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Mick McCarthy delighted by clean sheet after 2-0 win at Blackpool

17:53 01 November 2014

Luke Chambers points to Teddy Bishop after the youngster's thrilling run to the Blackpool by-line had set up Daryl Murphy's goal at Blackpool. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Luke Chambers points to Teddy Bishop after the youngster's thrilling run to the Blackpool by-line had set up Daryl Murphy's goal at Blackpool. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

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Blackpool v Ipswich: Mick McCarthy was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways on his second anniversary as Ipswich Town manager, David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy both on target in a 2-0 victory at rock-bottom Blackpool.

It was Town’s first win in six, the result lifting the Suffolk side up to eighth in the Championship table. Blackpool, who had new boss Lee Clark in charge for the first time, remain rooted to the foot of the table with just six points from a possible 45.

“It was a solid performance,” said McCarthy. “We had to withstand a bit of an onslaught at times and I was delighted with that because we all know about some of the goals we’ve given away lately, so it was great for all of us – especially the lads playing – that they kept a clean sheet.

“I pointed out to the squad before hand, in our team meeting that we always have, that Blackpool have good players. They have two strikers in (Nile) Ranger and (Ishmael) Miller who are a proper handful, (Nathan) Delfouneso... There are lots of them who have been places. (Joan) Oriol’s a good little footballer. They are no mugs.

“There are a lot of players there who have been drawn together at the start of this season and that doesn’t make it easy, but they have some individual talents there and I think that showed at times today.”

Asked if his side had been in a bit of a no-win position, going to a team that they were expected to beat, the Blues boss replied: “B******s, there’s no such thing. We’ve just won and got three points. I kind of know what you mean, but who thinks Ipswich are that good that we can just breeze up here and beat Blackpool? Not a chance. We’ve had to really put a shift in there. That has been a hard game.”

Teenage midfielder Teddy Bishop produced both assists. His first may have been a mis-hit shot, but the second was a mesmerising run which saw him glide past three defenders on the by-line before picking out Murphy for his eighth goal of the season.

“The Bish is great,” enthused McCarthy. “He’s a smashing fella, a really exciting young talent.

“We started off 4-3-3 and I changed it to 4-4-2. Strangely enough I don’t think he put a cross in from wide right, it’s when he went back into midfield and drifted over there that he did that. When he gets going he’s certainly difficult to stop.

“It was nice that happened in front of our fans. They’ll have got a good view of it.”

Town now host third-placed Wolves on Tuesday night followed by new table-toppers Watford next Saturday. Keeper Dean Gerken (who was replaced by Bartosz Bialkowski after limping off in the warm-up), Bishop, Cole Skuse (who both came off with groin strains), Jonny Williams (who failed a fitness test on his ankle) and Jonathan Parr (who failed a fitness test on his groin) will all be assessed on Monday.

“We’ve got two really tough home games coming up now and have a few walking wounded,” admitted McCarthy. “Bish has come off with a groin strain, Skuse has come off with a groin strain. Heaven knows what they have been doing? Throwing their leg over?! Gerks has come off with a groin strain too. We’ll have to see how they all are.

“It’s probably the work load. We used the fewest players in the division over October. We demand a lot out of them, they give us a lot and it takes its toll. I’m hoping they’ll be okay.

“Jonny Williams didn’t really feel it today, he said. Jonny Parr... I don’t know. That’s not really been my focus. I’ll see them tomorrow and find out more.”

Is McCarthy considering recalling Elliott Hewitt from Colchester United? “Possibly, but I haven’t given that too much thought. I spoke to Tony Humes in the week and told him if I need him I’ll call him back, if I don’t then I won’t. We’ll see.”

Blackpool boss Clark said: “I knew how big the challenge was when I took it on and that’s reiterated it. The big task in the short-term is rebuilding the players’ belief and confidence. We seemed to be alright but when went 1-0 down you just sensed a little bit of self belief disappear.

“They are such an honest group of boys. I don’t think anyone can point the finger at their attitude and application. And I do think there are some good players here that, for whatever reason, aren’t showing their true potential.

“I wouldn’t have taken this job on if I didn’t think we could do it (stay up). I’ll encourage the players to attack and be positive.”

23 comments

  • David, I do not ask anyone to accept what after all is only my opinion and can turnout right or wrong, but who am I to argue with such an experienced town supporter, weIll get some in I can almost treble that.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • I'm new on here Cyril, so I didn't know your personal situation. Sorry to hear about it. But even if you could go, you wouldn't? Your opinions are therefore irrelevant and nobody cares what you think. I've had a season ticket for 25 years and will make up my own mind, I don't need to be preached to by the likes of you. COYB!

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    David I

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • OK David 1, just one more, I have said on this site many times why I am unable to go and watch itfc, which is that my wife is disabled and I am unhappy to leave her for around 3 hours. I cannot however say if this was not the situation that I would watch as I like to see football and not hoofball, also I do not want to put money into the pocket of the only person (other than the staff) that is earning money out of the club.My critics like to make a lot of the fact that I do not attend, well I simply say to them if all the supporters of MAN U went to their matches they would never get into the ground.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Let's face it Cyril thinks the FFP is a conspiracy made up by Evans to give a reason not to invest. Or so it seems but with low gates numbers which is pointed out by him and with the £80M+ we owe which limits how much he can invest. This is where I differ from him I still think Evans should of invested 100% into the youth team set up as part 1 is only getting promoted part 2 is staying there is and he's the only one that benefits and only way he will sell or get his money bk he has put in £20m or so that is still to anyone a lot of money to anyone even a billionaire.

