Ipswich Town boss could change formation for Cardiff City clash

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has not ruled out changing his formation for the Blues’ trip to Cardiff on Saturday.

Town head to Wales, unbeaten in eight games but having drawn their last six Championship contests.

Interestingly, since changing formation and deploying a 3-5-2 formation, the Blues have yet to lose.

However, at the same time, they have struggled to create too many clear-cut chances, especially in their last three games, and were reliant on a last-gasp goal at Barnsley, from Tom Lawrence, to rescue a draw last Saturday.

McCarthy said he had been satisfied with the manner of his side’s performances in the majority of the last eight games, but is well aware that the Blues are only seven points above the bottom-three, with nine game to play.

Asked about changing formation, McCarthy said: “Well, we are unbeaten playing that way (3-5-2) and have had a lot of chances playing that way, just not so many on Saturday although, to be fair, we did have two or three chances in the first half.

“We remain unbeaten so there’s the dilemma, let’s change it all and throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

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“We have played OK, in fact I would say we have played well, up until Saturday certainly (Barnsley), where we weren’t particularly good. Most games we have played far better playing that way (3-5-2), so we’ll see.”

Saturday’s game sees McCarthy, who celebrates his 25th anniversary as a manager, go up against an equally wily campaigner in Neil Warnock, who has transformed the Bluebirds’ fortunes since arriving at the club in October, winning 11 and drawing seven of his 27 games in charge.

McCarthy, who was an interested observer in Fulham’s draw with Blackburn, at Craven Cottage, on Tuesday night, said: “I have looked at Cardiff, I know Neil and how he plays, and they are not going to throw any surprises up.”

On throwing some up himself, namely playing three players in attack, as he did at the turn of the year in the 2-1 defeat at QPR, McCarthy recalled: “We played three strikers there and it was OK, but if you remember, I changed to 4-4-2 and we played very well, so we shall see.”