Reaction: Ipswich Town boss discusses draw with Leeds United, plus Sears and Huws’ contributions

Luke Chambers is crowded out during against Leeds. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Luke Chambers is crowded out during against Leeds. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy thought his Blues side deserved to pick up all three points against Leeds United at Portman Road, following Saturday afternoon’s 1-1 draw in the Championship.

Town's Emyr Huws beats Ronaldo Vieira (25) and Pablo Hernandez to the ball. Picture: Steve Waller

Town's Emyr Huws beats Ronaldo Vieira (25) and Pablo Hernandez to the ball. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Freddie Sears gave Town a ninth-minute lead, with his third goal of the season, only for Stuart Dallas to equalise three minutes before the break, against the run of play.

Town had chances to win the game in the second half, David McGoldrick hitting the woodwork, then forcing a good save from Rob Green.

Leeds remain in fifth place, while Town are 13th and McCarthy said: “It was a really good positive performance and we could’ve won the game, I thought we were the better team.”

McCarthy made three changes for the game, Cole Skuse coming in for the ineligible Toumani Diagouraga, Christophe Berra replacing Josh Emmanuel in defence, and Sears coming in for the suspended Tom Lawrence.

Town's Myles Kenlock is crowded out by Luke Ayling (2) and Hadi Sacko of Leeds. Picture: Steve Wall

Town's Myles Kenlock is crowded out by Luke Ayling (2) and Hadi Sacko of Leeds. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller


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On Sears, McCarthy said: “It was a toss-up, it was keenly-contested yesterday when the striker position was available because of Tom being missing.

“Myself and TC (Terry Connor) spoke about it, we were not certain which one to go with, we had options, but we both thought Freddie would give us movement, pace, legs.

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“Having been out of the team, I think sometimes, when he’s gone as many games as he had without scoring .... everyone wants to play and they will never admit to it, but when it’s going tough it’s a bit of a relief sometimes.

“We were having to scrap it out and it wasn’t going well, and he’s come back into a team that’s playing well and he’s really energised it with his movement, with his pace and running power. They haven’t enjoyed playing against him today.

Christophe Berra in the thick of the action. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Christophe Berra in the thick of the action. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

“I am delighted he got his goal because for all his other stuff, he wants to score.”

Sears scored the Blues goal but it was McGoldrick and Emyr Huws who once again caught the eye.

On Huws, McCarthy added: “Emyr hasn’t been playing. He played against Fulham (for Cardiff) in the FA Cup and that was about his only game since the start of the season, so for him to come in and done what he has, and then go Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, in really physically tough games, he’s done great.”

Freddie Sears (on ground) beats Leeds United keeper Robert Green to put the home side into a 1-0 lea

Freddie Sears (on ground) beats Leeds United keeper Robert Green to put the home side into a 1-0 lead. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Stuart Dallas wheels away after levelling for Leeds. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

Stuart Dallas wheels away after levelling for Leeds. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

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