Ipswich v Middlesbrough: THAT was for you Mick!

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Ipswich Town assistant manager Terry Connor hailed his side’s efforts following their 4-0 win home win over promotion-chasing Middlesbrough this afternoon, with manager Mick McCarthy – still struggling with the virus which has laid him low all week – having watched the game via a video link at home.

With Tommy Smith twice heading home from corners and strike duo David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean both on the scoresheet, Connor said: “Mick’s absolutely delighted. I spoke to him before and after the game and he’s delighted with the result and the manner of the performance.

“He’s been really struggling for two or three days. He really wanted to make it in today, but every time he gets up I think he’s feeling very weak and tired.

“I think that’s it’s his first game in 22/23 years as a manager that he’s actually had to miss.

“It was good that we got the result for him and hopefully it’s made him feel a whole lot better.”

He continued: “Mick picked the team, all I did was make the substitutions.

“We’ve been in constant touch all week and he knows me well enough that I will carry his instructions out to the letter.

“He just wished me all the best and said ‘you know what you’re doing, just get on with it’.

“He’ll hopefully be back to work on Monday.”

Reflecting on the a key moment in the game, when Boro striker Lukas Jutkiewicz headed just wide seconds after the restart with Town 1-0 in front, Connor said: “It’s always those times in the game where you look back and think ‘if that had gone it, it could have been a different result’.

“We got caught at Bristol City soon after half-time (last weekend), went on to lose the game 2-1 and everyone forgets the manner of the performance.

“Today we got away with it, he headed it six inches past the post and within two or three minutes we’d scored a second goal.

“That gave us the belief and confidence to go on and win the game 4-0.

“It was a good result and a good performance, but that was undoubtedly a turning point.”

With Smith taking his goal tally for the season to four, Connor said: “It’s a bit of payback for all the times that Tommy has been in the box and the flight of the ball has just beaten him. You have to keep persevering and this week is his week. They were two superb headers.

“Strikers scoring, a clean sheet, a good performance – we’ve had a good day.”

Meanwhile, Connor confirmed that winger Lee Martin had missed the match with a hamstring injury. He said: “He finished training yesterday and just complained of tightness in the hamstring. We thought it would be okay, but he came in this afternoon and he said it still didn’t feel right. The physio said we’d have been taking a real risk if we’d have played him.”

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray, who saw his side slip to a fourth successive loss, said: “We’ve had some decent performances in this poor run, but today was a poor performance.

“We had an excuse against Derby County when we had a few players out injured, but we didn’t today. There is no excuse.

“We came here in a really positive frame of mind aiming to get three points and hoping to push on and really threaten the top two again. Today wasn’t good enough.

“Let’s give Ipswich some credit though. They are a very honest team who are difficult to play against. Their 4-4-2 system is hard to beat and they work very hard.

“Our play is based around fluency and getting between the lines, but they didn’t allow us to do that today.

“Ipswich, out of possession, are a decent football side. If they scored four every week they wouldn’t be where they are in the league.

“They’ve obviously struggled for goals and they probably wish they could play against us every week.”

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

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28 comments

  • Come on Rob, put your toys away, get in those jim jams now and off to bed. Night night, bless.

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    floridaboy1

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Strange how steroo and scotts comments begin with almost identical phraseing and sentence structure.

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Rob Steroo using copy and paste again No Loans, Offshore, etc etc....

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    Galloping Foxley

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Best match for.... 5 or more years.... we had a midfield, a defence, an attack..... we looked class ..... great performance.... stunning goals .... each one ... thank you so much!!!!!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • When I need your help on anything Buddy Boy I'll know it's time to switch the light off.

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    floridaboy1

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Ha ha all this euphoria just because the town beat the worst team on current form in the league. Town are still only 4 points off a relegation place and as the team was made up basically of loaned players, I do not expect any of them will be here next season in the 3rd division probably. lol

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    ged scott

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Fabuloso: and yup, get well soon, Mick ( if it's the virus my mate had, it's a real Steroo).

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Steroo I can help you with that one. Delaney has not been replaced by a loanee. Both Smith and Chambers are our players and both are a lot better as is back up Kisnorbo (although a loanee). Rhodes left a long time ago so it's better not to keep harping on about him. Move on I say as it's obviously something we all need to get over. Perhaps we should still be worrying about selling Mariner and Muhren. Nobody is saying ITFC are world beaters so constantly dismissing fans as deluded etc just shows you up to be a bitter and twisted individual.

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    bristan

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Hope Mick M gets well soon. I at least think he's done a great job for us. 31 points from 18 games (1.72 pointsgame) is play off form - sustained for a whole season we'd get 79 points. Incidentally I've been a Town fan for 50 odd years so I've seen both ends of the managerial spectrum at Portman Road - from Ramsey & Robson at one extreme to the likes of John Duncan at the other. Mick is a good manager and will prove to be as good for us as Joe Royle & Bill McGarry.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Super performance- Good displays all over the pitch. stearman looked a class act- The fromt two look to be forming a good partnership and N'Daw is quality in mdifield, thank god Jewell didnt send him back to France

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    Philip Wright

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Wow - finally agreeing with something Steroo says. Smith should have played at least 50 more games. Makes a change him making a valid point.

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    dbr

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • The pleasing part for me was McGoldrick scoring. Let's hope that's the start of many more to come as we're not out of the woods yet. By the way, why all the Euphoria of Scotland scoring on 2 sub appearances? Nobody wished him any ill so why the snide remarks about getting rid of him. He looked to be on the "Porky" side to me and isn't the way forward for us. Saturday must also have been one of the few times I wanted Norwich to win as well. Man I’ll wet myself laughing if QPR go down.

