Reaction: Mick McCarthy on Ipswich Town’s 0-0 draw at Burnley
Mick McCarthy was satisfied with a point after his Ipswich Town side came away from Turf Moor with a 0-0 draw in the Championship.
The Blues were unable to break a club record by winning six away games on the bounce, but are unbeaten in seven on their travels and battled to the last minute to gain a draw on a rain-sodden day in Lancashire.
In a game of few chances, Ryan Fraser, with a long range effort that went just wide, and Luke Hyam, who had a goal-bound effort blocked at the back post, went closest for Town, while at the other end, Andre Gray missed a gilt-edged chance from 18 yards out.
The Clarets also had a goal disallowed when goalkeeper Dean Gerken was impeded as Ben Mee scored a header from a corner, while a couple of tussles between Gray and Blues defenders Tommy Smith and Christophe Berra also went the visitors’ way, much to the disappointment of the home fans.
Gray was also denied by Gerken’s legs at the near post in the second half, while substitute Rouwen Hennings blasted a deflected effort wide with the final kick of the encounter,
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After the game, McCarthy, when asked if a draw was a fair result, said: “Probably”
“There were not many chances but I thought it was a great game, a tough game and the marker was set in the first minute with the first challenge (Berra landing heavily after an aerial challenge with Sam Vokes.
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“That continued until the 94th minute and neither side gave an inch.
“Burnley were promoted two seasons ago and they are the same now. They work very hard and have a toughness about them, but they came up against a good team today that didn’t back down. I imagine some teams would when they come here.”
Asked for his view on the disallowed goal, McCarthy said he saw ‘absolutely nothing’, while on the subject of Berra’s battle with Gray in particular, the Blues boss added: “Gray was backing in and Berra was holding him. They were all whinging that they were fouls, they’re not fouls and there’s a Burnley lad in here laughing at that.
“Christophe stood up to Gray today and I thought he was fantastic.”
On Berra’s knock in the second minute, McCarthy added: “He wasn’t concussed, he was alright. We just him he was Bobby Moore and it was great. When he came off, I thought he was coming off, then he wanted to go up for the corner which I thought was unbelieveable.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy gave little away about new loan signing Paul Digby, who has joined with a view to a permanent deal, from Barnsley.
The youngster has played at age group level for England, including England Under-19s, and McCarthy said he saw the midfielder, 20, who has started just one League One game for the Tykes this season, as a centre-back long-term.