Mick McCarthy: There are players that have left Ipswich Town that would love to be back here now
Victory against Rotherham United on Saturday and Portman Road really will be home sweet home.
Town go in search of a third straight victory on their home turf and fourth Championship success on the trot when Steve Evans’ Millers come to Town.
But even if Town fail to add to their impressive run of results, the mood in the camp is unlikely to change, according to manager Mick McCarthy.
“We have had players who have not been happy because they are not in the team and have wanted to go, and I get that,” said McCarthy.
“But I know there are players playing now who would like to still be here because of the way the place is run and the spirit at the club.
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“We try to be consistent in what we do, there are no real slanging matches and there is no abuse, win, lose or draw and we try and create an atmosphere where players enjoy the environment they work in, and clearly they do.”
Two solid professionals, Jay Tabb and Paul Anderson were the latest players to fall victim to McCarthy’s tinkering on Monday night, the Town boss having previously left out one of the heroes of the Wigan win, Luke Hyam, and defender, Tommy Smith.
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“The last thing you want when you bring a player in is for him to sulk, but I knew I wouldn’t get that from Luke (Hyam) because he’s such a good professional,” McCarthy added. “It’s nice when a plan comes together, like it did at Wigan, but it only works if the players buy into it.”
Two out-of-favour Blues, Paul Taylor and Anthony Wordsworth, will not play for loan club Rotherham against Town on Saturday – there is a standard clause in the deal preventing the pair from doing so.