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    floridaboy1

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Usual verbal diarrhoea from Steroo. Great performance from everyone. Very noticable how Edwards felt free to go forward with confidence with Stearman behind him. Cresswell's corners were first class.

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    Rex Ide

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • get well soon mick!

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    david peters

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • and Tommy Smith has played 86 times for Ipswich, scoring 9 goals. Pretty good for a 22 year old centre back.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • wasnt the best game of football played but a wins a win. PLEASE TROLLS GET BUT UNDER YOU BRIDGE! COYB

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    Peter Bland

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • We have comments from 1. Ged Scott. 2 Rob Steroo. On EDP sports page there is a comment from Ged Steroo - signed off as Ged.Admin. Now, that does make you wonder ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Absurdley over played over used comment same drivel as last week pointless nonsenseical giberish. Quiet ged, no you be quiet rob, no you be quiet other rob. Must type more unoriginal unincitefull delibrately provocotive posts.

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    rob steroo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Rod,smile,,It was a good performance so we must be happy and look forward.We are all aware there is a long way to go,but after this result spirits must be high. !

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    brisie58

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • wasnt the best game of football played but a wins a win. PLEASE TROLLS GET BUT UNDER YOU BRIDGE! COYB

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    Peter Bland

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Mr Steroo seems pretty annoyed. Good

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    OldBoy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • floridaboy I can help you with that one... Scotland was an Ipswich player who was not given a chance to play under No Loans despite signing to play for the club. In two games as sub he has scored as many goals for Barnsley as No Loans' THREE loaned in strikers have managed between them to date (remember one is already back in Peterborough). Some might also point out that Rhodes scored for the SIXTH successive match and Delaney continues to impress for Palace just to toss in two more examples of a crass waste of talent in exchange for transitory loaned in mercenaries.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • bristan I can help your selective memory too.... Delaney was dropped to make room for geriatric loanees this season and last season. You simply choose to forget they have moved on. Smith should have had 50 more games - but he too has had his development hampered by being dropped in favour of geriatric loanees. Why forget giving Rhodes away and buying Priskin whilst loaning in Sunderland rejects? Those are exactly the same mistakes Mick the Man is making now - although admittedly Scotland is no Rhodes - just a far more effective striker than the trio of duds he has loaned in whilst not giving Scotland a chance.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • How comical to see the over-reaction and hyperbole for an Offshore Investment team actually playing like a team - albeit against possibly the poorest team in the division on current form & with six players who won't be here next season as the manager wastes another opportunity to consolidate in this meaningless, embarrassing season of 16 loans (and counting). Perhaps some will even put two and two together, realise that things improved markedly without the manager and demand his sacking. The (frankly rather worrying) thing is that results come in clusters - be they good, bad or indifferent ... and as Town are now due a few better results after a string of poor ones... some of your more impressionable readers might be advised to get their blood pressure checked... just in case Town play like a football team in the next match too.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Please could someone let MrMs Steroo know that repeating something ad nauseam, for there is no variation whatever in hisher posts, reveals a sadly limited intellect, coupled with extreme lack of imagination. And please could MrMs Steroo let US know how performing a task for money (in this case, playing football), something with which heshe might be unfamiliar, is called working. Mercenaries tend to be former soldiers who hire themselves out to whomoever needs a cohort of willing psycopaths, and what they do may be neither nice nor pretty, but still constitutes work.

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    Ken Hairy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • I'm surprised that people are getting euphoric as a result of this one result. Middlesborough haven't won in the League this year and last week only defeated lowly Aldershot Town at home in the cup by a goal in the 6th minute of injury time. The fact is we remain just 4 points off the relegation zone and face a trip to Blackburn next week, where I note Rhodes scored twice more today. With Jason Scotland going great guns for near rivals Barnsley, we could well be even closer to the danger area in a week's time. There is one point I agree with and that is Mowbray's assertion that if we scored four goals every week, we wouldn't be where we are in the league today! Good point, Tony!!

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    Rod Cross

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Steroo I am not forgetting I just think you are overegging the Delaney point. It was not recent history where he was in and out of the team and when he was here he was certainly very inconsistent and nowhere near as good as Chambers. My point is that it was Keane who did the Rhodes Priskin deals so why is that relevant now. It's history and I don't think MM has any option at the moment to do the loans thing. McGoldrick is only on loan until the deal is done in the summer and surely you don't think that Scotland was the answer to anything other than 20 mins here and there. At least we can agree that the loans we have now are a damn sight better than ones we had under Jewell and hopefully some of them will be signed come the summer.

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    bristan

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • I think you need to get over it Steroo; For one thing, Murphy has played for almost exclusively for the last two and half seasons, and done a good job of it. McGoldrick is essentially our player already as he has a pre contract agreement to sign on July 1st for 2 years. N'Daw is likely to sign in the close season. So apart from Stearman and McClean the starting line up was probably not all that far from what it could be at the start of next season. Not so long ago you were directing your fire at Scotland for signing up for another year, so you of all people ought to be thrilled he was released. As for all this "off shore FC" nonsense, if you have hard evidence to back up your constant stream of paranoid fantasy, then use it. Things might not be ideal as regards the club finances but there are club s in this division and lower in far worse predicaments than Town. (Cue being called deluded, naive, ignorant, or all manner of incorrect things simply for having the cheek to put you in your place!)

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, February 4, 2013

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