Mick McCarthy ready to stick with a fluid front four after scintillating second half at Blackpool

Paul Taylor (second left) celebrates scoring Ipswich's second at Blackpool alongside Frank Nouble, D

Paul Taylor (second left) celebrates scoring Ipswich's second at Blackpool alongside Frank Nouble, David McGoldrick and Stephen Hunt - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is ready to dramatically drop his structured 4-4-2 formation and allow a fluid front four to provide some much-needed entertainment.

The Blues boss’ mantra has been ‘hard work and organisation’ since he arrived at Portman Road a year ago, a workmanlike midfield and rigid system regularly grinding out uneasy on the eye results.

However, after describing a 1-1 draw at Bolton recently as ‘dour’, admitting that fans were right to boo the team off following an equally tepid 1-1 home draw with Barnsley and then witnessing another wholly uninspiring first half at Blackpool on Saturday, he finally decided that enough was enough.

Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor both came on at the break as the Blues boss switched to all out attack, the aforementioned livewire duo either side of target man Daryl Murphy and tricky forward David McGoldrick playing in an advanced central midfield role.

It worked, with Nouble, Taylor and Murphy all on target as Town came from 1-0 down to dramatically win 3-2, a first away victory of the campaign moving the Suffolk side to within four points of the play-off places.


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Asked if he will consider playing that system from the start when Leicester arrive at Portman Road a week on Saturday, McCarthy said: “Of course I’ll have a look at doing that because we’ve just won a game doing it. It’s nice if you’ve got the personnel to do it. We’d tried all different shapes in the week, I changed it and thankfully it paid dividends.”

On the prospect of six-goal top-scorer McGoldrick playing deeper in the long-term, the Blues boss added: “I think Didz (McGoldrick) can drop in and play in midfield. He’s such a clever footballer and maybe this role could suit him.

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“Sometimes when you’ve big ugly fellas like me kicking him from behind all the time it’s tough.

“This might allow him to find his spaces and play. He’s certainly got a pass in him. He’s a good player.”

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