MANAGERS’ REACTION: McCarthy gets a telling off from his wife after Bolton victory
Ipswich v Bolton: IPSWICH Town manager Mick McCarthy received a telling off from his wife after turning the air blue following Carlos Edwards’ late winner against Bolton at Portman Road.
With Huddersfield and Millwall having secured wins in the day’s early kick-offs, Wolves, Barnsley, Peterborough and Birmingham were all closing out victories
It meant Ipswich desperately needed a win to maintain their four-point gap above the Championship relegation. And they got it when skipper Edwards fired home in the 88th minute to beat a Bolton side who had won their previous five matches.
“I come in here all nice and calm, but I’ve just walked into my office to see my friends and family and shouted ‘YOU ******* BEAUTY!!!’,” said McCarthy.
“My wife told me not to swear in front of my granddaughter, but she’s only seven weeks old so she doesn’t know what’s going on! “Of course I’m elated.”
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With Town now heading into the two-week international break on a high, the Blues boss continued: “It’s a huge result.
“They don’t come in much better form than Bolton. What was it, six wins and two draws prior to them coming here?
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“We’ve done alright against the form teams, it’s when we’ve come up against the Barnsleys and Peterboroughs that we’ve struggled. “I don’t know why that is. If I did, I’d pack this in, write a book and make millions.”
He continued: “I thought we had a really good first half, there was a spell in the second half when they got on top, but we changed the shape to stem the tide a bit and I think – overall – we deserved to win it.
“It’s about time a midfielder scored. I’ve been banging their heads all week about contributing more.
“I decided to leave him (Edwards) out last week as I wanted a more narrow midfield. Whether a rest has benefited him or not, I don’t know.”
He added: “I’ve seen the other results. It was happens like that. I remember when we were vying for promotion with Sunderland and Wolves, we’d come off after a great result and see that everyone else had won and you were still in the same place.
“All we can do is win though.
“It’s nice to go into the international break with a win. My beer will taste good tonight.”
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman, who saw his side’s eight-game unbeaten run come to an end, said: “We’re disappointed with the result. It was a hard-fought, physical, Championship game. But I felt from 60 minutes onwards we were dominant in possession.
“We could have possibly worked the goalkeeper a little bit more, but I thought we looked the more capable.
“To be mugged at the end is disappointing, but that’s football for you.
“Ipswich are a difficult side to play, especially the way Mick has got them playing. We won’t dwell too much on this one. There is no doubt in my mind we can win another five games in a row.”