Now’s not the time to start experimenting with the team, says Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy

Kieffer Moore has made seven substitute appearances for Ipswich Town since joining from non-league F

Kieffer Moore has made seven substitute appearances for Ipswich Town since joining from non-league Forest Green Rovers. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he will not start experimenting with his team until they are mathematically safe from relegation.

The Blues are six unbeaten, but have drawn five of those matches and are nine points above the Championship drop zone with 11 games to play.

Wolves, who are a point above the bottom three following six straight defeats in all competitions, are the visitors to Portman Road tomorrow night (7.45pm ko).

In previous years McCarthy has always waited until games are 100% dead rubbers before giving a few fringe players and youngsters some game time.

Asked if that would be the case again, he replied: “Absolutely, yeah. Kieffer (Moore), does he warrant a start? Yeah, probably, but not in front of Tom Lawrence.


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“Danny Rowe has impressed everybody in training. Then there are the kids, Tristan Nydam, Andre (Dozzell)... Getting Andre back in the team playing the way we are might suit him better in a three.

“I’d like to get Teddy Bishop back in as well, so there are a few things I’d like to see, but I’m not going to do that at the cost of us being as organised as we’ve been and playing like we’ve been playing.

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“Why change it when it’s going well? Let’s make sure we have enough points.”

Does that mean he is still concerned about the possibility of relegation?

“Until we have enough points, yes,” he said. “It’s got less of a concern by the way we’ve played over the last six games. If you’d have asked me six games ago it was more of a concern, of course.

“We’ve played well enough, looked solid enough and looked good enough to get the points.”

He added: “We will get the points required.”

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