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Reaction: McCarthy disappointed by ‘damp squib’ of an FA Cup tie – Town losing 1-0 at home to Southampton

23:01 14 January 2015

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Ipswich v Southampton: Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy insists the mood in his camp is still high, despite tonight’s ‘damp squib’ of a match at Portman Road – the Blues losing 1-0 to Southampton in their eagerly-anticipated FA Cup third round replay.

Shane Long scored the game’s only goal in the 19th minute, with a smart finish, and the third-place Premier League side then eased to victory, Town huffing and puffing in front of a BBC One television audience and boosted crowd of 27,933.

It was the second match in a row that the Suffolk side had failed to do themselves justice in front of the cameras, the 1-0 home loss to promotion rivals Derby County last Saturday also a forgettable affair, but McCarthy is not concerned ahead of four league games against teams in the bottom six of the Championship table (Millwall away, Brighton away, Wigan at home, Rotherham away).

“I’m always disappointed when we lose,” said the Blues boss. “The game, I thought, was a bit of a damp squib.

“We were okay until they scored, then they killed the game. They’re a good Premier League team. They’ve only conceded 15 goals in the league, playing against teams better than us, and they didn’t give us many chances tonight.

“I don’t think either goalkeeper has been worked too much to be honest.”

He continued: “It’s disappointing for us all. Someone said to me after Saturday ‘oh, I’m really disappointed’. Well we all are! We did not want that game to be like that. We wanted a rip-roaring Cup tie. They didn’t allow it to happen though.

“Maybe we should give a bit of credit to them. It’s not always us to blame. We have tried our hardest, as we always do, but they’re a damn good side.

“I watched them beat Arsenal, I watched them beat Manchester United. It’s no great shame on us that we’ve lost to Southampton. The pity, I guess, is that we didn’t get the exciting Cup tie we were all hoping for.”

Will the last two results affect his players ahead of Saturday’s trip to struggling Millwall (who lost 4-0 at League One side Bradford tonight)?

“I’m often concerned when I get asked that question,” said McCarthy. “It’s like we’re all so weak minded that we can’t cope when we get beaten. We were beaten by a good side on Saturday – there was nothing in it and it came down to a mistake. And I think we’ve competed against Southampton tonight.

“I don’t know what the mood in the Millwall camp will be like, but I can tell you that the mood in our camp is good – despite two defeats.”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said: “It was a very serious performance from us tonight. It was lucky that we scored with our first chance of the game. After that we defended well and there was good organisation in the team.

“It was a typical English Cup game – long balls. But it was a great performance from the lads.”

Meanwhile, McCarthy confirmed that striker Conor Sammon will be returning to parent club Derby County in order to join another team on loan for the rest of the season.

“Conor came here to play games,” said the Blues boss. “He did to start with, but hasn’t played much of late. He wants to progress his career. He had 12 months at Derby last year not playing games. Other clubs want him so it would be completely unfair for us to keep hold of him and deprive him of playing.

“I’ve still got Hunty (Noel Hunt) as back-up to David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy. I’ll be looking for another striker though because the squads so thin at the moment.”

With McGoldrick cutting a frustrated figure in recent games, trying to force things in an attempt to rediscover his goalscoring form of last season, McCarthy said: “It’s difficult when it’s just not going for you. Something will change for him, he’ll get his goal and it will come again. He’s still putting his shift in, he’s still playing well.”

On a more positive note, midfielder Kevin Bru put in another impressive display. “I’m really pleased with Kevin,” said McCarthy. “He and Balint Bajner walked in the door on free transfers from abroad in the summer. Balint’s not done as well, but Kevin’s been excellent whenever he’s played. I’m really pleased with him.”

20 comments

  • So, why the hoof ball, is it because that is what they have been told to do or is it that the players them selves continue to play it "safe" the ball was being played back to our keeper from near the halfway line. WE really should not be to critical as they have just come off a long un beaten run

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    thundercat

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Well done little budgie smyth, hardly prediction of the year and certainly nowhere near the 4 or 5 scoreline you suggested, back to school for you. D-

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    Paul Breach

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Luck plays a part in many games, as it did in this one. A fraction of a second was all it took for Hunt to be offside, had his goal stood it could have been a very different game. And it was a goal he deserved for his wholehearted efforts. Our passing was abysmal, and hoofing the ball in the air in a capricious wind didn't help.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • It's a shame we have played down to people's stereotypes in the last couple of games. Everyone thinks we're just a hoof it up the pitch team, hard-working but lacking quality, which hasn't been the case this season, but was last night and on Saturday. Let's get back into the groove against Millwall, we can now finally concentrate fully on the league with no distractions, let's make the most of it. We haven't turned into a bad team overnight, despite the whining on here.

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    Mike Rotch

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • As has already been said, we lost one nil to a side that had just beaten Man U by the same score, does that make us rubbish? of course it doesn't. I agree we were not brilliant but in 90 minutes they only managed to score one goal, if we were total rubbish they would have scored more. It has to be remembered they are sitting 4th or there about in the prem league.

