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Mick McCarthy reflects on how quickly things can change following 1-0 home win over Watford

18:35 08 November 2014

Ipswich Town players celebrate following Tommy Smith

Ipswich Town players celebrate following Tommy Smith's 83rd minute winner. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown.

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Ipswich v Watford: Mick McCarthy reflected on just how quickly things can change following his side’s 1-0 home win over fellow Championship high-fliers Watford this afternoon.

A fortnight ago, the Blues boss reacted angrily to a shout of ‘your rubbish’ from behind his dug-out following the 2-2 home draw with Huddersfield – the fourth successive match in which Town had failed to win after being in front.

Since then there has been three wins in the space of eight days – 2-0 at Blackpool, 2-1 at home to a previously in-form Wolves and this afternoon’s hard-fought 1-0 victory over Watford, courtesy of Tommy Smith’s 83rd minute goal.

Ipswich have now lost just once in their last 13 outings, are up to fourth in the Championship table and are just two points behind leaders Derby heading into an international break.

“We’ve had a good week haven’t we?” said McCarthy. “Two weeks ago I got booed off and I was seriously p***** off and angry about that. It just shows you how quickly things turn around.

“I know that. You just need results. I get the frustration and peoples’ annoyance when you’ve given a two-goal lead up, but that is the time when you need peoples’ support. That is the vital time I need people to support my players. That’s when I need a bit of support too.

“I always say, as a club you’re all in it together. You’re on the inside p****** out, not on the outside p****** in. You stick with us and in doing that you’ve got a chance of being successful.

“I’m not having a go at anybody. I’m just saying that is how you create that environment that is hard to beat. The crowd was great today. It was a real great atmosphere, twenty-two thousand, and the last two games have been fab.”

Reflecting on the game, he said: “I think they are a very good team. I think we’ve had to play exceptionally well and defend really well. I don’t know how it was nil-nil until it was. Both goalies and both defences played well, got blocks in and stopped shots and worked really hard.

“That was a really good Championship game between two good teams that have got a chance of being up there. It was a case of whoever blinks first – and they did.

“We get the goal from a well-worked free-kick. I’m always on about trying to invent something, don’t just put it in, well Hunty (Stephen Hunt) and Didz (David McGoldrick) work something and it ends up in the net.

“They’ve had chances and we’ve had chances. How it’s ended up 1-0 I don’t know. Not that there was much profligate finishing. It was just good defending and good goalkeeping.

“If it had ended up nil-nil I’d have took it. I’d have been quite happy with a point.”

He continued: “I don’t know what the gap is or where we are in the league, I’m not really interested in that. I’m just really pleased with the performance and the victory.

“What are we? Second? (Told it’s fourth). I was hoping we were second!

“What are we, two off the top? We’re probably 10 off the bottom three though aren’t we?! Not that I’m looking that way.”

The only disappointment for Town was that Jonny Williams, only just fit again, limped off following a badly-timed slide tackle by Joel Ekstrand.

“If I was playing against him I would probably kick him,” said McCarthy. “That was an awful tackle on him though, it really was. It was a real take-one-for-the-team, cold, cynical, dangerous tackle. There hadn’t been many of those, but that was one.

“I don’t know how bad it is yet. His thigh is heavily strapped and he has a big sad face on him.”

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

16 comments

  • And mick is right those who booed at 2-2 a few games ago should be ashamed...like I said at the time.

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Brilliant result and great to see 22000 fans and less empty seats in the ground. Turgid first half but we were pretty good second half. The negative plebs must be seething. Nevermind lads! Perhaps go and post on the norwich message board I imagine there is plenty of negativity on there to enjoy at moment?

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    Staidtastic

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • What a super result and a very good crowd. MM's not stupid enough to say we are odds on to get promotion or even a playoff place as we know what this League is like. Two wins are you're in the top six, two defeats and you're tenth. Yes we could have been top if we had have held on to leads instead of drawing. But think back to three seasons ago and we were going to be a 1st Division team. Hopefully after years in the wilderness this will be our year, but so many other teams have exactly the same ambition. We have a good defence, a good midfield and two of the top strikers in this Division, but as we saw last season you only need a couple of injuries and you struggle. If we are in the same sort of form and League position in January then I think ME should allow MM to get another striker in. Hunt has played well in the last two games but he not a Murphy or McGoldrick and Connor Salmon whilst being decent at holding up the ball isn't going to score many goals.

