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Reaction: McCarthy frustrated and agitated after Town lose at Bristol City

18:21 13 February 2016

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town shouts instructions Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town shouts instructions Bristol City v Ipswich Town

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is as frustrated and agitated as supporters after this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at relegation-battling Bristol City made it four losses from five games in all competitions.

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town
Bristol City v Ipswich TownMick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Centre-back Aden Flint twice headed home from corners in the first half and although substitute Brett Pitman pulled a goal back on the hour, Town never really pushed for a leveller.

The injury-hit Blues have slipped to eighth in the Championship table and are now three points adrift of the play-off places with 15 games to go.

Asked if he can understand a sense of frustration and agitation among supporters – many unhappy at the lack of signings during the January transfer window – McCarthy replied: “Absolutely, yeah. We want to be pushing for the top six. I’m frustrated and agitated myself. We want to get back to those lofty heights, but we’ll have to play better and defend corners better than we did today.”

He continued: “We didn’t defend them well enough, but on the counter side of that I have to say anyone watching them and trying to teach kids how to put in corners and make the most of them with a bit of movement from big fellas... They were magnificent deliveries which I can appreciate, even though I didn’t like conceding from them. Credit where it’s due. They were so difficult to deal with.”

With the likes of Cole Skuse, Luke Hyam, Ryan Fraser and Jonathan Douglas all unavailable through injury and suspension, McCarthy handed full debuts to new loan signing Ben Pringle and January recruit Kevin Foley – both of whom have had very little football in recent months. He also started with a wing-back system, but abandoned that not long after Bristol City’s 18th minute opener.

“It was the best system for the players I had available,” said McCarthy. “I wanted to keep two strikers up front and not go 4-3-3. I’m not bemoaning the loss of players, but having lost Skusey, Luke Hyam and Dougie, that’s a pretty fearsome three for us in the middle of the park and left us a little bit fragile in that area. I tried to stiffen that up and keep two strikers on the pitch.

“We’ve got the players for it, the three centre-backs can cope with it comfortably with a left-sider and a right-sider. We do suffer sometimes having to play a left-sider on the right-side (of the centre-backs).”

On his decision to switch back to 4-4-2 early on, Foley moving into midfield, he said: “We went behind and it was needs-must then. That’s not me being tactically astute or anything. I thought we did better off that actually. We handled it better.”

On his debutants, he said: “I was pleased with Ben (Pringle). He’s not played for quite a while (December 5 his last start for Fulham), so I was pleased with his contribution. It’s difficult to come into that game. He’s not coming into my team, just replacing one with the normal 10 players around him, he’s coming into a team which has been decimated a bit.

“I thought he did well and I thought Kevin Foley also did well. I thought he did even better when he went into midfield. I thought he had a great performance here.”

Pitman had said in the build-up that he hates being labelled a ‘super-sub’. When that was pointed out to McCarthy he said: “I know. Well, he wants to play. He certainly helped us when he came on. It was a great goal, to be fair to him.”

Asked if he was still looking to bring in a midfielder on loan, McCarthy – whose team now have a 10-day gap until the Tuesday night visit of Hull – said: “Dougie (Jonathan Douglas) will be available again and I’m hoping Luke Hyam will be fit-again to be honest with you.”

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18 comments

  • Go out and buy three quality premiership players, now that is funny. Why would these quality players want to play in the championship?

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    tel

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  • Poor old sickbag, he really does live in the past, harking back to days that will never return.

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    tel

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  • People here are saying we're not scoring enough goals but only 6 clubs in the Championship have scored more and only 3 of those currently sit above us in the league table. The problem is the defence is leaking too many goals yet McCarthy has stuck with the same defensive 4 all season. Why can't he see it's his defence that is losing matches not the lack of goals scored.

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    Big Spot

    Monday, February 15, 2016

  • Our bad run has come at the wrong time for the administrators, with season ticket renewal on the horizon. The team put out yesterday, was purely to stifle the opposition, and it backfired. Our problems are many fold. Players in the wrong position, players not good enough, lack of goals, speed, and creation from midfield. Not enough impact players. We don't have enough people who can give different options, from their various position. The invisible man must surely give his manager more funds, to attempt to compete with the top clubs. We also have a manager, who perhaps has ideas that are now a bit dated, unwilling to try for a more possession based game, our players look very cumbersome on the ball, which is why we are never able to retain it for too long, and why the opposition have a lot of the play, he needs to be braver

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    jungle boy

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Pundit - that did make me laugh! You are right of course.

