McCarthy calls upon his fringe players to take their chance in the FA Cup

Carlos Edwards

Carlos Edwards - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has called upon his fringe players to take their chance in tomorrow’s FA Cup third round match against League One side Preston, at Portman Road.

The Blues boss is set to make at least seven changes to his starting line-up following a hectic festive period which included four games in 12 days.

He has confirmed that the likes of Scott Loach, Anthony Wordsworth and new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will start, while it’s understood that Carlos Edwards, Luke Hyam, Stephen Hunt and Tyrone Mings are all set to come into the team too.

Keeper Loach hasn’t played since the 2-1 home defeat against Leeds on August 24, while young left-back Mings has made just four starts since arriving from non-league side Chippenham Town midway through last season.

Midfielder Wordsworth has been limited to just two brief substitute appearances this season, December signing Hunt was dropped after a man-of-the-match display in the 3-1 home win over Blackburn, as was Edwards – a goalscorer in that match.

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“Players all start getting a bit chewy when they are not in the team, but my view is that they should be thinking ‘I’m going to work twice as hard’,” said McCarthy

“They can think ‘I’m only playing because it’s the FA Cup’ or ‘I’m only playing because he’s injured’, and feel sorry for themselves and not play well, or they can think ‘I’m going to give big nose a problem’.

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“I hope it’s the latter.” He continued: “I know Carlos (Edwards) has been chewing and growling a bit because he didn’t play on Wednesday night.

“He’s been growling in the right way though. He’s done everything exactly the same, he’s been a really good pro and not been untoward with me or anybody else.

“Situations can change. I had a right snarl at Frank Nouble recently and he was very fortunate that he went on and played after that incident and look at him now. It’s all about what reaction you get.”

He added: “The guys who have been playing have deserved to be playing. I really feel for some of them – Carlos, Ando (Paul Anderson), Tabby (Jay Tabb). They all did exceptionally well. Hunty (Stephen Hunt) did great when he first came in. Then I change to a 4-3-3 and I’ve got four wingers who can’t get in the team. That’s what happens sometimes though.

“Sometimes I’ll have to say to them ‘this is just the team I want to play – it’s not because you’re playing badly’.”

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