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    whymarkmariner

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • Does anyone remember that fellow who used to be on here, you know the one who never once in his life said anything positive or constructive, the financial wizard who was trying to teach M E how to run a business. We all miss him, what was his name again? , His name escapes me, was he a butcher? His first name rhymed with an animal. GOT IT, Squirrel Fishmonger, the worlds leading authority on football, wonder if he's seen the light.

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    tel

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • It has been a very long wait, but after nearly ten years it looks like we finally have a team & more importantly a manager that is going places. We were up against a very good team today, pushed all the way, but we didn't buckle and faulter like previous false dawns. Last time I felt like this was during the Wigan victory in 2004. Although we didn't gain promotion after that important victory, we had a good team, built mainly on the last remnants of Burley's dynasty. Today we once again have a very good team with an amazing manager who has worked an absolute miracle turning Jewell's no hopers into a true promotion candidates. Let's hope Mr Evans backs his man in January & we can keep this form into the spring. Thank you Mick McCarthy Ps. The boos were for the ref at Blackburn not you.

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    russell mariner

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • I'm glad we lost to Norwich think it was the kick we needed. because both teams played bad that day. hopefully the break will let some players get fit and everyone comes back ready for as the winter festive run is hard like bunghole budgie fan up there said it a long season and we as a team look together and a unit which is showing what wolves rejects and mercs can do with the right team behind them and a team with cash still cant buy them out of the championship with a rookie manager

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    Peter Bland

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • I'm glad we lost to Norwich think it was the kick we needed. because both teams played bad that day. hopefully the break will let some players get fit and everyone comes back ready for as the winter festive run is hard like bumhole budgie fan up there said it a long season and we as a team look together and a unit which is showing what wolves rejects and mercs can do with the right team behind them and a team with cash still cant buy them out of the championship with a rookie manager

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    Peter Bland

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • We don't Mr Smyth, we don't, for we are wise and resigned. Though, judging from the vitriol on the EDP website it looks as though your mob do. Even Narch doesn't deserve supporters of such flakey fickleness.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • As i said last week... its a long season... don't count your chickens just yet 1p5wich fans

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    john smyth

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • hear hear Tom.

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    david peters

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • what a great feeling town 4th city 10th well done everyone,COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Another good result today. Big difference this season is our good results against the top teams. Only 3 defeats all season. Only once were we second best - would have to be against the Budgies. Remarkable season, with so many teams in contention for promotion. Sooner or later though, someone, hopefully us, is going to pull away at the top. COYB. Ps - odd how Nowich's form has collapsed, I thought they were shoe ins for automatic promotion. Wonder whether there is trouble at mill!

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Do I believe the league table as I sit here on a Saturday evening, with my glass of red wine, having had a good meal and waiting for MOTD2? Fourth. Only a few points off top place. It's November. Not August. 22,000 at today's match. Is there a filter of sunlight through those ten year old clouds? Slowly, so slowly, we are re engaging with Town I remember when I was proud and sang my heart out to Burley's Boys. The Town where we had hope and pride. Just slowly, though. Let's not get carried away. A long way to go but we're moving forwards. McCarthy? Well, Magilton, Keane and Jewell never got near Fourth so the man has to be given credit. Particularly (and here lies the real irony) that of all the managers we have had since Marcus Evans bought the club, MM has had the least money to spend. So he has had to build a team through hard work. And at least the trolls have disappeared from this site. Could we be on the verge of a special season?

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    Tom

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • They're running out of patience Ken. Cyril's done a runner, he would have been all over this otherwise. Not for the first time I might add.

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    redhotitfc

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • What's happened to the trolls? COYB!

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Brilliant but agonising game to watch but all well after those interminable 6 minutes. Our defence made some super saves and blocks, our midfield was really lively and all in all we deserved to win and we finished the better side. Well done MM and the lads. ( And since Watford played some nasty football at times, especially on JW, they deserved to take no points home with them.)

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    JOHN BURLS

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

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