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We need you today! Mick McCarthy’s message to ‘brilliant’ Ipswich Town fans

PUBLISHED: 22:11 23 November 2012

Ipswich fans at Leicester

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MICK McCarthy has admitted he would have been tempted to leave early had he been a Town fan inside the King Power Stadium last weekend.

The fact that the majority of Blues’ fans remained to the bitter end of the 6-0 thumping by Leicester City only reiterated what McCarthy has quickly found out during his three weeks at Portman Road.

The Town boss sung the praises of fans ahead of today’s crucial bottom-of-the-table clash against Peterborough, saying: “They were brilliant and they have been great since I joined. But we need to give them something more to shout about than what we did at Leicester.

“I thought the away fans last week were terrific in staying until the very end. It was a bit of a surprise as even I would have probably done one.”

McCarthy started the week in calling for the club to stay united in the face of worrying times, and he continued to promote that theme yesterday.

He said: “It is about us, the collective – the club, the fans and the players – sticking together. If we are together, we have a better chance of thriving and prospering.

“I have only been here for three weeks, but they (the fans) have been very good.”

McCarthy this week cancelled the first team squad’s usual day off – Wednesday – but insisted it was not about punishing his players after last week’s dire defeat.

“I think that is counter-productive in terms of dealing with people,” he said.

“If I thought they hadn’t tried and put in a gutless display, it might be different. But I saw the stats, the lads ran about and the distances covered were unbelievable. You do tend to run a lot further when you don’t have the ball.

“I didn’t want to punish them. But I am not so sure I could have accepted them swanning round the shops when they had just lost 6-0.

“I wouldn’t expect people who paid their good money to be happy with that.

“If we get out of the bottom three, I might revisit that and give them a day off.”

2 comments

  • Town fans are a load of mugs lol

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    ged scott

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • McCarthy must have been at a different match to me last weekend if he thought that the display was anything other than spineless,gutless and clueless and if that display did not warrant extra training I dread to think which one will.Come on Mick get a grip, we are not mugs and know a bad performance when we see one!!

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    Alan Burgess

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

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It’s been a dismal season for Ipswich Town fans and it could yet get worse.

Ipswich may have broken out of their run of straight draws – but a 3-1 defeat isn’t really much to shout about.

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith has told a newspaper in New Zealand that he is 100% committed to playing for the national team, ahead of the All Whites’ World Cup qualifiers against Fiji.

With eight games to go, Ipswich Town are still not safe from relegation to League One, following a tough season in the Championship, and lost 3-1 at Cardiff City at the weekend.

Mick McCarthy says his managerial record is the reason for his longevity at Portman Road, not owner Marcus Evans’ perceived patience with his managers.

Ipswich Town will not be backtracking on their decision to raise the price of season tickets, despite a huge outcry from supporters.

Loan duo Dominic Samuel and Jonny Williams made timely injury comebacks last night as a strong Ipswich Town Under-23 side drew 1-1 with Crewe at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town have suffered a double injury blow with the news that forward duo David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence have had to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland and Wales squads respectively.

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