“I’m disappointed because I thought we were capable of getting in the top six,” says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy after the final whistle at Burnley ended Ipswich's play-off hopes for this season

Mick McCarthy after the final whistle at Burnley ended Ipswich's play-off hopes for this season - Credit: Archant

There will be time to reflect on a season of major progress soon, but right now Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is bitterly disappointed.

Any lingering top-six hopes ended with a limp 1-0 defeat at already-promoted Burnley on Saturday, the Suffolk side dropping to 10th in the Championship table ahead of their season finale against Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road.

Asked if now was a time for perspective, given that Town had gone into their penultimate game of the previous campaign still in danger of relegation, McCarthy said: “It’s not perspective, it’s just facts. We came to Burnley on the final day last season chilled because we’d only just secured our safety.

“This year we came here with two to play still in with a chance of the play-offs.

“We all know it’s a big turnaround, but I’m still disappointed because I think we were capable of getting in the top six.”


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Ipswich have five more points on the board than they finished with in 2012/13, though McCarthy – who took over a side rock-bottom with just seven points from their opening 13 matches – has claimed fewer points per game this season (1.44) than he did when guiding them to safety (1.60).

“There’s obviously been progress, but at this moment in time we are just terribly, terribly disappointed,” said Town captain Luke Chambers.

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“It’s difficult to reflect on the season right now because we are all gutted.

“We’ve let a few teams off the hook this season and that’s probably why we are where we are.”

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