MANAGER’S REACTION: Delighted Mick McCarthy warns his players not to get complacent following super victory over Nottingham Forest
IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy admits tonight’s superb 3-1 home win over high-flying Nottingham Forest has provided everyone at the club with a timely boost.
However, the straight-talking Yorkshireman – who has taken seven points from his first three games in charge at Portman Road – has warned his players not to get complacent after rising out of the Championship relegation.
With Guirane N’Daw, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy getting the goals, McCarthy said: “I enjoyed that – both the end result and the performance.
“Unless I wake up tomorrow and it’s May the fourth though I’m not bothered.
“We all get a kick from seeing it. It will feel good to see us out of the bottom three and no doubt it will give the players and the fans a lift.
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“You don’t get fat and lazy and fall back in though. We’ve got tough games coming up so it’s important we maintain that level of performance now.
“We can’t pat each other on the back and stroke each others’ egos, let’s do that every week if we can.
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“Why haven’t we been playing like that before? I haven’t got a clue. If I knew the answer to that I’d pack this in a write a book that would change the world of football. I’d be a millionaire.”
With fans chanting ‘he’s one of our own’ as local lad Hyam scored his first ever professional goal, McCarthy said: “It was an excellent all-round performance. I’m delighted with him, but he played alongside another fella in Guirane (N’Daw) who was immense.”
He continued: “We got lucky. The opener was a proper cock-up between the keeper (Lee Camp) and defender (Danny Collins) – it was Keystone Cops stuff.
“Whether it was a penalty (for goal two) I have no idea, whether he (DJ Campbell) was tripped or he slipped, but like everybody else we’ll take what we can get.
“We had some decisions go against us at Palace. You get some, you don’t get some. Hey ho, that’s how it is.”
Asked whether he felt visiting keeper Camp should have been sent-off early on, the Blues boss added: “I don’t know if he handled it (outside the box), but he didn’t send him off.
“Decisions can go for or against you, but the important thing was we played well.”