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MANAGER’S REACTION: Upset over penalty decision, but McCarthy concedes that Watford were simply the better side

PUBLISHED: 22:51 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:17 19 February 2013

Mick McCarthy leaves the pitch after watching his Town side lose 2-0 to Watford

Mick McCarthy leaves the pitch after watching his Town side lose 2-0 to Watford


Ipswich v Watford: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy admits his side were outplayed in tonight’s 2-0 home defeat to Watford – but he has told his players not beat themselves up over the performance.

The high-flying Hornets played some sumptuous one-touch football, with Ikechi Anya and Nathaniel Chalobah finishing excellent team moves in each half.

It means that Gianfranco Zola’s side – who have now scored 38 goals on their travels this season – remain hot on the heels of the top two in the Championship, while the Blues are back to within three points of the drop zone.

“We were beaten by a very, very good side – as good as I’ve seen this season in the league,” said McCarthy.

“We probably did alright to keep it to the two. We had to work for everything. Sometimes you just have to hold your hand up and say you were beaten by the better team.

“We should have had a penalty (when Lee Martin was tripped in the box at 1-0). When you’re having a tough night you need those decisions and I can’t understand what he (the referee) saw, because he had a good view of it.

“If you’d have seen their bench gasp as he stuck his foot out and then let out a sigh of relief when it wasn’t given... It should have been given – but it wasn’t.

“I just thought they were good. It wasn’t about how we played – they’re just a good team.

“I’m not happy that we’ve been beaten – I’m chewing about it – but sometimes you do have to hold your hands up and say you’ve been beaten by a better side.

“We could have played better and done better, but is that because they handled us well? Probably, yes.”

With Town travelling to Huddersfield on Saturday, a side who were thrashed 6-1 by Nottingham Forest last night, McCarthy added: “The lads have been great. They’ve taken 31 points since November the first and I’ve just said to them don’t beat yourselves up about this one. We need another three or four wins and I think we’ve got the quality and the team spirit to get those.”

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

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Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

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Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

Saturday was a much-needed day for Town fans, writes Karl Fuller.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Blues boss Roy Keane could be in direct competition for the Republic of Ireland job if Martin O’Neill is lured to Stoke City, according to the Irish Sun.

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