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    thundercat

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I took a manchester united supporter to the game last night (one who actually goes) and he quite enjoyed the game,he did'nt think that we were too bad.He pointed out that the big difference for him,was the touch,the ability to control the ball and then move it on positively,which is what you pay the big bucks for.What was interesting was that not knowing who Tyrone Mings was,he immediately identified him as one who had. For me,Skuse was a big miss and i'm not sure Teddy would have made much of a difference,it must have been fairly obvious that lumping it up the middle was not working and that is frustrating to watch,we did ok,but we should have done better.Had hunt's goal stood it would have been a very different game however and we would be talking about what a great game it was,such are the margins in football.We now have four games on the bounce that are winnable,i'm not saying definitely,but i would rather play these games now than when they are scrapping for their lives.As for going up ? Burnley and Leicester have taken nearly a third of the season to get competitive.It would be very hard,but it is possible.Finally three times this year,we have had big crowds,been on Tv and not really aquitted ourselves very well.....strange

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    miketyreson

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Let's get this straight, Hunt WAS offside, froze the action on Sky Plus, its close but it clearly proves he was. The game should never have been played, all these FA cup matches should be decided in the first match, Arguably Wanyamas injury was the result of too many matches. We were never at the races, too slow all over the pitch, too much back passing, some players played in the wrong positions. Bru was our best player, and needs to play more

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    jungle boy

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Let's get this straight, Hunt WAS offside, froze the action on Sky Plus, its close but it clearly proves he was. The game should never have been played, all these FA cup matches should be decided in the first match, Arguably Wanyamas injury was the result of too many matches. We were never at the races, too slow all over the pitch, too much back passing, some players played in the wrong positions. Bru was our best player, and needs to play more

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    jungle boy

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I'm glad when we're not on tv sometimes to be quite honest. For one we seem to fluff it and secondly you get the armchair fans who feel like the club owes them something yet never put anything in themselves. Saturday was the annoying result for me as we didn't deserve to win or lose but I couldn't have cared less about beating soton I just didn't want to get tonked 4 or 5. I was just praying we didn't get an injury last night after seeing Murphy bleeding and McGoldrick limping. At least Millwall played last night so fatigue shouldn't come into it this weekend. Overall, not the best performance but hardly surprise of the century.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Yes john smyth, and you are something like a 'banker' !!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Hyam was useless. Slick hair and tattoos so he has the image right, now just needs to learn to trap a football and pass to a team mate. Chambers.....how many times did he pass to his keeper. Ipswich were terrible to watch and can't see the TV cameras bothering Portman Rd anytime soon. Shame.

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    cloggy XI

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Kick and run if ever I've seen it. Charging £10 a ticket was £10 to much, was absolute rubbish and a major lack of quality.

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    Anglia1

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • well i was right about the away win last night. It was a banker

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    john smyth

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • You wont change that Tom. I've been going for nearly 40 years and its always been like a morgue

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    StalwartBlue

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Look on the bright side, if we had won it would mean another extra game for a thin squad and surely our number one priority should be promotion. The big plus point for me was that we got through the game without losing anyone with a serious injury. The result against Millwall is far more important than beating Southampton who, based on their good league position should be looking for a good cup run.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I'm not one for scape-goating but Hyam needs to be told that he simply isn't good enough for football at this level and make a decision about his future based on that. Its not fair to him or the rest of the squad for MM to continue to select him.

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    StalwartBlue

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Nothing but long balls forward being cut out every time; no midfield to pass the ball through; a very lacklustre and "greedy" McGoldrick who may have cost us the game; really poor passing ability and all in all a very poor performance and advert for the Championship. This game and the Derby game exposed a few big weaknesses in our side. Get a really good midfielder in, pass the ball properly and stop relying on the big "hoof" to upfront to Murphy...if not, we will struggle from now on as other sides have sussed us.

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    John Maynard

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • A poor game to watch and generally could see the difference in class between the two sides. Again the referee did us no favours. The positives: Bru looked the best player on the pitch for Town and perhaps should start in the league. Ambrose did well in the first half and has that air of calm and class around his play. Now look to Millwall where we should hopefully get all three points.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • On the one hand, only narrowly losing to a top in form Premiership side, who just beat Man Utd and who put out a full strength side, when we had a number of first team players missing, is hardly a disaster. Equally, we never really got going and as MOTD said, there was no one who could put their foot on the ball for us. We resorted to some long ball stuff that and some fairly dreadful passing that was hard to watch. Hyam isn't up to it - he had a poor game v Derby and was lost last night. Without Bishop and Skuse our midfield was lightweight with no creativity. I thought it showed the gap between us and the Prem. Where keeping the ball and having a touch of quality matters. In our league you can just bully other teams with a direct style. We desperately need s couple of decent players in the transfer window because if we lost Murphy, Bishop, Skuse or Chambers to injury, we would be seriously exposed. Finally, I must say I thought the crowd were pretty poor as well for 28,000 and in front of millions in TV. It was like a library at times and you could hear the players shout. Very little noise from the SBRS at all. I couldn't make it there was more noise than that really but it sounded very very quiet.

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    Tom

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Mick's not kidding when he said this game was a damp squib. Glad I was an armchair fan as it wasn't even worth a tenner. Gary Lineker even commented at half time that the cameras were at the wrong game. Southampton are a decent side and score a great, if somewhat fortunate goal. Cameras show that Hunty's goal was onside, so maybe the result could have been different should it have stood. But whatever anyone say's I'm not convinced with our midfield, o.k. we played a Premier League side last night, but this conceding the midfield happens all the time and it's o.k. if you can counter attack on the break, but lumping high balls up to Murphy and McGoldrick doesn't work and that's exactly what we have been doing in the last two games. MM's right, we need another forward, but I also think that Johnny Williams needs getting, either on loan or permanently and a midfield general needs pursuing. Can you imagine taking on a Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal or Chelsea with our midfield. They would be overrun . Before anyone say's "We are not playing them". No but if we were promoted we would be and it wouldn't be that long between promotion and next season and I do feel that in order to secure promotion we need these players now.

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    whymarkmariner

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

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