing him with a Defensive Midfielder? Sorry but it is entirely beyond my understanding.

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    BlueArgyll

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • wolfnight what exactly is this faith you are keeping? Even your memories are completely deluded. Was Osborne a quality player? Or Geoff Hammond? Or Robin Turner? No, Robson recognised the value of encouraging players with no obvious talent who could contribute to the team.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Mr Bidwolf, respect for your elders please. We all are entitled to our opinions. I have been following Town since Sir Alf. Youth policy stars: Brazil, Wark, Burley, Beattie, Talbot to name a few, do you remember the Gates goal away at Everton in 1981 - I was right behind it, even Everton fans clapped. I had the pleasure to see Crawford & Phillips, met Mr John on several occasions. I have never criticized ITFC and will not do so now; it has been a privilege watching them all. Yes times are not so good now but it's all perspective and context. Never stop believing sir. Have a good Sunday.

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • You were second-best, too, Mick darling!

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    Rita WAG

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • I have a feeling that even if MM had some decent players he would still adopt the same tactics. It's got him by in the past and he has total faith that it will in the future. Supporters have to like it or lump it, as excruciating as either option is.

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    peter sadler

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • wow a comment from a poster actually about football from Bismark. I agree Gerken has now made more glaring errors than Loach but keeps his place. To be fair he's a good keeper but MM dropped Loach for less.

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Wolfnight........ I agree that the Robson days are long past ........ but it wasn't so long away when Ipswich had the best youth team in the country; beating Southampton in the final ...... Where are those Ipswich players now ? Where are Southampton and some of their players ? Mick lives for today as did Keane. No interest in the club's future and bringing young players through ......... Interesting about Mick's sticking plaster views about the emergency loan system. God help Town if they did get into the play offs and go up. Can anyone name one player in current squad good enough for the Premiership. If it happened by fluke the fans can look forward to more of the same awful entertainment at twice the price.

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • What is the point of having a great youth policy, when we get a couple of decent players we just sell them.

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    chris sheppard

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Wolfnight I'm loving your dour Suffolk take on all this. Yes, we all have our off days and yes, Middlesborough is a long, long way from Ipswich and the journey could have put our boys off their game. Sady, Yeovil is a long way too. Lets hope they leave early and get a good night's rest before the match. You've clearly been blue and true for any years. I was at Portman Road in 1962 when Crawford scored the winner against Villa to give us the title. Those were the days, eh. Now we worry about a match against Yeovil. Old friend, let us raise a glass to past glories and dream that one day the will return. For now, I fear, mediocrity stretches into the Suffolk sunset.

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    Jerry Jones

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • i did tell u all the drought would end....

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    clever budgie

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Just another insipid display which I think Ipswich fans have got so used to. The goalkeeper for the first goal was wearing Teflon gloves. The second goal from the corner had 8 Ipswich statues. Bad enough; but how can you expect to win a game with no attacking flair. It seems the Manager is being praised for avoiding relegation by playing football that is awful to watch. Mick ..... fans want to be entertained. Ipswich fans are voting by their absence at home games. I have wasted so much time home and away in recent years watching a team that has no wish to thrill the crowd; win or lose.. I could go on as I was lucky enough to watch the Robson teams. Guess what... He worked on a small budget, but never made it an excuse. It was a sad day when Mick didn't get the Ireland job.

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Too little quality, too late to make the playoffs, too much wasted opportunity, too many unanswered questions, too many loan players again, too little passion shown on the pitch, too much paid for such little return, on the positive side nice kit this season - just one thing spoils it though - the sponsors name is failing to deliver the promise

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

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