McCarthy would be happy with three more away stalemates
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MICK McCarthy would be happy to draw all three of the club’s remaining away games.
The Blues – who are just three points above the Championship relegation zone with six games to go – have yet to win on their travels this year, with just one goal scored in three defeats and four goalless draws in the league.
Town boss McCarthy says he would be happy with another stalemate at Derby County tomorrow. Likewise the trips to Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley.
That would leave the Blues – who have won five of their last six home games – needing potentially three points from their games against high-flying Hull and Crystal Palace, as well as in-form Birmingham, at Portman Road.
“Ideally, we could do with something more than a point on Saturday because everyone else at the bottom is winning,” said McCarthy. “We’ll try and win it, but, as I keep saying, I don’t know too many people who think an away point is a bad point.
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“Let me tell you, if we take three points from the final three away games then I’ll be delighted.
“I’ve looked back at the game Millwall game (goalless on Monday) and thought ‘could I have made substitutions to win it?’ It’s all well and good changing it to try and win it, but if you do that and lose you look a chump. I’d have taken a point before we started and I’ll still take it.
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“We turn up everywhere and play 4-4-2, with two wingers and two strikers – it’s not like we’re playing defensively away from home.”
Asked if three away draws would raise the pressure on the final three games at Portman Road, McCarthy said: “What if we have six draws? Don’t read anything into me saying I’d be happy with a point a Derby. It doesn’t mean I must think that will need to win our home games.
“We’ve got two tough home games coming up, but that doesn’t alter my approach to Derby. It doesn’t make me think that we have to go up there and be wide open to try and win it and get a win under our belt.
“If we did that there would be a danger that we could get thrashed by two or three, because they’re a good side with some good momentum (three successive wins).”
Ipswich would be fourth in the table had the season started when McCarthy arrived on November 1, with their average points return of 1.59 putting them on course for a healthy finish of 59 points.
“I’m not bothered about my record,” said McCarthy. “All that matters is that we are still in this division come May 4.
“My message to the players is to just keep doing what we’ve been doing. We won’t waver on that or try to change. Don’t try and be anything other than what we are just because of results elsewhere. Just keep calm, keep focused.
“We’re picking up points, so why would we try and be anything else in the last six games?”
TOWN’S RECENT HOME FORM
Hull (April 13)
Crystal Palace (April 16)
Birmingham (April 27)
TOWN’S RECENT AWAY FORM
Bristol City 1-2
Nottingham Forest 0-1
Sheffield Wednesday (April 20)
Burnley (May 4)