McCarthy calls for perspective after Ipswich Town’s dry January

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has called for a sense of perspective following his team’s dry January.

The Blues claimed 16 points from a possible 18 in December, but won just one of their six games in all competitions last month.

Asked if a number of flat displays were a cause for concern heading into the final 18 games, starting with a match at 20th-place Rotherham tomorrow, McCarthy said: “Yeah, of course. But concern is not the right word. I don’t sit and worry about it, we just look for reasons why and discuss what we can do to improve it.

“Everybody gives me the stats – we lost one game in 20-odd, now we’ve won one in six. There are times in the season when that happens though. And we’re still only three points off the top.

“Results haven’t been as good lately, but the teams towards the bottom start picking up points at this time of the season and the ones at the top start dropping them.


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“We came off last week (following a goalless home draw with Wigan) and saw that Wolves and Norwich had both drawn as well. Bournemouth and Derby have both dropped points at times too.

“We ain’t going to win them all. It’s how you cope with set-backs and making sure you don’t get too up or down with results. I certainly don’t.”

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With the likes of Derby, Middlesbrough and Brentford all spending big money on fees and loan wages ahead of last Monday’s transfer deadline, McCarthy reiterated that he may bolster his low-budget, tight-knit squad when the emergency loan window opens next week.

“We’ve got three games in a week coming up and currently have just 18 fit outfield first team players,” said the Blues boss, who will have 18-goal leading scorer Daryl Murphy available again tomorrow. “And most of them have played a good chunk of the games we’ve played already.

“The loan window is an option. I think now that the window is shut, there will be Premier League clubs that might find they have somebody either surplus to requirements or coming back from injury that needs games.

“We’ll see. At the moment we’re OK though. We’re fine as we are. Our lads have been terrific and I have no reason to think they won’t continue to be terrific.”

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