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    Peter Bland

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Oh go on Cyril, just one more. You could answer my question?

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    David I

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Really good result and the team are still in the play off fight. That itself is a massive improvement from the relegation-facing side that MM took over from Jewell. It is even more remarkable given the FFP restrictions on the club and the low crowds. In this context, it is baffling why anyone is remotely interested in the hackneyed, rambling, incoherent and not very intelligent views of Cyril and co. Let him continue his obsessive diatribe against Evans. It's not relevant anymore. The rest of us will focus on the future and supporting Town in their continued progress.

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    Tom

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Craig Warr, surprised you got past the moderator, so well done and well said!

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    Deep Throat

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Cyril you have never said a single positive word about the team or club so shut up you senile old git.

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    Craig Warr

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Fair enough Cyril,so my last word on the subject is this,you answer your own criticism yourself when saying look how much Norwich have spent in the last 3 seasons,all premiership money,not money from the board.Quite simply there is no money to spend at Ipswich as we try to adhere to the fair play rules,which makes MM's efforts all that much more better.ME has spent millions and got it horribly wrong,but that was when he was taking advice from others.He appears to have learned his lesson now,i hope that in the future,we get the chance to invest in new players over 3 seasons in the premiership,but i'm not unhappy with what i'm watching at the moment.Sometimes it's not bad fare-you should try it !

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    miketyreson

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Cyril: I imagine Norwich invested in players because they were in the Premier league and ergo a much larger budget. I don't actually know if they invested that much when they were last in the Championship, and i can't be bothered to go and check googlewickipedia etc..to find out, i could just make something up and state it as if it is fact i suppose, which seems to be your tactic most of the time.

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Promises promises.

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    tel

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Miketyreason, unlike tel you have at least responded to the question which he claims was not there. The point is yes Norwich did have all that income. but it as because they invested unlike ME. Just look at the amount Norwich City invested in new players during the last 3 seasons, then look at the non existing amount our board spend on the team, there is simply no comparison. This is my last entry on this subject, so lets just hope we both have something positive to say after tomorrown nights match.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Cyril,i see that you have moved over to this thread.It is currently thought that a season in the premiership is worth 90 million per annum to a club,Norwich in it for 3 seasons and then parachute money,how am i doing answering your question ? By the way Manchester City lost 99 million winning the prem last season,they obviously need the Norwich directors to show them the error of their ways !

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    miketyreson

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Simple question for you Cyril. Do you go to watch the Town?

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    David I

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Optimistic for a result tomorrow night, as Mick Mcarthy keeps saying no such thing as a bad away point; and Wolves are tough opposition this year. Looking forward to Watford on the weekend. Staidtastic will be in attendance. Unlike most of the Yo Yo Armchair plebs. STAIDTASTIC(tm) - "tell is how it is"

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Optimistic for a result tomorrow night, as Mick Mcarthy keeps saying no such thing as a bad away point; and Wolves are tough opposition this year. Looking forward to Watford on the weekend. Staidtastic will be in attendance. Unlike most of the Yo Yo Armchair plebs. STAIDTASTIC(tm) - "tell is how it is"

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    Staidtastic

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Cyril, I haven't avoided the question, there isn't a question there. We all know you are obsessed with ME and Norwich, but no one else is, nobody gives a monkeys about them. We come on here to discuss football not high finance, we don't move in your circles. That is why I asked you how we can spend money and clear debt at the same time. I can't say it surprised me that you side stepped it. If you could just clarify this "achieved so much comment", is it the two points more they have got, or the two places further up the league that makes them your heroes.

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    tel

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • tel, once again you avoid the question, which is your normal situation. How have the Norwich Board achieved so much whilst our board have stayed in limbo. Answer please or belt up.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • Cyril, I can give you an answer, stop worrying about the debt unless it is owed to you. I am pretty sure that ME is aware of it and has a plan. Secondly, stop arguing with yourself, what do you want? We can either clear the debt by not spending or increase it by investing, only a money wizard like you could sort that one out. Thirdly, guesswork is not fact, you state in one of the other columns that ME will sell players in January. Has he rung you?

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    tel

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • tel, hands up, got that one wrong, but it does not alter the question so perhaps you and Mike can come up with an answer.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, November 3, 2014

  • An excellent win which sets us up nicely for the next couple of challenging games against quality teams.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Well done Mr McCarthy. Three points from what could have been difficult with a new manager arriving. Ipswich were the better team, Blackpool showed individual flashes but our passing and movement won the day. Good pie and pint afterward with Blackpool fans - they are good sporting folks. COYB

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    Wolfnight

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Yippee, well done, lads. Though it has to be said you'd have looked pretty silly with anything less than a win. Blackpool couldn't beat themselves at the moment.

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    PC Plod

    Saturday, November 1, 2014

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