REACTION: McCarthy refuses to blame David McGoldrick after Ipswich Town’s fine-margins 1-0 defeat at Reading

Reading 1 Ipswich Town 0 - David McGoldrick is left grounded as Jake Taylor runs off to celebrate his winner. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD Reading 1 Ipswich Town 0 - David McGoldrick is left grounded as Jake Taylor runs off to celebrate his winner. PHOTO: PAGEPIX LTD

Saturday, August 16, 2014
6:17 PM

Reading v Ipswich: Blues boss Mick McCarthy was quick to forgive David McGoldrick after the striker’s mistake proved costly in a fine-margin 1-0 defeat at Reading.

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McGoldrick – making his first competitive start since requiring knee surgery back in mid-February – was slow to get out of the area after a corner was cleared, he then misjudged the return ball as Jake Taylor nipped in to net what proved to be the game’s decisive goal in the 26th minute.

In a game of few chances, Reading created little, while Town’s only real threat came from set-pieces. McGoldrick saw an inventive effort cleared off the line in the 10th minute, while Tyrone Mings’ powerful header was diverted onto the bar by goalline defender Shaun Cummings in stoppage-time.

“Our performance was good, especially the second half,” said McCarthy. “I don’t think we did enough first half, but I think we did enough to get something out of the game overall. We didn’t score though and they had a Johnny of the spot though and we didn’t – it’s as simple as that.

“We got ourselves in some good positions but weren’t able to work the goalkeeper, which was disappointing.”

On McGoldrick’s awkward attempt at a header back to keeper Dean Gerken prior to the Reading’s winner, McCarthy said: “We should come out in a line, we didn’t and Didz was the one seeing the overload at the far side and he just got done with a run.

“He didn’t get done by the run actually, because he got the ball. I think he’s tried to head it back to Gerks. If he’s a defender he probably just puts his foot through it and makes sure it goes out for a corner kick. I’ll forgive Didzy that though because he’s terrific. I’m not blaming him.

“Overall he’s worked very hard, as he always does. He’s had some good bits, but I think he might have got away from one or two of those defenders when he’s in his pomp and not just coming back. He’s been out for four or five months though.

“He did well, but maybe he’s just lacking that sharpness. We knew that though and he’s getting there.”

On Cummings’ last-gasp clearance off the line, the Blues boss said: “It was fabulous defending. There was nothing Tyrone more could have done, their defender has moved from the near post to the far post and stopped it going in. Otherwise we’d have got a point. It’s fine margins.”

Reading boss Nigel Adkins – who was without eight injured or unfit first team players and saw key centre-back Sean Morrison sold to Cardiff two days before the match – said: “We’ve had a really good pre-season, we got a well-deserved point – it should have been three at Wigan – then we get through the Capital One Cup in midweek and pick up three points today with a clean sheet.

“Jake Taylor has been with us since eight years of age. In fact, when you look at the 18-man squad today, 12 of them have come through our academy. We had six subs who have never featured in pro football before.

“That was a physical, physical game today. Look at the size of Ipswich, they’re massive. We knew before the game that they would be a big threat from set-plays. They keep launching the ball long and we had to keep trying to compete for the first and second ball.

“They threw the kitchen sink at us towards the end and the lads have had to stand up. It was a little bit different to last weekend at Wigan where we totally dominated possession and played some good football (drawing 2-2). We had to show the other element today and that bodes well.”

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17 comments

  • As for aiming for a top 6 finish. There is not one player in the squad that would live in the Premier. Apart from Cresswell it's been some years since a Premier league club has been after a Town player ... It says it all when Rotherham, Carlisle, Millwall and Crawley take the out of favour players, but I suspect one lad in particular will benefit from playing in an attack and entertaining team.

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    stuart barclay

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Cheers Brian. It's mind numbing watching a game which is pass, pass, pass. When was the last time anyone saw an Ipswich player running at defenders with imagination and flair ? It's a great idea getting rid of strikers who only get into the game on set pieces with very little open play service. What will the new guys do when they don't get a touch of the ball, but are still expected to get goals.?

