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We will only survive by sticking together – Mick McCarthy issues rallying cry to Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 10:10 19 November 2012

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Leicester v Ipswich: We need to stick together.

That is Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy’s message to the club’s players and supporters following Saturday’s humiliating 6-0 defeat at Leicester City.

The result followed hot on the heels of a 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace, the Blues’ goal difference now standing at an embarrassing minus 25.

Town have ground out wins over lesser Championship opposition in the form of Birmingham City and Burnley in recent weeks though and if McCarthy can replicate his record of one and a half points a game over the final 29 matches then Championship safety should be assured.

The straight-talking Blues boss admitted his side’s latest display was ‘abject’ and ‘awful’, but he delivered his post-match assessment with a sense of calm and perspective.

“The only way we’ll survive and thrive is by being together,” said McCarthy, who made a point of shaking the hand of every one of his shell-shocked players at the full-time whistle before sending them over to recognise the 990 travelling fans who had endured another painful away day.

“After a defeat like that there are generally some that are pointing fingers and screaming and shouting, but I wasn’t like that because there’s no point.

“It was a poor performance, but I’ve got to keep everyone together and in the right frame of mind to go again for the next one.”

In what is rapidly looking like a five-team fight for safety at the bottom, Ipswich host a Peterborough side just one point below them in the table on Saturday.

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Three of Ipswich Town’s summer signings are struggling to be fit for next Saturday’s Championship opener against Birmingham City, at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will be restricted to signing a striker on loan due to the fact the Blues can’t compete financially with some of the ‘bonkers’ transfer fees being spent in the Championship.

Blues fans of all ages have gathered at Portman Road today to meet their heroes ahead of the start of the new season.

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Nearly 60 per cent of Ipswich Town fans would like to see Luke Chambers start in the heart of the Blues defence, alongside Adam Webster, when the Championship season begins next Saturday.

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