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Reaction: Mick McCarthy delighted with his side’s clinical finishing in 4-2 win at Brentford

16:02 26 December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford

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Brentford v Ipswich: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy praised his side’s ruthless finishing following this afternoon’s 4-2 win at fellow Championship high-fliers Brentford.

Daryl Murphy lashed home after just 18 seconds and added another in the 21st minute, out-muscling and out-pacing his marker before rounding the keeper, to take his tally for the season to 16.

Paul Anderson tapped home Jay Tabb’s cross on the half hour, with centre-back Tommy Smith producing a striker’s finish in the closing stages just as it looked as though the Bees – whose two goals came late on – might stage a late comeback.

“I think that early goal changed the dynamic of the game,” said McCarthy, whose side, temporarily at least, move to the top of the Championship table following a 10-game unbeaten run. “If you score a goal after 18 seconds, against a team who’s been really dominant here, it gives you an advantage.

“Brentford are a really good team, a good footballing team. They tried to get back in the game, they started taking chances, but as soon as you leave Murph one-v-one you’ve got a problem.

“I think we capitalised on the fact we got an early goal, they pressed to get back in it and we punished them. We were clinical today, whereas other days we’ve not been.

“Tommy’s not known for chopping it back and bending it in the top corner, that’s for sure! He does contribute with goals, normally they’re with his head though. That one was great because it could have been a nervy finish otherwise.”

Brentford had started the day third in the table, off the back of seven wins from eight, but, for all their possession, they couldn’t handle Town’s direct, physical and quick pressing approach.

“We planned on pressing them – it’s risk versus reward that,” said McCarthy. “We don’t play any different away from home. We came and played 4-4-2 against their shape (4-2-3-1) and thankfully ours has won over today.”

Asked about some of the ‘football snobbery’ which has surrounded his side’s style of play this season, the Blues boss replied: “I just don’t subscribe to that. There’s all sorts of ways of playing football and all different types of footballers. I think we’re a good team because we’re at the top of the league at the moment.

“I’m not really interested in what people think. I respect what everyone else is doing, I respect Bournemouth and what they’re doing and I certainly respect Mark (Warburton) and what he’s doing here.”

Warburton said: “We dominated possession, but it’s goal stats that win games. They had six shots and scored four goals – that tells you everything. We’re a goal behind after a minute and three behind at half-time because of three errors. We were uncharacteristically sloppy in certain areas. That gave us a mountain to climb against a very good team.

“They’ve scored four but I can’t think of another save (David) Button’s had to make. We created chances, but never really put them under pressure.

“We’re disappointed, because we realised the significance of the game. Maybe that early goal unnerved a couple of our players.”


  • Where is Steroo now? Where are the moaners and whiners? Where are the negative remarks about Julie and deluded fans?

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    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • On current form we are the best team in the championship without any weak links. Parr has slid seamlessly in in place of Mings and done a really solid job. And these days when we make the occasional mistake as all teams do, then there is always someone to cover . Can't wait for the next game.

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    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Would all Town fans please bombard BBC Look East with e-mails complaining of their bias toward Norwich FC & Norfolk in general. All 6 Norwich goals shown but only 2 of Town's. I have already sent mine.

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    Brian Ball

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Superb all round performance. Brilliant Murphy.

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    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Another fantastic team performance today with 11 leaders in our team all playing to each others strengths.

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Question time chaps. How good is bialkowski - seems a really good goalie (best we have had for some years which won't be music in dean gerken's ears). Did well at notts county and is doing well for us. Any obvious flaws or is he the real deal?

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    Richard Gardiner

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • We are in such fabulous form, but the tables means that so are a majority of the teams surrounding us. Good thing is we are beating the top teams, instead of playing well and then losing or drawing. I am sure MM will drill into the players the need to keep up these standards and just keep grinding out the results and eventually a gap will open up between us and the third team. We still need to find a bit more after going in front. I still think we need another really good midfielder and another forward that can score goals. What's the news on young Mings ? is he about to depart in the January window ? I'm sure MM will have this angle covered and as long as a stupid offer is put in then it may be a blessing in disguise allowing Town to bring in some decent reinforcements for the big push.

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Best team won - we could have had 6 but it was difficult to concentrate clearly!

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I don't know where Warburton gets his stats from. Actually we had 13 shots to their 16 and we had 7 on target to their 6. If you're going to be bitter, at least get the facts right.

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    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • We play a very sophisticated version lf tiki taki, without the taki bit. At least we don't send the crowd to sleep.

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, December 26, 2014

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