Mick McCarthy treating Charlton like Brazil

Mick McCarthy gets animated on the touchline during the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wolves (Champio

Mick McCarthy gets animated on the touchline during the Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wolves (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 21 November 2015. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he’s prepared for tomorrow’s game at Charlton just like he does for every Championship game – expecting the opposition to play like Brazil!

The Addicks are currently 20th in the table and just a point above the relegation zone having won only four matches all season.

Off the field there are problems too, supporters planning a protest against the way Belgian owner Roland Duchâtelet has hired and fired a succession of low profile managers.

Interim head coach Karel Fraeye will take charge of the south London club for tomorrow’s televised lunchtime clash (12.30pm, Sky Sports).

McCarthy, whose side are unbeaten in six, has managed in the Championship long enough now to know never to underestimate any side though.

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“This league is such that one week – and I include us in this – anyone can look like Brazil, while the next they aren’t at it,” he said.

“Well I always prepare as if the opposition is going to play like Brazil.

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“Charlton have got some nice, technical footballers and they’ve played well in a diamond system recently.

“They were top of the league at one stage and unbeaten, then they went 11 games without a win, then, off the back of that, they get back-to-back wins against Sheffield Wednesday (3-1 at home), who beat Arsenal and are flying, and then against Birmingham (1-0 away), who have been as good as anybody.

“That’s just the Championship. You never know what’s going to happen.

“If we play like we did last week (in the 2-2 home draw with Wolves) I’d settle for that all day long because I thought we were excellent.”

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