MANAGER’S REACTION: McCarthy admits fans were right to boo after 1-1 home draw with Barnsley
Ipswich v Barnsley: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy understands why his side were booed off the pitch following tonight’s 1-1 home draw with Barnsley.
The struggling Tykes had lost their previous six away games but dominated the second half and were left pushing for a winner after Jim O’Brien cancelled out Daryl Murphy’s opener.
To cap a disappointing night, Aaron Cresswell was sent off after the final whistle for foul and abusive language towards referee Andy D’Urso and will now be suspended for next Saturday’s game at Blackpool.
“I’m cool with that,” said McCarthy, when asked about the crowd’s reaction. “What I don’t appreciate is a few boos in the first half when we were trying to be considered with our football.
“When you don’t put the ball in the box and people start jeering because it’s nil-nil – I can’t be doing with that.
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“Boo afterwards by all means, I’m cool with that. Put a bit of pressure on us because I think we should be in a better position and we’ve not played well in the last two games.
“I didn’t exactly enjoy it myself.”
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Cresswell’s reaction at the final whistle came after D’Urso didn’t give a penalty following a stoppage-time coming together between Frank Nouble and Jean Yves Mvoto in the box.
“I haven’t seen an angle that tells me it’s a penalty,” said the Blues boss. “I’ve no gripe with the referee. He’s got it right.
“Of course I’m frustrated with Cressie. It’s born out of frustration because we’ve played well in the first half, not continued that in the second half and it’s his man that’s put the ball in the net.
“Fair play to him, he has been and apologised to the referee.”
Asked if there were any positives to take from the game, McCarthy said: “We didn’t get beat. We got another point. On another day we could have lost that, but we kept going.
“First half is just a scrappy Championship, how did it change? I’m not sure yet.”