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MANAGER’S REACTION: Delighted Mick McCarthy warns his players not to get complacent following super victory over Nottingham Forest

22:57 27 November 2012

IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy admits tonight’s superb 3-1 home win over high-flying Nottingham Forest has provided everyone at the club with a timely boost.

However, the straight-talking Yorkshireman – who has taken seven points from his first three games in charge at Portman Road – has warned his players not to get complacent after rising out of the Championship relegation.

With Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy getting the goals, McCarthy said: “I enjoyed that – both the end result and the performance.

“Unless I wake up tomorrow and it’s May the fourth though I’m not bothered.

“We all get a kick from seeing it. It will feel good to see us out of the bottom three and no doubt it will give the players and the fans a lift.

“You don’t get fat and lazy and fall back in though. We’ve got tough games coming up so it’s important we maintain that level of performance now.

“We can’t pat each other on the back and stroke each others’ egos, let’s do that every week if we can.

“Why haven’t we been playing like that before? I haven’t got a clue. If I knew the answer to that I’d pack this in a write a book that would change the world of football. I’d be a millionaire.”

With fans chanting ‘he’s one of our own’ as local lad Hyam scored his first ever professional goal, McCarthy said: “It was an excellent all-round performance. I’m delighted with him, but he played alongside another fella in Guirane (N’Daw) who was immense.”

He continued: “We got lucky. The opener was a proper cock-up between the keeper (Lee Camp) and defender (Danny Collins) – it was Keystone Cops stuff.

“Whether it was a penalty (for goal two) I have no idea, whether he (DJ Campbell) was tripped or he slipped, but like everybody else we’ll take what we can get.

“We had some decisions go against us at Palace. You get some, you don’t get some. Hey ho, that’s how it is.”

Asked whether he felt visiting keeper Camp should have been sent-off early on, the Blues boss added: “I don’t know if he handled it (outside the box), but he didn’t send him off.

“Decisions can go for or against you, but the important thing was we played well.”


  • Now that WAS satisfying! We went back to basics with a good 4-4-2, made a few changes and generally improved our performance. Hyam and N'Daw were particularly strong down the spine of midfield. I felt we were a little lucky with our goals but I'll take luck. COYB!

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    peter sadler

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • One can but hope that Mick the Man listens to his own words and actually tries to build a side containing Ipswich players. In this ludicrous and utterly depressing season, relegation simply is not possible, such is the paucity of the opposition. 40 points will probably be ample to stay up - and Mick the Man should be building his team around Hyam from now on. Reversing a decade of decline ought to be possible with just a modicum of common sense.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • I like the common sense approach, yet MM, you ARE a millionaire?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • A win is a win! But Town were gifted 3 points (and 3 goals) by a Forest team that didn't turn up at all. O Driscoll was very honest and said Forest were lucky it was only 3-1! MM is not getting carried away for that very reason.

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    Zico Rice

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • First time I have watched Ipswich, and Championship football for some time. I have been a fan since 13 by the way, 23 now. I couldn't believe what I watching at times, especially in the first half. N'Daw, I have never seen a player quite like it. I dont think he can even run and I counted nine attemped first time hoof balls over the top with one not coming off. Maybe I have been watching Barcelona play too much, but even Forest were doing it as well. Not one player attempts to play it short or attempt a five yard pass, always hit down the channels. I was so impressed by Luke Hyam who looked composed and the ball and actually wanted to play football the proper way. Tommy Smith was a beast at the back as well and what an earth has happened to Carlos Edwards pace? It was a great result considering Forest have so many good, former PL players in the squad and am eternally grateful for their howlers.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • MM is right - N'Daw was 'immense' - but he does seem to have missed the point slightly. N'Daw has had plenty of chances to show he is immense - whereas successive managers have overlooked Hyam. The support from the crowd was not merely confined to him being a local boy - but rather the fact that he was given a chance to prove what most fans knew & managers did not seem to - ie that the boy should have been in the team all season - & not 6th in line to a gaggle of dubious loanees. For the first time in a long while we actually had more of our own players than loanees last night & I feel this was reflected in the performaance - with the added bonus that the crowd tends to get behind our own players more seeing their effort & committment. As the support from the crowd becomes more vocal the effort & committment increase further building to an all round team effort. Hopefully MM will now realise this & this will be the start of better things & that the success of Hyam & Smith will open ther door for Hewitt Loach Carson et al ????

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • At last ITFC has a football manager who understands his job. Onwards and Upwards. Just need a million or five in the next window and we will rise to the top 10.

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    Herbert Codling

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Unfortunately there will always be those that will moan even if the team won 10 nil. I try only to moan, as I did with frequency when PJ was manager. The current situation only goes to prove that PJ had the ammo but didn't know how to put it into the gun. Supporters cannot be happy with all these loan deals because some will go in January, some will go at the end of the season and the odd one may be signed. But it all makes for a terrible situation for the current Manager as we need to sign about a dozen players, which won't happen any time soon. So still a lot to do and a long way to go.

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