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Luck evens itself out, says Mick McCarthy

06:00 08 April 2013

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

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LADY luck is smiling on Ipswich Town at just the right moment – and manager Mick McCarthy believes it’s about time his side had some breaks.

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Not so long ago, it seemed as though every run of the ball and contentious refereeing decision was going against the Blues.

Town completed a classic smash-and-grab in their 1-0 win at Derby on Saturday though when Carlos Edwards netted a fantastic winner deep into stoppage-time, while fortune also favoured the Suffolk side at times in their 3-0 home win over Leeds and goalless draw at Millwall too.

“We got lucky,” admitted McCarthy, Scott Loach having saved a Jamie Ward penalty, with the Rams also hitting the post, seeing one goal contentiously ruled out and a strong penalty appeal turned down.

“I think it does even itself out over the season though. It’s easy to sit here and say that when we’ve won, but I have said that when we’ve lost as well. It’s not like I’m sat here being smart now.

“I did say when it we lost at Bristol City (2-1) and played ever so well that we didn’t get any luck, I said the same after Nottingham Forest (Town having two sent-off in a 1-0 loss). That had to change at some point.”

With a host of draws for the sides in the bottom half over the weekend, spirited Town – having now kept five successive clean sheets – have climbed to 14th in the Championship table. Six points clear of the drop zone, they are now just two points behind ninth-place Middlesbrough.

One more victory from the remaining five matches should ensure safety, with promotion-chasing Hull City and Crystal Palace coming to Portman Road on Saturday and next Tuesday respectively.

– See today’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match comment and analysis from writers Stuart Watson and Chris Brammer.

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5 comments

  • Strange how gravy train riding managers blame the referee when things go wrong - but blithely assume it is 'luck' when things go right. Perhaps you EADT journos should point out that playing a competent goalie who actually cares brings attendant benefits - as does having the occasional shot which glory be, sometimes ends up in te back of the net.... something of a collector's item in Yorkshire Jewell's sterile away days.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • 90% cut and paste, say something new Steroo. Mind you it was nice hearing your lot being booed at Carrow Road this weekend. Even more amusing to hear the commentator describe "transfer request" Holt as the fans favourite!!

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    Fat_Boy_Tim

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • Simple question. EDITOR - I have seen you note and responsd to comments before so lets see if you respond to this? Why is such hate filled drivel allowed on this site. I mean you have monitors. Many of my comments dont get through. So how do Steroos? An explantion please? Unless you and he are one and the same. Which is the consclusion most ppl will draw when you dont repsond to this. EDITOR’S NOTE: No web comments are written by Archant employees

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    TrueBlue

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • I don't see MM blaming referees; in fact he was pretty sympathetic to Derby's bad luck on Saturday. In fact, his remarks were gracious. In fact, what I like about MM is that he tells it like it is, including admitting that the club has been lucky, but that luck has a way of smoothing out over a season, as it seems to. RS seems regard any manager as being on a gravy train; no matter who is appointed, or successful, they cannot please this manic depressive idiot who wastes the EADT's bandwidth. If football management was quite the easy, straighforward job that Steroo seems to imply, why haven't you got your coaching badges? Real Madrid will be looking soon, by the way. So get your application and CV ready.

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    Blue From Pimlico

    Monday, April 8, 2013

  • 2 points Steroo. I do not recall MM blaming referees just saying this or that has gone against us. Also to say Henderson cared less than Loach is ridiculous. Goalkeepers especially care about their performances unlike Holt who only seems to care about fouling opponents and diving (and of course eating Kebabs)

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    bristan

    Monday, April 8, 2013

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