Michael Chopra has been ‘brillant’ for me admits Mick McCarthy
Bolton v Ipswich: Mick McCarthy has hailed Michael Chopra’s attitude after the Blues striker leapt off the bench to beat Bolton Wanderers.
Town’s number 10 has been forced to watch DJ Campbell become a fans’ favourite – a status further cemented after the loan forward scored his sixth goal in 11 matches after Mark Davies’ fantastic opener for the Trotters.
Cool-headed Campbell equalised from the penalty spot, Town’s third award in successive matches, to set up a grandstand finish.
And it was won by Chopra who showed all his predatory instincts to net a close-range rebound after Bradley Orr’s shot was spilled.
Delighted with the three points, as Town pushed further away from the bottom three, McCarthy paid particular tribute to Chopra.
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The Town boss said: “I am really pleased and thrilled for him.
“He has had some tough times but he has been nothing other than brilliant with me.”
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McCarthy revealed that Chopra even waved away a chance to have a day off to play in a practice match in a bid to impress his manager.
The manager explained: “I said he could have a day off on Wednesday but he said no and instead played in a training game.
“His attitude has been terrific and it was a great goal – a great striker’s goal. He is a player, no mistake about that. He gives us great options.”
After top-scoring last season with 14 goals, Chopra has endured a difficult 2012/13 so far, on and off-the-pitch.
Saturday’s memorable winner was just his third of a stop-start campaign – and his first in three months – but supporters will be hoping his match-winner kick-starts his season.