Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

22:53 23 November 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Archant

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

shares

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.”

shares

1 comment

  • just give it your best shot lads COYB.

    Report this comment

    david peters

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

Freddie Sears celebrates his 83rd minute winner against Nottingham Forest. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Freddie Sears is licking his lips at the prospect of an East Anglian derby match-up in the Championship play-offs, insisting he was ‘made for’ the big stage.

Freddie Sears and Luke Varney celebrate Ipswich Town's win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

For the best part of an anxious half an hour it seemed as though Ipswich Town were going to do what they have done so often done in the past – force themselves to do things the hard way.

Fans at the Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest game.

The atmosphere at Portman Road was electric yesterday as fans packed the terraces to see the play-off bound Blues in action against Nottingham Forest.

Freddie Sears celebrates his winner. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ipswich v Forest: Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy knows just how important Freddie Sears’ late winner against Nottingham Forest this afternoon could prove to be.

Daryl Murphy celebrates after opening the scoring. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ipswich v Forest: Freddie Sears netted an 83rd minute winner as Ipswich Town secured a scrappy, but vital victory over Nottingham Forest this afternoon, moving to within touching distance of securing the club its first Championship play-off place in a decade.

The pain outweighs the joy says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has said that manager Mick McCarthy has done a ‘miraculous’ job at Portman Road. STUART WATSON spoke to the Blues boss about the duo’s working relationship, what motivates him and why he doesn’t mind players with opinions.

The side that many don't see: Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, pictured with Isobelle Creamer during a visit to the East Anglian Children's Hospice in December 2012. Photo: Gregg Brown.

Mick McCarthy; a mix of Yorkshire grit and Irish charm. STUART WATSON sat down with the Ipswich Town boss to find out more about the man behind the stereotypes.

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans is £65million richer than last year, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Tyrone Mings is confident that Ipswich Town will get the job done against Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has vowed to back ‘miraculous’ manager Mick McCarthy this summer.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages