MANAGERS’ REACTION: Mick McCarthy remains upbeat as Poyet revels in clinical finishing

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
6:14 PM

IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy has urged supporters to look at the bigger picture after his side started 2013 with a 3-0 home defeat to Brighton.

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Having put in a monumental effort to secure victories at Charlton and Wolves over the festive period, the leggy-looking Blues were picked off on the counter-attack from the direct and clinical Seagulls.

Goals from Dean Hammond, Craig Mackail-Smith and Wayne Bridge secured Brighton their first win in six to elevate them to within a point of the top-six, while Town have slipped back to within five points of the Championship relegation zone.

McCarthy, however, is reflecting on what has overall been a very positive festive period.

“We’ve not played particularly well today, but we were playing a good team and we should give them credit,” said the Blues boss.

“I always see the big picture. I was brought in to keep the club in the league and get points and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve take seven points over the Christmas period.

“I really admire the players and the way they’ve gone about their business, I think they’ve been amazing. To have got us 30 points by January 1st is terrific.

“We’ve lost a game, but it doesn’t suddenly make us bad guys and bad players. I think they’ve been remarkable, it’s been a great turnaround and we’ve got ourselves in a good position.”

Asked if the fact that Brighton had played one fewer game in recent weeks had made a difference, McCarthy – who made just one enforced change to a starting line-up that had started the previous five matches in succession – said: “I think it probably did, but if you look at the bench there’s not that many players I can freshen it up with really.

“We were playing really well with an unchanged side so if I’d have changed and we’d have got beat people will say why are you changing it? If you keep it the same and get beat people wonder why you didn’t freshen it up. The problem is getting beat.”

He added: “We conceded from a corner which is really disappointing. I think they got a bit of a block on Guirane N’Daw and their player (Hammond) gets a free header. Good luck to them though, they’ve worked on something from a corner.

“I think when they scored it just took a little bit out of our legs. We just didn’t have the pass or the final cross.

“It just wasn’t our day. We tried to clear one at the end of the game and he made a right hash of it our player and it went for a throw to them. I just laughed because it summed up our day.”

Brighton boss Gus Poyet said: “It was a much-needed win. A few weeks ago we had 27 shots, 17 on target and we scored one. Today we hit the target three times and we scored three. That’s the difference in this division.

“We had watched Ipswich and saw that they were winning games without being exceptionally good because they were scoring at the right times.

“It had been the opposite for us, but today something happened – I don’t know if it was God, or luck, or the New Year – but everything went our way.

“Without being very good, we were very clinical. It was a good day.”

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18 comments

  • We need the same realism after this defeat as we do when we win. The players are the same ones that got us into this mess only the manager has changed. He has demonstrated his skill and expertise by adopting appropriate tactics and earning us points which were unthinkable just a few months ago. Whilst the shortcomings in our players are obvious for all to see and a ready made excuse on this occasion I believe the manager could have done better. In my opinion his team selection was wrong - Reo Coker playing alongside N'Daw in defensive midfield looked at times like a flat back six. Edwards and Martin did what they do but that did not include providing a service to our front two (were we playing a 4-2-2-2 or a 6-2-2?). This brings me to the managers second mistake - when the front two got no service he decided to take them off and bring on (a less able) front two who also got no service. At 0-3 down he rightly brought on Luke Hyam, albeit 70 minutes later than he should have but took off N'Daw rather than the inept (sidewards and backwards passing) Reo Coker. A draw would have been a good result but so would a tactically astute display and any sign that the manager has a plan. Unfortunately we didn't get those today.

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    peter sadler

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Very measured and accurate assessment whymarkmariner.

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    bristan

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Seven points out of twelve over the festive period is not a bad return, considering what might have been achieved under previous management. I agree with the comments about the below par performance against Brighton. We do not seem to have the know how to change systems to accommodate the way the opposition play (also a problem against Bristol City). Like many of my fellow supporters, I am concerned about the lack of leadership on the field. Whilst highly paid players should not need motivating, some encouragement from the skipper might help. We also need more drive in midfield, preferably in a forward direction for a change. Who will we have left at the end of all these loan deals? Let's hope we don't have any injuries to key players.