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    stuart barclay

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • stuart barclay, couldn't agree more with your sentiments but s MM stated last week he doesn't care what people think, he will carry on his one and only play style. Same old story, a group of players unable to score.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • The thing is Daniel there are a couple of ITFC fans post similar post on the Evening news site every time Norwich loose. I agree its stupid.

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    Tone the moan

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Did "the men in yellow" cheat to get a player sent off as is their policy?

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    Pete James

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • This paper just gets worse everyday with IDIOTS from Norfolk posting on this paper,then what do you expect from a Norfolk based paper.

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    Daniel James

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Didz dude!! omg!! And leave Eliot on Mick coachman!! Drosso game tbh and IpsTo lame sauce. Myy friend Laff says no never again. Brain beatbox don't luv sport!! Good crak in Ox tho. Juice town!! Spliff time in Lam an Flag. UCS today. Give me a ride! Pleez!!

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    Roger RamsBottom

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • Come on MM,the fans need a team we feel can win every game,it is time we were back at the top.Sort them out.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • I go to as many as I can; I dont live in Ipswich anymore but two so far this season; and will be at the tractor derby. its interesting the plebs who talk all the negative made up rubbish deffo don't go to games preferring to simply sit in their bedsits pressing F5.

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    Staidtastic

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • on target right now cheval so suck it. 12 shots off target andrew. so you're saying we shouldn't shoot? stuart with goal line clearances and hitting the wood work that's more unlucky than same old story. yet lose to a league 1 promoted team john. did anyone here including the biased reporter actually go to the game today or just me? The scoreline was an injustice and just like MM says a good performance, we just needed a little luck. are there any real itfc fans on here or just armchair fans? lets be havin ya!

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • meanwhile the men in yellow win 3-0 comfortably

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    john smyth

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • redhot ........ No goals !! ....... same old story

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Actually 13 of our shots were off target and we shaded possession by the tiniest of margins in what was a typical ugly game that we are involved in every match these days and Reading were missing several first team players. They knew what to expect from us and I imagine they will be happy with their makeshift eleven overcoming one of the most physical examinations they will face this season.

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    andrew hunt

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • redhotlooney.... your first sensible comment... you don't know what is. I concur. How are you doing in the EADT prediction league by the way?

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    L E Cheval

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • 15 shots stuart to their 6 and more possession. if thats not attacking i don't know what is.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Of course Julie won't blame McGoldricky - he's one of his favourites. However, now might be good time to review the rather predictable first three games - and have a snigger at the EADT's ludicrous 'momentum' own goal. Town were always likely to bet Fulham's youth team, just as they were always likely to lose to Reading's second string. However the cynical decision to throw the League Cup game and destroy any momentum and feelgood factor within three days of the season starting is not just awful and unforgivable - it is plain daft. And of course momentum comes in many forms, be it turgid mid-table form, or slowly subsiding. Even this paper's resident loonies must be facing up to reality - this is a poor Town team heading for mid-table. McGoldricky has never played well two seasons running in his entire career - and is probably already engineering a move away as he runs his contract down.... and Julie will be eyeing up the Fulham job when it becomes available next month..

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    L E Cheval

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Same old defensive rubbish. These guys have no idea how to entertain which is what fans pay to go and watch. Mick. Fans want to see flair and goals. Playing 90 minutes with no goals is a disgrace. Last season proves my point. The philosophy seems to be about not losing games or conceding a goal. Mick was a great defender, but the only way to win games is to score goals and provide excitement to the Ipswich fans. Today was awful. Players sticking to an insipid game plan. Players heaping praise on Mick an TC. What does anybody expect them to do ? No player criticises the management team until they have left. Mick .... the fans want to be entertained.Losing 4, 3 is much better than today's result.

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    stuart barclay

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

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