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MANAGER’S REACTION & GALLERY: Ipswich Town boss says 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town was a ‘top class response’

PUBLISHED: 23:45 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 23:45 08 April 2014

Luke Chambers with his customary winning celebration after the final whistle at Huddersfield

Luke Chambers with his customary winning celebration after the final whistle at Huddersfield

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Huddersfield v Ipswich: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy hailed his players’ never-say-die spirit after their 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town kept the play-off dream very much alive.

First-half goals from Paul Anderson and Daryl Murphy set the impressive Blues on the way to a comfortable victory against the struggling Terriers.

It means that Town have followed up their five defeats with victories, last night’s success putting them back to within two points of sixth-place Reading heading into the final five matches of the Championship campaign.

“I think it shows what a good team spirit and work ethic we’ve got,” said McCarthy. “We get beaten away at Blackburn (2-0 last Saturday), have to travel back (from Lancashire) and then travel back up again (to Yorkshire).

“If you’ve not got something about you then there’s a very grave danger of you getting a slapping when you come here. It was a really top class response from the lads.”

With Town flying out the blocks and taking a sixth-minute lead through Anderson’s stunning left-foot strike, McCarthy said: “I think everybody tries to get on the front foot; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I was a little bit surprised by their shape, playing 3-5-2 to start with because we’d planned for 4-1-4-1. We can go to 4-3-3 fairly quickly off our 4-4-1-1 though and I think that caused them problems.”

He continued: “I’d left Ando (Anderson) out in the previous game and he responded in the right way. We’ve been nipping his ears to be more positive. He does a really good job Ando, but he’s got more in him.

“Chambo (Luke Chambers) is just laughing in there saying he could play to 38 if Ando plays in front of him because he works so hard and blocks balls going down the line. I’d sooner Chambo only plays to 36 though and Ando gets a few more goals by being positive.”

On the top-six dream still being alive, the Blues boss said: “I did say on Monday that if we come here and win and Bournemouth beat Reading (which they did, 3-1 victors) then everything changes again.

“I still think it’s effectively a three point gap because of goal difference, but we’re still there. It’s great, it’s lovely.”

Elsewhere, Brighton won 4-1 at table-toppers Leicester to also keep pace with Ipswich and Bournemouth. Nottingham Forest drew 3-3 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Meanwhile, McCarthy said left-back Aaron Cresswell was withdrawn with a tight groin in the second half. He said: “He had a tight groin. He’ll get assessed tomorrow and we’ll see, but I’m not worried because I’ve got Ty (Tyrone Mings) to play.”

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is hoping that all the trash talk makes for a rip-roaring East Anglian derby at Portman Road on Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful that Joe Garner and Tom Adeyemi will both be fit to face Norwich City in the East Anglian derby at Portman Road on Sunday lunchtime (12pm k0).

Ipswich Town host rivals Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the season this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) and you can watch back what Blues boss Mick McCarthy had to say in his pre-match press conference earlier today.

East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town and Norwich City faced each other in a two-legged Championship play-off semi-final back in May 2015 – it may only be little more than two years ago, but can you name the 30 players who featured for both sides in those matches?

Ipswich Town star David McGoldrick says he and his team-mates ‘owe the fans a victory’ over fierce rivals Norwich City, on Sunday.

There’s nothing to beat derby day as Ipswich and Norwich go head-to-head on Sunday. Mike Bacon previews the game.

Ivo Pinto wants Norwich City to do their talking on the pitch against bitter rivals Ipswich Town in Sunday’s Championship derby.

Daniel Farke delivered a double injury boost ahead of Norwich’s City Championship derby at Ipswich.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

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