Mick McCarthy to stay loyal to keeper Dean Gerken, insisting you can’t drop players after one mistake

Dean Gerken

Dean Gerken - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he has to stay loyal to goalkeeper Dean Gerken to avoid creating a feeling of fear among his players.

Gerken spilled a shot straight into the path of Danny Graham for Middlesbrough’s opener on Saturday, the Blues succumbing to a limp 2-0 defeat at the Riverside.

It was an almost carbon copy of a goal Gerken conceded in a 3-1 home defeat to QPR in January, but McCarthy – who was quick to put Gerken back in the team after Scott Loach had deputised superbly in a goalless draw against Blackpool recently – says he will continue to nail his colours to the mast in terms of who his first-choice custodian is.

“I’ve stuck with Dean before and I will be doing that again – I think he deserves that,” said McCarthy, speaking ahead of tonight’s match at relegation-threatened Yeovil.

“I don’t think we can put that goal just down to the goalkeeper. He (Mustapha Carayol) shouldn’t have wriggled away, shouldn’t have got inside, shouldn’t have got the shot, somebody perhaps should have dealt better with the rebound. I’m not going to leave them all out.”

He continued: “If you start looking at a game like last weekend’s, the easy thing to do is say ‘I’ll change that, I’ll change that, I’ll change that’. Actually that’s not the right thing to do.

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“It creates fear if you do that. As a player, if you think ‘if I make one mistake today I might not play in the next one’ it puts fear in your performances.

“You’re playing in front of fans; some are giving you adulation, some are giving you whatever else. And even the ones that are giving you adulation can turn to abuse very quickly. If the players have got ‘the gaffer might drop me’ in the back of their minds too then they’ve got no chance.”

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McCarthy added: “You’ve known me for 15/16 months now, I’m kind of a loyal person and a consistent person. I don’t chop and change on one bad performance. That’s something I learnt from my managers myself, one in particular who stuck with me through a bad spell. I’d played out of my skin before that bad patch and he recognised that I was a good player and would play well again.”

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