‘If people think Bart was out because he wasn’t injured...’: McCarthy shoots down Bialkowski conspiracy theories

Bartosz Bialkowski watching the Ipswich Town v Leeds United. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Bartosz Bialkowski watching the Ipswich Town v Leeds United. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

It’s safe to say Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is not a fan of conspiracy theories.

Bartosz Bialkowski (left) takes his place amongst Town's injured players ahead of the Ipswich Town v

Bartosz Bialkowski (left) takes his place amongst Town's injured players ahead of the Ipswich Town v Leeds United game. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Bartosz Bialkowski’s absence from Ipswich Town’s 1-0 victory over Leeds with a calf problem led to fears the Polish goalkeeper could be set for a departure, following links to Crystal Palace earlier in the January transfer window.

Bialkowski was watching at Portman Road as Bersant Celina crashed home a winner for the Blues against 10-man Leeds, with McCarthy quick to shoot down any conspiracy theories regarding the goalkeeper’s absence.

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“Somebody just reminded me about a quote I gave up at Leeds when we drew 1-1,” said McCarthy.

Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Pic

Bersant Celina fires Ipswich Town into the lead with a 25-yard wonder strike in the second half. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“We’d murdered them and somebody said ‘some people might think that’s two points dropped’ and I said ‘some people can f**k off’.

“So if some people think Bart was out of the team because he wasn’t injured... similarly, alright! Does answer your question?!”

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Dean Gerken performed well in Bialkowski’s absence, making a good save at the end to deny Leeds substitute Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

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Tommy Smith, himself linked with a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids this month, was also at the game while injured players Tom Adeyemi, Adam Webster, Grant Ward and suspended defender Jordan Spence were also in attendance.