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Mick McCarthy ‘worried’ by Jon Stead’s return to Portman Road

16:27 21 December 2012

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy


Ipswich v Bristol City: Mick McCarthy believes it would be ‘sod’s law’ if Robins striker Jon Stead scored against his former club tomorrow.


The former Town striker is expected to spearhead Bristol City’s attack – and should get a warm reception from the Portman Road faithful.

He will also face a Blues boss mindful of the threat posed by the affable 29-year-old who is set to keep Sam Baldock and Steven Davies on the bench.

Of Stead, McCarthy said: “I am worried, because it’s sod’s law that somebody comes back to a former club and scores.

“There’s always the chance he might nick one and and we have to make sure he doesn’t. Jon has plenty of ability as a player, he’s got good pace, runs in the channels and is a handful in the air. I’ve got no doubt he’ll want to do well.”

While a number of Bristol City players have labelled tomorrow’s game a virtual six-pointer, McCarthy said: “From our perspective we are against one of our real competitors at the bottom of the table. It’s a really important game. If we win it puts a nice distance between us.”

When asked whether Town were still in a relegation scrap, McCarthy insisted: “Without a doubt. We only have to lose two games and we’re right back in there.

“Anybody can beat anybody in this league, that was proven by Peterborough going to Cardiff and getting a win last weekend. It just shows the standard of this league.”

McCarthy praised tomorrow’s opponents but revealed he was only focusing on what his players can do.

He said: “They’ve got some decent players. They’re a bit like us when we were struggling at the bottom of the league, people were saying ‘they’ve got some decent players, why are they down there’?

“The Championship can be turned on its head though as we all know. We’ve just got to focus on us and not worry about them too much.

“I’ve got three reports as always and a couple of games on DVD. They played Sheffield Wednesday and drew 3-3. You can look at that two ways, they’ve scored three away from home but also conceded three.

“That’s a bit like us and everyone else at the bottom of the table. You have a decent result, then you can suddenly become fragile.”



  • MM needs to check his sources. Bristol City beat Wednesday 3 - 2. Don't know who told him City conceded 3 but I hope it is not a scout or anyone else relied upon for sound information!

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    Norman Cox

    Friday, December 21, 2012

  • Another player I was disappointed to see Keane let go before he found a better replacement. In his spell at Town I feel he did more for the team than Murphy has done.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

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