MICK McCarthy hopes that Ipswich Town fans weren’t disappointed by his side’s goalless draw at Huddersfield on Saturday.

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The Blues didn’t have a meaningful shot all game against a team who had shipped 10 goals in their previous two games.

However, McCarthy was delighted that his side were able to deny a fellow relegation-threatened side all three points, admitting that he ‘wouldn’t have bothered getting on the bus’ had he been offered the draw prior to the match.

Asked what he thought the travelling army of almost 1,000 supporters would make of such a statement, the agitated Blues boss said: “I’d like to think they’re thinking Mick’s played 4-4-2 away from home and we’ve come and tried to be an attacking force.

“I’d like to think they appreciate the fact that we didn’t come here to try and shut up shop, but it just didn’t happen for us today and they are going four-and-a-half hours back in the car knowing their side are a point nearer safety.

“We’ve taken two points off our rivals – brilliant. It’s better that than them coming home thinking we’ve played well but been beaten 2-1 (like at Bristol City).

“I haven’t tried to play negative, I haven’t set out to play badly.

“I apologise for the standard of **** game that they’ve just all watched, but I’m not going to apologise for getting a point away from home – no way!

“It was important we didn’t lose two on the bounce.

“If we stay up with one point we’ll be looking back on this as a great result. I’m a pragmatist, I’m a realist – let’s just stay in the league.”

Ipswich – who won just one of their nine matches against the five teams below them in the table – are four points clear of the Championship drop zone with 12 games to play.

The majority of sides around them have at least one game in hand though, with just 11 points separating the bottom 11.

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  • I'm starting to think this is a case of being careful what you wish for. When PJ was here we were in free-fall shipping goals left, right and centre and we needed a strong man to steady the ship. Now if you has asked me at any point prior to PJ's sacking I would have said McCarthy would have been a terrible next appointment, as his teams have always been very dour & uninteresting but as we left the sacking of the last manager far too late, I came around to the idea that MM would be the ideal man to sort out the shambolic mess we were left with and tighten up our defence. In hindsight I am now worried that we possibly will survive (just) but will have to watch this dour negative football next season and perhaps playing exciting attacking football in a lower division would have been slightly more appealing with season ticket renewal time fast approaching. With the exception of the Middlesbrough match I have sat there at Portman road wondering whether Roy Keane had actually ever been sacked or whether he was secretly McCarthy's secret pal and was plotting his revenge on us with his negative brand of boring football with big armed workman like players. When MM was first appointed, I was half expecting this type of football but to be fair to him, we actually played some decent stuff and scored a good number of goals to get out of the bottom three. However after getting to a fairly safe area and looking like we were going to kick on and up the table we have gone for a more rigid and negative structure and lost our only goal threat in DJ Campbell and hence the goals have dried up. Most worryingly In 2013 and post DJ Campbell we sit in the bottom 6 of the form table and have only won 2 games (both against teams with poorer form than us). In fact only one team below us in the league currently also sit below us in the 2013 form table which indicates that we might well struggle to stay out of the bottom 3 unless we pick up again. I don't mean this as a dig at MM as he did amazingly well to turn around the team he inherited & capitulated on so many occasions this season but without DJ Campbell we look a poor shadow of the team in MM's honeymoon period. My worries are that the strikers we have replaced him with are nowhere near as good as DJ and past history indicates that MM will not be backed with sufficient money to bring in the players we need to take us back to where we we were when Marcus Evans first arrived and be able to sit at the top end of mid-table with pipe dreams of sneaking into the play-offs. My dilemma is do I spend nigh on £1000 on season tickets to watch Roy Keane reincarnated football in the hope that this is just a needs must backs to the wall brand of football to get us out of trouble and next season we will be more attacking with some flair and a new striker bought by a rejuvenated & inspired Marcus Evans or is this a sign of what's to come in the season ahead - whichever division we are in.

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    russell mariner

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Rob Steroo - Once again your post is full of the usual boring clap trap. Born out of someone who has obviously got a grudge against ITFC and is incapable of giving an unbiased opinion. On top of this, your feeble attempts to make yourself sound interesting, by the way you write is becoming embarrassing for you. Your only saving grace, is that you are able to hide behind the name of Rob Steroo and no one knows who you really are.

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    NB

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Rob,I assume the clown you refer to is YOU.!!!!

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Given the most critical and negative posters on here don't go to home games, let alone away games, I am going ignore the majority of comments below.

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    Tom

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Steroo, "no problems just opportunities" is glib and meaningless management speak. The companies I advise all have problems, that's why pay their professional advisors to try to solve them. Sometimes those problems are also opportunities, but quite often not, or the problem far outweighs the opportunity. When a company is sued, and it faces a significant liability, where is the opportunity there? As far as Ipswich go, it is self-evident that a few wins would be a good thing but you totally miss the point. How does the club progress to a point where it is able to deliver that type of success? What would YOU do if you were owner. How would you do things differently. ALL you do on here is to take pleasure in pointing out the obvious, and to say what not to do. Anyone can do that, it's not difficult. Really, it isn't. The challenge is to offer an alternative. Or, in your parlance, what is the "opportunity" here. Steroo, you spend a lot of time on here, being very negative, but your analysis is not insightful, just boringly predictable.

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    Tom

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Mark,yes I do agree,but at the moment I will take anything as long as we avoid relegation,then we can judge MM next season on the performance and players he signs.I just get fed up with people knocking the club considering MM has done a great job in getting us to this position with what was left by PJ.

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Apologise,I should think so.Was pleasantly surprised when he first took over but his dour personality is now being reflected in team performances. Now talks all the time about relegation,winning ugly etc and seems quite happy with a point against a very poor team. Town have won only 1 of 9 matches against the teams below us,and on Saturday didnt have one meaningful effort on goal,didn't come close to 74th minute. Only decent performance this year when there was passing and movement was when TC had been taking weeks training .McCarthy please note

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    Seasider

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Mick had a fine record at Sunderland. 31 defeats in 37 Premiership games. And a planned relegation for cash.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • MM has admitted he went there for a point and the fact that he's happy with such an inept performance is worrying. It shows a total lack of ambition and doesnt bode well for the future. It's not as if we got a point from a good team as Huddersfield are on a terrible run. This should have been one of the games we went all out for a win but if this was the case this team is even worse than I thought !

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    gaz man gaz

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Yeah we get it Bertie. You don't like him. Unfortunately people like you never offer viable alternatives. Enjoy wallowing in the doom mad gloom

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    Onefineday

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • I have supported the club (physically, emotionally and financially) for over 50 years – home and as often as possible (though this is much less now) away from home. I consider myself qualified by this and my loyalty to the club to make comments here – however unpalatable they may be to anyone who cares to read them. Recent matches have generally been a mix of the following: frustrating, poor, awful, dreadful, terrible, useless, abysmal, shameful, embarrassing, and more and more with few shots on target. We need a captain who can ‘play make’ and lead on the pitch. What on earth is happening at our club? Okay Mick a question given the comments attributed to you: Are you seeing your pension out or are you seeking an ambitious swan song? Also, why two MD's when one MD was one too much? Is this really an efficiency drive or is it just more ‘spin’? And please, please could we get rid of all the wasteful loan contracts as soon as possible and bring back some pride and passion with players who identify with our club?!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • NB, Steroo likes the attention so just ignore him. I am only interested in posters who have the intelligence and insight to actually offer solutions and constructive suggestions as to the current plight. Anyone can see the problems with the club over the last few years, that is easy, but it is much harder to put forward any positive solutions. Steroo has never done this - he just takes delight in pointing out the obvious - and being negative and deconstructive. Wouldn't get someone anywhere in the real business world which is about problem-solving, so these bitter posters end up on here.

