Frank Nouble hopes for more game time after perfect response to a managerial scolding

Gary Mackenzie makes a last ditch challenge to deny Frank Nouble during the second half at Blackpool

Gary Mackenzie makes a last ditch challenge to deny Frank Nouble during the second half at Blackpool - Credit: Archant

Frank Nouble hopes he’ll start getting some more game time for Ipswich Town after responding superbly to a managerial scolding at Blackpool.

The athletic striker was subject to a dressing down from manager Mick McCarthy following a below-par display in training last Friday but then stepped off the bench to score a goal and play a big part in a dramatic 3-2 victory.

Twenty-two of his 30 appearances for the Blues have been as a substitute, the 22-year-old often called upon to chase down defenders when games need seeing out.

The ex-Wolves man has provided a real attacking spark in the last three matches though and could be in line for a start if McCarthy sticks with the 4-3-3 formation which proved so influential to his side’s turnaround in the second half at Bloomfield Road.

“It’s been frustrating to not get that much time on the pitch, but that’s football,” said the 22-year-old. “I’ve generally not been getting much more than 10 or 15 minutes, so it was great to get a half today and score.

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“The manager decided that we would go all-out-attack at half-time and thankfully it came off. Hopefully I can get some more game time now.”

McCarthy said: “He’s repaid me in bundles because I had a snarl at him yesterday – a proper snarl – because I wasn’t happy with him in training.

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“I don’t take poor performances. On the pitch you can play badly, but you always have to give everything. TC (assistant Terry Connor) spoke to him and got the trowel out and smoothed it! I’m sure he’s feeling better today than he was yesterday when he walked off the training ground.”

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