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    Jason

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Majority of average players producing average performances. Having a long injury list is simply bad luck. Not doing anything to strengthen the squad in case you get injuries is simply neglect. If Mick were honest, he surely can not be serious if he thinks that Douglas and Hyam are going to fill the void left in the midfield against what is arguably the best side in The Championship (Hull). We will be embarrassed. Evans has missed the boat in the January transfer window, however, he can go some way to make amends now, by bringing in at least 3 quality Premiership players. If he doesn't, we'll need I say what will happen?

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    Ithadtobe

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Mid table class of players,no wonder we are the longest serving team in this division!! To not even get a draw at lowly Bristol is dire. No ambition or otherwise some new blood (of quality) would have been bought.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • If ITFC were a child and Evans it's guardian, then Evans would be guilty of neglect. I'm just repeating what the majority of fans on this site have said time and time again. No investment in bringing in decent players in the January transfer window is now costing us dearly. Average players produce average performances. If Mick McCarthy is now having to rely on the likes of Douglas and Hyam to bolster our midfield against what is arguably the best side in The Championship, then he is in dream land. Evans has missed the boat, but he can gain some credibility now, by bringing in at least 3 quality Premiership loan players to get us through this bad period. To have injuries is simply bad luck, however, to have done nothing in case this happens, is simply neglect.

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    Ithadtobe

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Our biggest problem has been, is and will be that when players are out of form. Which really can be said about Sears and Murphy is that we don't have any players of their type to bring in. Pitman has scored goals but has not proved a 90 minute man. Injuries haven't helped and whilst I can see the problems with too bigger squad as I suppose with Parr and Oar it is difficult to keep all of them happy. But when a Manager has this problem it is up to him to make sure that if a player is not "doing his stuff" then these fringe players get a decent crack of the whip. Which Parr never did get. he was always reliable, but the Manager went out and got Knudsen when they already had Parr. Not very good management in order to keep a player happy. We have had this situation with midfield for over two seasons where we are not creative enough. Bru is not proving to be the answer and there is no one in the ranks that provides that class, but still nothing is done about it. Town have to many ordinary players in their squad and unfortunately the one's that have the skill are all out injured. Not a good outlook for the remainder of this season.

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    whymarkmariner

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • Oh come on. You defend a decision not to bring in some quality and talk about a smaller squad and its benefits. Then you have to shop for loan players when there are injuries. Ipswich did not defend two corner kicks at Bristol and the same player scores twice with identical free headers. Another frustrating season as usual........

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    chantry

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

  • This is as good as it gets for Town I'm afraid and will stay this way until there is a change of ownership. Ipswich are now a selling Club,like Norwich used to be. Mings, Cresswell etc. MM does not have the funds to buy quality so has to make do with what he can get with loans etc and that will be tightened up by the FA next Season. Changes have occurred at Norwich in recent Seasons following pressure by Fans. Ipswich Fans should take a lead from that.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • He must have eaten at Asda on the way down and on the way back if he's that easily pleased.

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • A fantastic performance against a world class side. Sir Bobby, Sir Alf and George would be proud of Mick today. I don't agree with the sports reporters that it was a dismal game devoid of any entertainment. Even Man Utd struggled today. Congrats to Mick for putting out a team that plays fantastic quality football even though we lost. A trip down to Bristol was worth every penny.

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    CritiqueBleu

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • So so predictable, this was the case last year and it will only get worse. But hey, don't come on here bitching about it, DON'T go to matches and DON'T renew your season ticket. Simple solution to a simple minded owner!!

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    floridaboy1

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • This is truly pitiful stuff from No Loans and the craven EADT. Hopeless, hapless Town shoehorn Pringle in at a few hours notice and the clueless manager seems surprised that 10 man Town cannot cope with a motivated, relegation outfit - much like the game at Portman Road earlier in the season. Jason you sound like a disappointed turkey having a big decision to make about xmas. It is buffoons like you that fund the demise of what was once a football club. If you really care stop going - it really is that simple.

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    Pundit

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • I really don't know why McCarthy is getting agitated he is the one who picks the team and should know what he is doing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just wonder about that one though I don't think we will get much higher than we are now because our consistency is not the best we need to change from top to bottom so come on Mr Evans tell us your plans for Ipswich Town Football Club and if you are not planning to make the club great again then get out and let somebody take over who can

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    Bacon & Egg

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • Hear hear Jason

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    Brobat blue

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

  • And that just sums it all up. We will be relying on 34 year old defence minded Douglas and defence minded Hyam. Just like Evans, I'm not sure Mick even cares now. We need creativity. We are given defence. It's shocking. Come on EADT call Evans out. He has a lot to answer for. No investment? Will he reduce ticket prices to reflect this defensive brand of football and below average players along with lack of transfer ambition? My decision to renew will depend on Evans actions.

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    Jason

    Saturday, February 13, 2016

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