Scott Loach could be dropped as Mick McCarthy prepares to make changes

Mick McCarthy reflects on his side's 2-1 home defeat to Leeds. PHOTO: Gregg Brown.

Mick McCarthy reflects on his side's 2-1 home defeat to Leeds. PHOTO: Gregg Brown. - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is set to rejig his side following three defeats in the opening four matches of the new Championship season.

The Blues boss has deployed a 4-4-2 formation throughout his time at Portman Road and has generally named an unchanged line-up whenever possible.

That looks set to change at Birmingham at the weekend though following a 2-1 home loss against Leeds on Saturday, with keeper Scott Loach one potential player to lose his place.

Loach apologised to his team-mates after letting Ross McCormack’s winner under his body, with summer signing Dean Gerken waiting in the wings.

“Everybody wants to know if I’ll be keeping faith in this player or that player,” said McCarthy, when asked about Loach.


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“I said to the players beforehand that I believe in having faith in them because we’ve played well enough.

“But once you’ve lost three out of four, it maybe changes that thought process slightly. For all of them.

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“A change of formation might be good but I’m not going to go out and sign anyone – I’ve got to address things with the players that I’ve got.”

McCarthy brought in Stephen Henderson for two different loan spells last season, Loach losing his starting place on both occasions.

“He (Loach) comes in (to the changing rooms) afterwards and holds his hands up,” said the Blues boss.

“He’s got no option because he should have stopped it. If he’d have blamed a deflection we might have disagreed.

“I’m not one for pointing the finger at players but wow! It’s as blatant as that.”

Summer signings Paul Anderson and Ryan Tunnicliffe have both caught the eye with brief cameo appearances off the bench and could come into the side at the weekend. Luke Hyam has not had the same attacking impact he did last season, while Anderson would provide a different sort of option on the wing to Carlos Edwards or Jay Tabb.

Paul Taylor is set to play for the Under-21 side today in a bid to improve his fitness further.

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