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That was for the fans – beaming Mick McCarthy pays tribute to Town’s long-suffering supporters

20:50 11 November 2012

DJ Campbell and the Sir Bobby Robson Stand unite in celebration after his late winner against Burnley

DJ Campbell and the Sir Bobby Robson Stand unite in celebration after his late winner against Burnley


IT has been too long coming.

An amazing 224 days or seven-and-a-half months – the last time Portman Road was able to celebrate a Saturday night or a Monday morning back at work basking in a victory in the Championship.

But the wait is finally over after DJ Campbell’s 87th minute winner against Burnley gave Mick McCarthy a winning debut in the home dugout.

And it gets better with the Blues – who responded brilliantly to Sam Vokes’ equalising Daryl Murphy’s goal – rising to third-bottom, just two points from moving out of the bottom three.

McCarthy, who has started with an impressive six points from a possible nine, was delighted for the long-suffering supporters.

He said: “It is lovely for them. They only want something to shout about and we try to give them that. We all like to feel how I feel now – which is a nice happy feel. I am delighted for them.”

McCarthy admitted the fact that Ipswich is a “nice club” shouldn’t mean his players take it for granted.

He said: “It is a really good club and the supporters are great. I had a word with them (the players) beforehand and said it is such a nice club, you don’t get the same level of aggression from the sides if you are not playing well.

“There are some clubs you go to and you are getting it – the players are going into town and they are getting it.

“Just because we get treated nicely here, it means just as much – even more so. Because you are being treated well, you should want to do even better for them – I know Paul (Jewell) felt that way.”

Following a frantic first 10 days, McCarthy will now have a full week on the training ground with his players before next Saturday’s match at Leicester City.

After Massimo Luongo returned to Tottenham and Richie Wellens’ one-month loan spell ended, ironically he could line up for the Foxes against Ipswich, McCarthy might look to add to his midfield options.

Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong, who was with the Town boss at Wolves, is one rumoured to be on his radar.


  • Saturday was the first time in a long while I've left PR wanting to go back the next match. Terrific performance, players looking committed and hungry, Edwards looking unplayable, N'Daw bossing the midfield (surely the job Jewell bought him in to do?!) and the defence looking solid for the first time in ages. McCarthy's approach is just what we need; become very hard to beat first, then worry about the pretty stuff. Ironically what Keane attempted to do, of course. On Saturday's evidence we won't be in the bottom three very long.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Well done everyone at Town and that includes team management AND players. It may not have been pretty but it was successful and that is all that counts in this post Jewell era. McCarthy cannot be expected to change everything at once and I for one can put up with him continuing with some of Jewells practices if it means over a period of time he (and we) get what is wanted which is a winning team with a continuity, a plan and a strategy - all things patently missing from Jewell. It just shows how bad Jewell and his team were that with basically the same tools McCarthy is managing to get some results and engender some passion and commitment into the players. Keep it up Mr McCarthy and I hope all Town fans will support you even when mistakes are made and we suffer the occasional slip up. It will be a long road recovering from the mess Jewell left us in but at least a start has been made.

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    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Rob Steroo - I'm a bit surprised that you read my post as a ringing endorement of MM ???? It is merely saying that judgement on McCarthy will be reserved until I see how he treats the young players !!!!!! Most of my previous comments have enlarged on this & said that I believe they are the future of the club & I do not agree with overloading the team with loanees & mercenaries. Furthermore I have suggested that in the majority of ways the philosophy of MM doesn't appear to differ greatly to the discredited Jewell. However I do then point out one way in which it has - playing players in the prefered positions - & have accordingly praised this one improvement. As regards your own comments I have to say that more often than not I agree with what you say - but these tend to be ignoredderided by most for the simple reason that you NEVER say anything positive. Your posts are dismissed by the majority of other contributers as just Steroo having a moan again - whereas if you tempered them with the occassional positive comment when merited then people would take more notice of your invariably negative - if often accurate remarks. Both Kevin & I say in our posts that McCarthy would not have been our first choice - & as far as I am concerned the jury is still out. This however should not alter the fact that when he does something I agree with I should comment on this in a positive way as indeed I always do for those thing with I disagree.

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    Old Timer

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I had already posted that Burnley had conceded more goals than us away, and they are inconsistent, yet to bounce back after the 5-0 shambolic defeat at Palace, with the positional and formational alterations made by MM shows character, not a dead cat bounce at all, in my view. I call it as I see it, and they deserve credit for beating Burnley. I will be giving my views as we progress through the coming weeks, I will not be pre-judging it, as MM needs to be given time to continue to make the changes he has already started to make. I do not feel taken in by anything, quite the opposite, as like many others, I have been calling for Tommy Smith to be played, and Carlos to be played wide right, not right back. So, as MM inherited all of these loanees, he needs a little time to sort it out, and he will, I am sure

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    Kevin Bailey

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Whilst MM was not my personal choice as manager, he was a choice I was entirely happy with none the less. So far he has done a really good job, and that game was so important, we desperately needed to win it, and it is refreshing that it was us that grabbed that late winner for a change. My opinion is that Carlos Edwards will be the player of the year for us, now he is back in his rightful position, and maybe Tommy Smith will begin to show what he is capable of, as playing alongside Higginbotham will be very good for him, as he is the most capable central defender he has played with. Round pegs in round holes alone helps a lot. I would like to see Hyam back sooner rather than later as well. It is also refreshing not to have to listen to the same old nonsense from Jewell after every game.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Kevin - agree with everything you say - especially the bit about Hyam. For me the acid test for MM is if he distances himself from the philosophy of Jewell & gives the youngsters a fair chance. In the meantime he does seem to have the team playing for him - & playing people in their rightful positions such as Murphy & Edwards has made a real difference. It's not rocket science & it's a back to basics approach which is what's needed when you're in the relegation places.

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    Old Timer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Kevin Bailey and Old Timer - as keyboard warriors of many years' standing I am amazed and amused how easily you are taken in by a dead cat bounce. Wait for one month after Mick the Man has taken over and see if he can actually squeeze anything out of his hotchpotch of mercenaries... after all some will be exiting stage left right now... others will be gone in a matter of weeks - including the only goalscorer. In the meantime, rather than basking in the 'glory' of a home win against an inconsistent side, perhaps reflect on the embarrassment and pointlessness of fielding a team with SIX of somebody else's players.

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    Rob Steroo

    Monday, November 12, 2012

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