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Leeds United 3 Ipswich Town 2 reaction: Mick McCarthy hails Blues’ display, claiming table-toppers ‘dodged a bullet’

PUBLISHED: 18:10 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 20:21 23 September 2017

A disappointed Mick McCarthy at Elland Road Picture Pagepix

A disappointed Mick McCarthy at Elland Road Picture Pagepix

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hailed his team’s ‘terrific’ display in this afternoon’s 3-2 defeat at Leeds United, claiming the Championship table-toppers ‘dodged a bullet’.

The Blues went toe-to-toe with the in-form hosts in an enthralling game played out in front of 34,000 fans at Elland Road.

David McGoldrick’s header (30) cancelled out Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s opener (13), Town then started the second half on the front foot only for keeper Bartsoz Bialkowski to fumble an inswinging corner over the line for what went down as an own goal (67). Joe Garner quickly pulled one back (71) and Leeds endured a nervy finish.

• Leeds Utd 3 Ipswich Town 2 – Match report & gallery

“I’m always disappointed to lose, but I’m even more disappointed today because of how well we’ve played,” said McCarthy. “I’ll forgive Bart because he probably kept us in the league last year and has been brilliant. There are no recriminations there.

“The first goal was a straight ball down the middle that shouldn’t end up in the back of our net. The second goal. Somebody needs to track their runner. If they don’t, they don’t play – simple as that.

“But I thought we were terrific. Second half we had one hand on their throat and just couldn’t turn it into a goal. I’m really pleased with our performance though. I thought we were terrific.

“We all know it could have been a different outcome had we not defended hopelessly. That’s ifs, buts and maybes though. I can be inspired by how we played because this is a tough place to come. They know they’ve dodged a bullet here today.”

He continued: “We have that spirit and character in abundance – that’s always been the case. We’d have been in serious trouble last year if we hadn’t had that team spirit.

“Today I thought we showed a good deal of quality too. We were very good, so that makes it even more galling that we lost the game.”

With 17-year-old Tristan Nydam handed his second league start for the Blues, McCarthy said: “He was terrific. I guess if he hadn’t been so good you’d have all been asking me why I didn’t start Bersant Celina. I did that because Tristan Nydam is different class. He’s a proper player. How does the song go? He’s one of our own.”

When a Yorkshire-based journalist asked what his aims were this season, he replied: “My aim, always, is to piss off all those people who write me off. I’ve been doing it for about 25 years and I hope I can do it again this season.”

Asked that really was his aim, he replied: “What part of that quote don’t you understand? I don’t say things that I don’t mean.”

Quizzed if his side could be top-six contenders, he said: “If that’s the level of performance we can achieve every week then I think we can look forward to a far better season than last year. Wherever we end up, I don’t know.

“I’m not going to sit here and start saying we can get in the play-offs. People would like to hear that I suppose, but me being pragmatic and stubborn and grounded has served me well over the last 25 years. I’ve done alright.”

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen said: “It was an intense game that had everything. Second half we should have controlled the game a little better, but they put us under pressure and made us suffer. The most important thing was the three points because this was a six point game today when you look at where they are in the table.”

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Ipswich Town are committed to signing loan player Janoi Donacien on a permanent deal once his immigration status is rubber stamped.

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Former Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has been appointed director of football at League Two club Swindon Town.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back with the latest episode of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Ipswich Hospital patients were treated to a visit from the stars of Ipswich Town as they made their annual trip to give out presents on the wards.

Ipswich Town’s Under 23s drew 3-3 with QPR at Playford Road this afternoon. Andy Warren cast an eye over the Young Blues.

Trevoh Chalobah is confident he can help fill the void left following Cole Skuse’s knee injury.

Ipswich Town will field a strong Under 23 side when they take on QPR at Playford Road this afternoon (1pm).

It’s been another week with more losses – but the double whammy on this occasion is that these have been suffered both on the pitch at Stoke and off the field of play, in the reporting of our latest set of accounts. In all honesty, there’s no surprise in either.

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