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MANAGER’S REACTION: Mick McCarthy apologises for performance, but delighted with goalless draw at Huddersfield

PUBLISHED: 18:10 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:10 23 February 2013

Huddersfield v Ipswich: BLUES boss Mick McCarthy admits this afternoon’s goalless draw at Huddersfield was a dreadful spectacle – but he’s delighted with the point.

With his side producing just one shot on target against their fellow Championship strugglers – a team who had conceded 10 goals in their previous two matches – McCarthy said: “It was two bang ordinary teams playing on a lousy pitch. It’s a difficult surface, they have rugby on it, and it doesn’t help anyone play.

“We’re both nervous, looking at the wrong end of the table, and that doesn’t promote or produce wonderfully free-flowing football with all those circumstances.

“I’ll take the point all day long. I’ve never had a bad point away from home.”

He continued: “We didn’t play particularly well, but went to Bristol City and had loads of shots on target and got beat 2-1.

“We try to play well, but some days it doesn’t happen. Today we got a point and I’ll take it all day long.

“It’s their home game and this result keeps them down there.

“Bristol City and Barnsley did it to us (got draws at Portman Road) and we all talked about how it was two points dropped. Perhaps we should be saying how it’s two points dropped for Huddersfield today?

“We should all be saying how delighted we are with a point today. Let’s put perspective on it here.

“If you’d have offered me a point before the game I wouldn’t have even got on the bus. I’d have stayed down in Ipswich and not bothered travelling four-and-a-half hours and nearly having a bleeding heart attack in the last minute.

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

“It was pretty poor, but it’s a point. And if we stay up with one point we’ll be looking back on this as a great result.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy confirmed that 21-year-old Manchester United defender Reece Brown has joined the club on loan until the end of the season.

– See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match comment, analysis and more reaction.

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Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

It is a discussion which keeps rumbling on – should players celebrate when they score against former teams?

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 0

Leyton Orient 2

Ipswich Town Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end against a dominant Leyton Orient side as two first half goals ensured that the visitors would be leaving with all three points, writes Ethan Turner.

Defender Adam Webster makes his return from an ankle injury tonight for the Ipswich Town under 23s.

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