MANAGER’S REACTION: McCarthy hails his side’s spirit after comeback win against Huddersfield
Ipswich v Huddersfield: Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy wants supporters to start focusing on the positives after his side’s 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Huddersfield Town.
Daryl Murphy’s 89th minute winner made it three wins in eight days for the Blues, David McGoldrick having cancelled out Danny Ward’s 35th minute opener soon after the restart.
On Thursday, a supporter at the club’s AGM had quizzed McCarthy about his side’s record of dropping 17 points from winning positions this season – the joint-worst in the Championship.
The Blues have now claimed 13 points from losing positions though, the best record in the Championship.
“People always remind you of the negative stats,” said McCarthy. “I get told ‘you’ve dropped more points from winning positions than anyone else’, but they neglect to say we’ve won more points than anyone from losing positions.
“We’ve come back and won on a number of occasions and that shows how good the team spirit is here. They are all good mates and that shows on the pitch.
“It’s all about how many points you end up with, not how you achieve them and when you achieve them.”
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Reflecting on the match, which had looked to be fizzling out towards a 1-1 draw until Murphy headed home following a late set-piece delivery, McCarthy said: “It was a great result in a hard fought game.
“I think we deserved it. It was one of them where it was a bit touch and go. I didn’t think it was a penalty (when Christophe Berra collided with James Vaughan at 0-0) .
“It was a harsh decision; they’re both looking at the ball. Vaughany knew exactly what he was doing, he’s cute, and it was just deserts when he missed it. No, he didn’t miss it, Gerks (Dean Gerken) saved it.
“They got their goal out of nothing. He (Adam Hammill) nicked it past Chambo, which wasn’t great, but it was a great response from us.
“Listen, they hit the crossbar and if that goes in then it might have been a bridge too far, but it didn’t and we responded well again.”
- See Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star for match analysis and more reaction.