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    bigdave

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • hi mike wyatt,i to was at that game think the beat also got a cracker,whymark also scored 4 in 2 other games 1 in europe,brazil scoring 5 in a match.TWTD.COYB.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Surprise surprise things in the table change after every game. NEWS FLASH if ever there was one.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • This game just showed up the big difference between the top half of the championship and the bottom half where town remain languished. Brighton are only a very ordinary team who were only in the 3rd tier of football just a short while ago but they were far far superior than town in every department. Another home thrashing with the team containing more loaned players than their own does not bode well for maccarthy and towns fans. Will the team contain 11 loaned players one day I ask myself with the transfer window opening shortly and maccarthy totally reliant on loanees!!! Sad days indeed and more gloom and doom to come as town struggle to hold their own in a very weak league.

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Very measured and accurate assessment whymarkmariner.

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    bristan

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Good, balanced comment, WM! Thinking of your moneker reminded me of our game v WBA, in the 70s, 7-0 to the Town. Whymark 4 goals and Mariner with a stunner! I guess you were there that day too.

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    Mike Wyatt

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Every time we lose badly, MM seems to have suitably apologetic and plausible reasons for the way we played. Can't see from where I sit, does he wear rose coloured glasses perchance?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Did you ask Mick the Man why he put out a team containing only FIVE Ipswich players, less than 24 hours after saying 'We'll never rely on loans again while I am here'?

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I think this defeat really exposes the lack of quality in numbers in the squad. With DJ Campbell and Higginbotham both leaving and several others nearing their loan deal end MM is in for a frantic January. I don't know if I'm the only person who notices this, but a soon as the word play-offs is used by fans or a player it is followed up by a defeat. also as soon as a good crowd turns up a poor display also follows. As I have said before, priority is retaining Championship status and any push for promotion will have to wait until a decent squad is assembled. This may take another couple of seasons. Not what most of us want, but more realistic than thinking we might push this season with a hotch potch of loanies and fringe players. MM, needs time and money and a good deal of luck. He has put us in a lot better position than many had hoped a few weeks ago.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Do you ever ask the question Rob Steroo why you continue to feel the need to write such negative comments? If you don't like the Town, then go elsewhere, and see if life is any better for yourself. Oh and take Ged with you!!!

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    Rob Bill

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Steroo-what he said was he didnt want to solely rely on loans and that he wanted adequate cover for those loanees. At present it's pretty obvious the cover he has is inadequate to cover all their positions at once.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • A town defeat, so the negative posters are out in force (never to be seen after a win). The likes of Steroo and Ged Scott, amongst others, are incapable of taking a reasoned overview. The fact is that even at this early stage, the team have produced some good performances and results, taking them away from the bottom space. That is something that any reasonable Ipswich fan would accept. It doesn't mean we win every week and beat every team in the division.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Funny how before this game 2 seperate articles in the EADT claimed we were 'closer to the playoffs than the bottom 3' !!!!!!!!! So how come after one game we are now twice as far away from the playoffs as we are the relegation zone ????( 10 & 5 points respectively) Just think what this position would have been had the team in 6th - Watford not lost at home to a poor Charlton side. There is something fundamentally wrong with the maths of the EADT & subsequent gullibility of certain fans. Perhaps the problem with Rob & Ged is not that they're 'negative' - but rather the fact that they are amongst the few on this site who can actually count up to 10 ????????????????? EDITOR’S NOTE: Prior to Brighton v Watford (Saturday’s late kick-off), Ipswich were closer to the top-six than the bottom-three from a points perspective. That changed after Watford’s win. Regards

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Football management is so easy--thanks for taking some time from your dayjob to point out the obvious flaws Peter, Why we bother with high paid Managers........

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    Nanaimo jack

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • What an abject display, only one player looked as though he wanted to win and showed any determination and skill, and that was Jason, MM's totally underappreciated sub.. And as for Rio Cocoa, he might as well have been in Rio drinking cocoa for all the use he was to the team on the field.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • do not be to down hearted.a few weeks ago we were praying just to stay up. we all know the loan players is a gamble.so next season we must sign players. the good thing is some teams under us lost as well.

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    mike benham

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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