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MANAGER REACTION: Mick McCarthy delighted with DJ Campbell’s “silky and sexy” winner

PUBLISHED: 18:19 10 November 2012

Ipswich v Burnley: Mick McCarthy was left a satisfied manager after Town secured their first home league win in seven-and-a-half months.

Daryl Murphy opened the scoring in the second half after coming together with Burnley keeper Lee Grant – in a moment that had McCarthy and his opposite number, Sean Dyche, disagreeing about the validity of the goal.

Sam Vokes equalised for the Clarets, his header seemingly taking a deflection off Danny Higginbotham, but a lightning break involving Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Carlos Edwards ended with a smart finish by DJ Campbell in the 87th minute.

Summing up, McCarthy said: “It wasn’t pretty or silky or sexy. But it was dogged and determined and all those horrible words that people don’t like – but what are vital to winning games.

“The goal was silky and sexy, that was a good finish. What’s nice is having conceded a goal, we didn’t look like conceding another one, whereas the other night (against Crystal Palace) we were a bit flaky.

“The guys have gone on and made the chance and it was a great break and great finish.”

Murphy’s goal, a flick header backwards after a challenge which floored Grant, saw Burnley players surround the officials and Dyche disappointed afterwards.

But McCarthy said: “I can understand why Burnley were moaning about it. I haven’t seen it again, but I just thought he stood his ground. If he stands still and doesn’t back in, I think it is a goal.

“I thought the one in the first half when he (Grant) dropped it and the referee gave it (was nothing). I was whinging like a drain because I thought he had given a free-kick necessary.”

McCarthy was asked about whether Town could have made the game safe before Campbell’s dramatic winner after the final ball of Edwards and Nigel Reo-Coker just failed to create golden chances.

The manager said: “What he (Edwards) did was right, he just didn’t do it properly. I also thought Nigel Reo-Coker didn’t execute the final pass properly when we had a good break after. “I’ll have a look at it on Monday, maybe he could have had a shot. But if you have got DJ Campbell in your eye-sight, I’d roll it to him myself as I fancy him to score.”

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