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Mick McCarthy remains positive as he admits he would take ‘win one, lose one’

22:53 23 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

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Ipswich v Leicester: Hold on tight – it could be a rollercoaster ride.

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That’s Mick McCarthy’s message to Ipswich Town supporters ahead of today’s game against fellow Championship strugglers Peterborough United at Portman Road.

The new Blues boss has already seen the best and worst of his side during his first four games in charge.

Victories over Birmingham (1-0) and Burnley (2-1) were full of organisation and spirit, while thrashings at in-form Crystal Palace (5-0) and Leicester (6-0) proved there is still a fragility about the team.

And McCarthy says he would reluctantly take similar inconsistencies – as well as a yo-yoing in and out of the bottom three – as long as the season ended with his side clear of the relegation zone.

“We are still in a bad state, but two wins from four is a good return,” said the pragmatic Blues boss. “That is my positive out of it.

“Winning 1-0 one week and losing 6-0 the next – I would take that. I don’t want the fans to see us lose by six again, and don’t think for one minute that I enjoyed or accepted that, but winning one and losing one from now until the end of the season – everyone would take that.”

There are still six games to go until the halfway point of the season, but it’s increasingly looking like a five-way fight for safety between Peterborough, Bristol City, Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

“Darren Ferguson (Peterborough manager) has described this game as ‘huge’ and I would have to agree with him,” said McCarthy. “Everybody wants me to dress this up as a ‘must-win’ game, but I won’t do that because if we don’t win it then what would I do? Pack up and go home?

“The only thing that is a ‘must’ is that we finish one point above three other teams to stay in this league. Getting out of the bottom three this weekend would be nice, but there’s no point being out of it for the next 15 games and then dropping back into it for the last 15.

“I tend to look at the long-term picture. I feel my team has got enough in them to pick up points here, there and everywhere. Then, when we get to January, I’ll make sure this is a better Ipswich Town team.

“We might win one, lose one and be in and out of the bottom three. The most important thing is we’re safe come May the fourth.”

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  • just give it your best shot lads COYB.

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    Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Martin Fulop is beaten by Lewis McGugan's wonder free-kick at Forest

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Lewis McGugan’s rocket free-kick against Ipswich Town in 2010 has been voted as Nottingham Forest’s greatest ever home goal.

Andre Dozzell  battles to get away from Richard Stearman during the Ipswich Town v Fulham (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 19 April 2016.      
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Teenager Andre Dozzell has celebrated his 17th birthday by signing a two-year professional deal at Ipswich Town.

Town manager Mick McCarthy applauds the supporters after the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
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Watching Ipswich Town finish their home campaign with a 3-2 win over MK Dons on Saturday was akin to the feeling a high handicap golfer gets playing a couple of decent shots down the 18th hole of a mixed round.

Brett Pitman is all smiles after scoring Towns second goal to take them 2-1 up in the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
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Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse says no-one should question the club’s ambition.

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Luke Varney heads home the winner in Towns 3-2 victory, in the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
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Match highlights from Ipswich Town’s final home game of the season, as they beat MK Dons 3-2.

Town players surround David McGoldrick after he had put Ipswich 1-0 up in the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy praised teenage full-backs Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock after their impressive displays in this afternoon’s 3-2 home win over MK Dons.

Luke Varney celebrates Town's winner with David McGoldrick in the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
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Luke Varney’s emphatic last-minute header saw Ipswich Town win their final home game of the season 3-2 against already-relegated MK Dons.

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Town manager Mick McCarthy applauds the fans as he comes on the pitch with assistant Terry Connor ahead of the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 05 March 2016.      
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Ipswich Town’s season started with promise but has ended with frustration. Mick McCarthy has addressed a range of topics ahead of this afternoon’s dead rubber of a final home match against MK Dons.

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