Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy defends the selection of Dean Gerken, Jay Tabb and Frank Nouble following Leicester City defeat

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken

Ipswich Town keeper Dean Gerken - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy jumped to the defence of Dean Gerken, Jay Tabb and Frank Nouble following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at table-toppers Leicester City.

The trio came into the side for Scott Loach, Luke Hyam and David McGoldrick respectively, with McCarthy’s team selection having been questioned by some Blues fans on social networking sites.

Hyam and McGoldrick were injured, but keeper Loach dropped back to the bench – despite his man-of-the-match display in the goalless home draw with Blackpool – after Gerken had missed that game with a stiff neck.

Asked if choosing his custodian had been tough, the Blues boss replied: “It wasn’t a difficult decision, but it was difficult to tell Loachy because he probably thought he might have had a chance and I would hope he did.

“What I would say to him is that next time you get a chance, play as well as you did against Blackpool and next time you might stay in.”

Gerken was rounded by striker Jamie Vardy for the game’s opening goal at The King Power Stadium, Tabb having left him exposed by a blind back pass.

“Tabby shouldn’t have been put in that position though – that’s my view,” said McCarthy. “We went backwards instead of keeping it on top of them.

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“So no, I’m not pointing the finger at him. I think he’s great.”

On his decision to play Nouble instead of Paul Taylor or Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, both used as second half subs, he said: “Frank’s been in the team hasn’t he?

“He’s played when we’ve had three up front and has been the one who is next in line if you like.

“Sylvan I thought did well when he came on for half-an-hour, but being on for half-an-hour and playing the whole game is a whole different ball. Frank’s been the next in line, Tayls hasn’t, so Frank was the one that got the nod.”