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MANAGERS’ REACTION: Mick McCarthy hails his side’s win against Millwall as Kenny Jackett bemoans offside decision

18:14 08 December 2012

Ipswich v Millwall: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy hailed his side’s work-rate after their impressive 3-0 home win over Millwall this afternoon.


After home keeper Stephen Henderson made three good saves in the opening half an hour, the Blues became the first side to score against Millwall in five games when DJ Campbell finished off a sweeping move.

Campbell turned provider for Daryl Murphy five minutes after the restart, with the on-loan QPR striker then making it eight goals in 12 appearances from the penalty spot soon after the hour.

It sealed a third successive victory for Town, with 16 points having been secured from McCarthy’s opening eight games in charge. For Millwall, it was their first defeat in 14 matches.

“I thought we deserved it in the end, to be honest,” said McCarthy. “I thought it was a good game. Hendo kept us in it a couple of times early on, but overall I’m really pleased.

“It wasn’t easy, not at all. The lads are knackered, let me tell you – they’ve put a shift in. We stopped a good side playing. Teams can only play how much you allow them to play.”

With Murphy playing superbly following his return to the starting line-up, McCarthy said: “He was outstanding. It’s about creating a bit of insecurity sometimes. Chambo (Luke Chambers) got left out and he’s been excellent since coming back in, Murph got left out and has come on and made a difference (against Nottingham Forest and Bolton) and then put in a really good performance today.

“The biggest response for me was Andy Drury. I took him off last week (at Bolton) because he had a poor game, no other reason and I said that to him in the dressing room, but he was absolutely outstanding today.

“That’s the beauty of having a squad who are all motivated and wanting to play.”

Meanwhile, the Blues boss says he has tried to contact QPR manager Harry Redknapp about the prospect of signing DJ Campbell when his loan spell expires in the New Year.

“I’ve left him a message, but I think Harry has got plenty on,” said McCarthy. “We can’t do anything about it – it will run its course.

“I would think there will probably be other clubs interested because he’s scoring goals. He wants to sign for a club permanently and there will be various circumstances that will determine what will happen.

“Let’s wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Millwall boss Kenny Jackett said: “We should have been a goal ahead. The (Chris) Wood goal from (Shane) Lowry’s pass in the first half (fourth minute) was clearly onside – I’ve seen it again.

“Their keeper has made three very good saves and we’ve gone in at half-time 1-0 down when we could have been one or two up. That happens though.

“The start of the second-half was a poor one from us. We concede two poor goals and that takes the game away from us.

“I felt that Murphy and Campbell were a handful for us. They’ve got the three goals between them and have made key contributions. Murphy in particular ran the channels.

“The result is 3-0, but there are fine margins. We’ve had the detail at the back and a forward who has caused sides problems recently, but Ipswich found an intensity today in front of 17,000 people.”

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



  • Peter S, I agree with everything you've said, it was a joy to watch. Regarding MM, it's a pity that others can't show a bit more humility...I think we all know who HE is....COYB!!

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    Captain Slog

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Wow, what a great result today.Hopefully all Town fans are happy with the great job Mick McCarthy has done since joining us.Onward & upward!

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Where are Scott and Steroo?

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    Ken Hairy

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • KJ looking for excuses all over the place! The fact that there were 17000 in the crowd didn't give us the win, it was the team's enthusiasm and skill and MM's knowledge and man management,

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    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • What no Steroo dripping all over the place? Superb performance, well done MICK THE MAN.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • This game was awesome, enjoyed it thoroughly and much more than most premiership games you see, what a difference to a few months ago, outstanding. We simply must try and hold on to DJ.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Apart from sorting out a shambles into what resembles a football team MM also tells fans what his thoughts are i.e. D J Campbell situation. There was nothing worse in my opinion, with PJ in control than the fans being completely in the dark. Rumour upon rumour ruined the rapport between the fans and the team. What a turn around. Players that had no direction or desire have suddenly shown good form. The bickering between loanees and owned players seems to have stopped. The fans are singing and coming away from PR with a smile on their faces. One thing all of us must remember is that it is hard to put this run together and just as easy to lose 3 or 4 games on the bounce. So they must stay focused and take one game at a time. No talk of play-offs, more a reasonable mid table finish. If we do better than that then it;s a huge bonus, considering a few weeks ago virtually ever writer on this forum was talking about Division 1. Well done MM, keep them focused.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Time to get your coat Mr Jackett, those grapes are tasting a bit sour. Fine performance from the boys in blue, onwards and upwards......

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    Paul Markham

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Wow! I really enjoyed it - probably more than any other game in the last five years. Mick has brought structure and discipline to our rag-tag group of players, but more than that - passion and commitment too. We showed great resilience in the first half where you could clearly see the difference in league position, but in the second half you would never have known. Mick McCarthy controlled this this performance tactically, strategically and operationally. He deserves all the plaudits he gets. In my opinion he is outstanding and I apologise for ever doubting him. COYB!

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • They are getting ready to spout the same drivel as they always do.

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    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • Steroo has commented on the Darryl Murphy report. Seems very excited by our win, as usual!!

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    55 years a blue

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

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