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    Tom

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Getting bored of these keyboard bashing trolls! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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    Gavin Turner

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Mick and Bob Murray, the Sunderland chairman, had a public falling out when Mick, who had not been offered a million quid, was quoted as saying the club had planned for possible relegation. Murray was furious at suggestions that they were not totally committed to keeping the club up.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Hmmm - apparently you can fool some of the people all of the time - though some offshore suit has obviously had a word with Yorkshire Jewell to tell him to lie as well as talk rubbish.... mind you given his abrupt u-turn on loans his lies are somewhat transparent anyway. I wonder if Yorkshire Jewell and his team of other team's rejects and 3 or 4 contracted rejects plus two or three players who will actually be here next season got a 0-0 draw with my local pub team (without troubling the pub goalie who let in 11 in his last two outings) if some of the clowns on here would be crowing about a 'point won'. I guess so brisie & other deluded 'true supporters'?

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • David,your not the only one,I agree also.Very good point from a hard away fixture.well said.

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Get off MM case Bertie Shrimp. This is the same guy who got both Wolves and Sunderland promoted and Ireland to the latter stages of the World Cup. He will ensure we survive this year. Then we can rebuild. I prefer his pragmatic approach to your rantings

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    Onefineday

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Town fans have been disappointed by your comments and tactics ever since you unfortunately signed the dotted line put in front of you by the ace of clowns - evans!!! lol

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    ged scott

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Tom, you are not by any chance advising Marcus Evans ?

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • brisie, dp, of course 1 point is good in this situation. The frustration with everybody is that whilst it was 1 point needed, against a team in freefall (at least from the perspective of every other team in the Championship) then it should really have been a very good three points, with enough goals to start to correct our GD. I suggest it was actually a very good point for Huddersfield, and actually just a barely acceptable point for Ipswich. I know everybody will keep on about the fact that when MM took over we were bottom, but surely we have been out of the relegation zone long enough that we should be a little safer by now?

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    Mark

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Tom if you lived in the real world, let alone worked, let alone knew an iota about business you would know there are no such things as problems in business, merely opportunities. Your child-like belief that solutions can be offered here is comical and easily solved. Winning a few games would solve absolutely everything in the eyes of 'the true fan'... after all a couple of wins and deluded 'supporters' think promotion is probable... a couple of defeats and relegation becomes inevitable.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Well said Tom. Anyone who thinks their are no problems in business is living in a fantasy world. That would explain his inane comments on here

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    Onefineday

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • in the current situation we find ourselves in am i the only one to think a point away from home plus a clean sheet is a good result,avoiding relegation after the jewel debacle will be a minor miracle,COYB.

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    david peters

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Stop digging, Mick! Just apologise politely to the travelling fans. You said you would happily take a point before the game and not even bother getting on the bus. You would be pleased to stay home with your feet up by the fire whilst a thousand simple souls travelled at great expense to the harsh northern wastes in anticipation of ..well, something. At Sunderland, you were ambitionless and greedy enough to declare publicly you would accept relegation from the Premiership and the money that went with it. We all know what you are made of.

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Bertie,are you by any chance a Sunderland supporter.!!

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Well Done Mick. A professional performance. Ive lost count of the numbers of teams that have come to PR and deployed a similar strategy. We have effectively taken 2 points off a relegation rivals. We just need to get some home wins to back up the away points. COYB's

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • Getting bored of these keyboard bashing trolls! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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    Gavin Turner

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Ever since he's been here MM has cautioned supporters to expect less and less, and to be happy if we end the season one point above the relegation zone. Who's losing his bottle? Our players can do better than that, where's that man management gone?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • A point away from home and a clean sheet is good. Huddersfield have only lost 1 in 7 at home so lets get realistic they needed the points more than us so it is two points gained on a relegation rival MM has tightened up the town just need that midfield spark to see us through the next few months.

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    finchk702

    Monday, February 25, 2013

  • No we ain't MM is doing a top job rescuing us from Jewells folly. It suits some people on here to criticise.

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    Onefineday

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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