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Reaction: Mick McCarthy vows to stick with the kids at Old Trafford after Ipswich Town are drawn against Manchester United in Capital One Cup

23:00 25 August 2015

Brett Pitman celebrates his goal with Larsen Toure.

Brett Pitman celebrates his goal with Larsen Toure.

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has vowed to stick with the kids for a trip to Manchester United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

David McGoldrick, James Alabi and Ryan Fraser all scored in extra-time to seal a 4-1 victory at League One side Doncaster Rovers tonight, Town then being drawn at Old Trafford.

Just like in the 2-1 win over League Two side Stevenage in the first round, McCarthy gave his youngsters and fringe players their chance to shine. And, speaking before the draw, he vowed that would be the case again.

“Absolutely,” he replied, when asked if he would stick with a similar selection in the next round, regardless of who his side were drawn against.

“Whoever we play it will be all the young’ uns again. Hopefully Kevin Bru and (Teddy) Bish will be back and we can make it even stronger again.”

Then, speaking to the club website after the draw was made, he said: “Man United away – piece of cake! I’ve just answered a question in the press conference ‘will I stick with the kids?’ I said ‘yes’, but I’m not so sure now. We might need a few more of the senior ones.

“It’s a fabulous tie. I’m delighted. I look forward to that and so will our fans. We had 700 tonight and there will be a lot more at Old Trafford, that’s for sure.”

On tonight’s win, he said: “I was going to say it’s the last thing I wanted, extra-time, but the last thing I wanted was to lose and go out. I think we deserved it.”

There was one comical moment when all-action French-born winger Larsen Toure – desperate to impress McCarthy and fans alike – threw his shirt into the away end at full-time only to have to retrieve it for extra-time.

“He needs help!” joked McCarthy. “We’ll have to get him some treatment or something. I think some of the fans were telling him actually. As much as they wanted his shirt, I think they realised he needed it for another 30 minutes.

“Look, it is what it is – it’s funny now. He was great. I think he’ll be a good player for us.”

He added: “I thought Adam McDonnell was excellent on his debut against two good players. James Alabi is a handful. He’s as raw as anything, but he’s got something and scoring on his debut will help him no end.”


  • Keep the youngsters in for Old Trafford Mick, bolstered by Bishop and Bru.

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Distraction for the league leaders, I hope not. Some real positives with Traore and Alabi. Still nice local derby for Town at Old Trafford. Make sure you get your train tickets early!

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    fence sitter

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Sorry, but that headline is so miss leading. Its NOT what he said at all! Can I suggest you re read his comments after the draw and notice your own quote from Mick "I’ve just answered a question in the press conference ‘will I stick with the kids?’ I said ‘yes’, but I’m not so sure now". Where do you get from that that he 'vows to stick with the kids"

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Excellent night, great draw, brilliant summary and totally agree whymarkmariner !!!

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    Brian Wren

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • must say I was immensely impressed by or the youngsters . Whether it was raw enthusiasm or that they turn out to be as good as they sounded on the radio I don't know. Let's hope it was the latter as if it was we are in for a great season. The one disappointment for me was Jay Tabb, didn't seem to get involved and made a few howlers with his passing. I think he will find himself some way down the pecking order for the 1st team. Was impressed by the Doncaster keeper, is he available ? or was this a one off display. Be a good idea to keep tabs on him. Was very impressed with Toure, didn't think Manchester City would have let him go !!.

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    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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